Before illustrating the new Wildwood books with Colin Meloy, artist Carson Ellis created images for several Decemberists album covers, including The Crane Wife.
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April 29, 2010 HarperCollins has signed Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy to a deal to write three novels for middle-school students. Meloy is calling the series Wildwood.
The xx performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
April 24, 2010 Wildly infectious dance beats meet dark, hypnotic rock when Hot Chip and The xx took the stage for a night of live music, webcast on NPR Music Saturday.
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April 21, 2010
On May 25, Jagjaguwar will continue its Midwestern curatorial with the release of Inter-Be, the debut album by the Minneapolis band Peter Wolf Crier. The duo consists of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen.
This latest single by PWC — "Hard As Nails".--
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April 20, 2010 Since forming a few years ago in Milwaukee, Wis., the 10-piece group has been thrilling audiences in and around its hometown with a groove-heavy, horn-powered mix of funk and soul. Now, Kings Go Forth is taking that show on the road, with its first-ever tour of the East Coast. Hear Kings Go Forth in a full concert, recorded live from Washington D.C.'s U Street Music Hall.
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April 16, 2010 In celebration of Saturday's Record Store Day, Merge Records is releasing an exclusive 7" from one of my favorite bands of recent years: Telekinesis. The single is the band's first release since 2009's self-titled album, and features the new songs...
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April 12, 2010 Beck has released the latest installment in his song-by-song recreation of the INXS album Kick. The new track is "Devil Inside," the third in the series.
April 9, 2010 Devo's got a new album coming out in June and the band wants you to decide which songs make the final cut. As the group heads into its final weeks of production, it has a collection of 16 new songs, but only 12 can make it on the final record.
April 8, 2010 The Apples In Stereo have released a crazy new video for the song "Dance Floor," from the band's upcoming new album Travelers In Space And Time.
April 7, 2010 L'avenir is a sharply produced collection of smart, inspired pop. Songs, such as the incredibly infectious opener "Amplify Me," swagger with simple backbeats set against glittery guitars, horns and organs.
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March 25, 2010 Timber Timbre is essentially the music of Taylor Kirk, a native of Toronto, Canada, whose musical motto is "creep on creepin' on." It's an appropriate tagline for a band that makes rustic, atmospheric acoustic music that's as spooky as an autumn ...
Freelance Whales performing a short set at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas during South By Southwest.
March 21, 2010 This is a band to watch this year. The Freelance Whales make incredibly infectious, jubilant music with soaring, five-part harmonies, banjo, harmonium, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar and lots of soulful energy.
March 20, 2010 Day three at SXSW 2010 began with a video shoot at the historic Driskill hotel with Admiral Radley, the newly formed band featuring Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy, and Ariana Murray and Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart.
March 19, 2010 There's a wounded heart in Sharon Van Etten and it is singing. NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and I were sitting next to each other during the performance, and at some point I passed him a note that said, "I can't recall hearing anything more ...
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March 18, 2010 Alex Chilton's band changed lives. With Big Star, music felt limitless, freer, but also more whole. How did they do that?
March 17, 2010 I stopped to catch a couple of songs from this group while heading to another show. The band is Judgement Day, a trio from California that describes itself as "string metal." Move over Brooklyn Rider! The show I was on my way to see was Freelance ...
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