July 29, 2008 Recorded at Atlanta's historic Fox Theater on July 5, Waits delivers a stunning and epic two-and-a-half hour performance, including songs he says he's never attempted outside of the studio before. Backing Waits is a five-piece group featuring Seth Ford-Young (upright bass), Patrick Warren (keyboards), Omar Torrez (guitars), Vincent Henry (woodwinds) and Casey Waits (drums and percussion). "They play with racecar precision and they are all true conjurers," Waits says. "They are all multi-instrumentalists and they polka like real men."
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July 24, 2008 A few weeks ago, someone sent me a leaked clip of David Lee Roth's isolated vocals to "Runnin' With the Devil." It had been circulatin
July 23, 2008 I wasn't going to say anything because I didn't want anyone to think I was an iHole (see Carrie Brownstein's blog post), but a couple weeks ago, when Apple r
July 22, 2008 The Ting Tings' infectious dance rhythms (and a coveted spot in an iPod commercial) have made the English pop duo one of the year's most exciting and hyped new bands. Hear the duo, featuring drummer Jules De Martino and guitarist-singer Katie White, recorded live in concert, from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.
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July 17, 2008 Well, we're all pretty excited here at NPR Music these days. Earlier this week, we learned that we've been nominated for an Emmy, specifically for our Project Song
July 15, 2008 A friend I can usually count on for Web links to the absurd oddities of the world recently pointed me to a truly bizarre progressive rock group from the 1970s called Focus. I don't know how to describe the music of Focus other than as "Yodel Rock....
July 8, 2008 I feel like I'm getting a second chance to live through the '90s. It's not just my hearing Weezer for the first time; it's all the reissues that labels have been
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July 7, 2008 The members of Fleet Foxes like to say they're not much of a rock band, but they are one of the year's breakout acts. The group's self-titled debut, released earlier this year on the Sub Pop label, has earned universal acclaim for its timeless mix of folk, choral and rock. Hear Fleet Foxes recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat.
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July 2, 2008 A while back I was trying to think of a name for my band. I don't actually have a band. I just play music at home by myself.
June 13, 2008 Here's an advantage I have over the rest of you: I've never heard Weezer. Apart from knowing that they were wildly popular in the '90s, I couldn't tell you a thing about them.
June 9, 2008 Okay, once again... if you missed it, we had a lovely Tiny Desk concert with Sam Phillips today. We went live at 4 p.m. ET with video. We'll post an archive of it here later in the week.
June 6, 2008 Right Now on All Songs Considered we're looking at the music that's defined passed generations. Bob Boilen talks with Carrie Brownstein (>
June 5, 2008 Athens, Ga., songwriter Vic Chesnutt is on tour in support of his latest album, North Star Deserter. In Washington, D.C., for a concert at the Black Cat, he stopped by NPR to perform live.
June 4, 2008 Argentina probably isn't the first place you think of for groundbreaking electro-pop music, but for the past several years it's been turning out a number of stunning recordings from some of the genre's most inventive artists. The brother-sister duo Isol and Zypce (that's ee-SOLE and ZIP-see) is about to release one of the year's more curious CDs: a spectacular headphone album, with a richly layered world of blips and clicks, called Sima.
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June 3, 2008 If you ever have the occasion to tune in to a Japanese radio station, chances are you'll find a mix of mostly unbearable pop songs, all of which can leave you thinking the West holds sole bragging rights to all things interesting in music. But Japan also has its own underground and alternative scenes (for lack of a better word) where some of the more inspired bands are at work. One of those is the group, Water Fai.
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