Dublin native Conor O'Brien writes and records under the name Villagers.
May 30, 2010 Listen to Becoming a Jackal, the debut album by the Irish folk-rock band Villagers, and it's hard to believe it's the work of just one guy. Young Conor O'Brien, who says he's been "terrified of bands" ever since his previous group The Immediate broke up, plays nearly everything on this incredibly expansive record. Becoming a Jackal will be available here in its entirety until its release on June 8.
May 24, 2010 When millions of people gathered to watch the series finale of 'Lost' last night, they bid farewell not only to the characters they'd come to love, but also to the brilliant work of composer Michael Giacchino.
May 20, 2010 Thousands came to listen and many tried their best to identify our list of drum fills and breaks, but only a few got all of them right. Read more for the answers.
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May 20, 2010 Arcade Fire is teasing fans with samples of two new songs on its website. The only catch is they're on a virtual LP you have to spin by hand.
Rush drummer Neil Peart at his seriously tricked-out kit.
May 19, 2010 Some songs have drum fills and breaks so immediately recognizable that they ultimately define the entire cut. The All Songs Considered Blog put together a list of drum beats and breaks.
One of several prints by musician and artist Matt Shaw, on display at The Spend's website.
May 18, 2010 The Spend's music is largely acoustic, introspective and intimate, wistfully exploring common themes like lost love, dysfunctional families, growing old and death.
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Guitarist Keith Richards, photographed at the French villa where The Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main Street.
May 17, 2010 This week, Universal Records is releasing a remastered version of Exile on Main Street with a bonus disc of alternate takes and previously unreleased tracks. Keith Richards and Don Was discuss the now legendary album.
May 10, 2010 Dan Snaith of Caribou brought his richly layered mix of psychedelic soundscapes and hooky melodies to Washington, D.C. Hear the swirling world of sound in a full concert, with Toro Y Moi opening.
May 3, 2010 Fredrik's new record, Trilogi, is a strange, dark concept album meticulously crafted in a studio, so there was no telling how the band might pull off its songs in a Tiny Desk Concert. With a single strummed guitar, a snare drum, a maraca and triggered odd sounds, it all came together beautifully.
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Shout Out Louds performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
May 2, 2010 The Swedish pop band Shout Out Louds and the Queens, N.Y., pop group Freelance Whales make utterly infectious music. Hear both bands recorded live in concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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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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