August 28, 2008 Earlier this week, Bob and I got together with Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson and Monit
August 28, 2008 If all goes according to plan this afternoon, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen will be hanging out with Radiohead and attending the last performance of the band's U.
August 25, 2008 Screeching feedback has never sounded more beautiful than it does on Ral Partha Vogelbacher's latest CD, Shrill Falcons. Frontman Chadwick Bidwell says he was listening to a lot of doom metal and noise rock when he set out to compose the album, so it's no surprise he came up with a richly textured collection of songs. Fuzzy guitars rumble over crackling synths and multi-colored, ambient drones.
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August 22, 2008 The Chicago-based math-rock group Maps and Atlases can pack a lot into a three-minute song. The group's latest EP, You and Me and the Mountain, is a supercharged mix of odd meters, intertwining guitar runs and hurried, half-spoken vocals that pass so quickly, it's nearly impossible to follow with just one listen.
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August 21, 2008 If his sprawling online writings are any indication, Brian Coates, frontman for the slowcore group The Great Northwest, has a head full of so many ideas, it's impossible to silence them. It's not a frenetic burst of creative energy, but more of a steady, babbling stream, which is exactly what The Great Northwest's debut album, The Widespread Reign Of sounds like.
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August 20, 2008 Singer-songwriter Sydney Wayser wears her heart on her sleeve. It's a risky move for any musician who wants to be taken seriously, particularly for one like Wayser, whose song stylings are a bit theatrical to begin with. But on her debut collection of piano-driven siren songs, Wayser manages to tread the line between mawkish melodrama and heartfelt elegance with few stumbles.
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August 19, 2008 It'd be easy to dismiss the Athens, Ga., band Nana Grizol as yet another twee college rock group from a town that churns out cutesy artists with yawn-inducing regularity. But from the opening bars of the first track, "Circles 'Round the Moon," with its frolicking guitars and sing-along melody, it's clear that Nana Grizol exudes earnest and irresistible charm.
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August 15, 2008 This is one of our favorite topics of discussion at NPR Music: What was the worst and best decade for pop music? We'll post a survey later asking you what you think, but I say the worst is the '80s.
August 12, 2008 You've probably heard the Hank Williams classic "Your Cheatin' Heart." The song is one of the best examples of the honky-tonk sound Williams helped create, due in no small part to the signature steel guitar that opens the track. The man behind tha...
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....
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