Bob "I See Rainbows" Boilen, resident enigma at NPR Music.
September 30, 2010 All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton questions host Bob Boilen's choices in music to calm the nerves. When you're angry or freaking out, what music do you reach for to bring you back down to earth?
September 28, 2010 Is our ability to like something inextricably linked to whatever scene or cultural movement is typically associated with that thing? All Songs Considered Producer Robin Hilton wonders why we like the music we like, and sneer at everything else.
September 26, 2010 Five years after releasing Illinois, Stevens is back with a new collection of songs called The Age Of Adz. While the prolific and sometimes reclusive artist has said he'll never finish his series of albums about states, his new record is just as ambitious, with a sound unlike anything Stevens has crafted up to now. Hear the album now.
Superchunk performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
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September 17, 2010 After nearly a decade off, Superchunk is back with Majesty Shredding, a potent guitar-rock album with all the youth, exuberance and inspiration of the band's '90s work. Superchunk showcased the new songs, along with old favorites, in a full concert recorded live from the 9:30 Club.
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Even in a crowded field, Sharon Van Etten stands out as one of the most beguiling songer-songwriters around.
September 15, 2010 The world isn't exactly suffering from a shortage of earnest singer-songwriters. There are enough gently strummed folk songs and ballads about broken hearts to last anyone a lifetime. But in a crowded field, Sharon Van Etten stands out as one of the most beguiling artists around.
Strange creatures take the stage in Of Montreal's spectacular performance at the 9:30 Club, in Washington, D.C.
September 14, 2010 Everything about Of Montreal is a spectacle, and the band's live performances are no exception. Led by frenetic frontman Kevin Barnes, it stages fantastically theatrical concerts with elaborate sets, multiple costume changes and synchronized dancing, all driven by unpredictable songs. Hear Of Montreal recorded live in concert.
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September 10, 2010 Asthmatic Kitty Records is giving away another track from the upcoming Sufjan Stevens record, titled The Age of ADZ. The song, "Too Much," is available as a free download from the label's website.
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Kevin Barnes (of Montreal)? Zombie.
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September 9, 2010 When the world inevitably cleaves into warring camps of zombies and vampires, which artist or band is on which side? David Bowie? Vampire. Iggy Pop? Zombie. Billy Joel? Definitely a zombie. But the members of Hanson are zombies.
The touring band for Of Montreal, L-R: Dottie Alexander, Bryan Poole, Nicholas Dobbratz, Kevin Barnes (center), Davey Pierce, Clayton Rychlik, Thayer Sarrano.
September 5, 2010 The new record from Of Montreal can be summed up in a word: bonkers. False Priest, the 10th album from imaginative and exuberant frontman Kevin Barnes, is a gloriously unpredictable sonic joyride. Shape-shifting songs swirl together bits of Motown funk and dirty guitar noise with disco, '80s new wave, techno beats and neo-psychedelic soundscapes. Hear the album in its entirety the week before its release on Sept. 14.
September 1, 2010 Despite being a wildly successful album, 1997's Buena Vista Social Club was never supposed to happen, at least not how its creators intended. Now producer Nick Gold has finally brought together the original artists for an all new project.
August 27, 2010 The '80s never died. An astonishing number of the CD submissions we receive show the angular pop of the decade is alive and well.
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August 27, 2010 The song from the new album The Age Of Adz signals a new direction for Stevens, with glitchy beats and simple synth lines, instead of the acoustic guitars and banjos on earlier albums. Listen and tell us what you think.
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August 26, 2010 Stevens will release his first full-length album in five years on Oct. 12. It's called The Age Of Adz (pronounced "odds") and comes just a week after Stevens released the All Delighted People EP.
August 25, 2010 Czarnik is a soulful, fluid rapper, backed by the five-piece Eric Mire Band. Together, they've produced a truly surprising, potent and thoughtful mix of funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop.
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Philip Selway, also known as the drummer for Radiohead.
August 22, 2010 The drummer is usually the last one fans look to for a solo record. But when you hear the beautifully produced pieces Radiohead drummer Philip Selway came up with for his new album Familial, it's easy to see him not as a percussionist, but as a fully formed singer-songwriter.
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