January 31, 2011 The band that crafted a beautiful world of sweet harmonies and delicate guitars on its 2008 self-titled debut will soon return with a highly anticipated follow-up.Titled Helplessness Blues, it comes out on May 3 from Sub Pop.
January 31, 2011 It got loud at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club when the punk-infused band Wavves and the garage-rock revivalists in Best Coast came together for a night of live music. Both bands were recorded live in concert on Jan. 31, 2011.
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January 30, 2011 After devoting a few years to more conventional folk- and country-flavored songs, Bright Eyes returns with an adventurous, career-defining work in The People's Key. Hear the album in its entirety before its Feb. 15 release date.
Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis.
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January 30, 2011 The band Telekinesis uses a backdrop of buzzing guitars, bouncing beats and ambient effects in its catchy songs about unrequited love. Telekinesis' new album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, will stream here in its entirety until Feb. 15.
Michael Benjamin Lerner, the only permanent member of Telekinesis.
January 10, 2011 Hear a sneak preview of the upcoming new album from the band Telekinesis. The group makes unabashedly joyful pop music full of warmth and beauty. The new record, due out in February, is 12 Desperate Straight Lines.
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January 9, 2011 When the Chicago rock band Smith Westerns released its gritty and addictive debut in 2009, some fans wondered whether the group had enough staying power to release a worthy followup. Dye It Blonde shows that the young band has plenty of depth and a lot more to say. Hear the album in its entirety.
A snapshot of Andrew Kuo's chart of his top five albums of 2010, from The New York Times.
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December 17, 2010 Talk in the NPR Music office this morning focused on Andrew Kuo's eye-crossing chart of his Top 5 albums of 2010. Kuo, the obsessively analytical artist for The New York Times, has built a dizzying, color-coded grid that shows... something.
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December 16, 2010 Belle and Sebastian is wrapping up it's 2010 tour with a final stop in the band's hometown of Glasgow and wants you to see and hear it all. The band will live webcast video of the concert on NPR Music beginning at 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday, Dec. 21.
The debate over the year's best albums at NPR Music got heated at times.
December 14, 2010 All Songs Considered listeners nominated hundreds of artists and albums, and cast tens of thousands of votes for their favorites. In the end, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs was way ahead of everything else.
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December 7, 2010 All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton offers his picks for the year's best music, from the epic sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Jonsi to the quiet, more intimate sounds of Candy Claws and Deerhunter.
December 1, 2010 The gang at All Songs Considered will share their favorite songs and albums of 2010 on an upcoming episode. But for now it's your turn. Tell us your picks for the best albums of 2010. We'll post the results on Dec. 14.
November 22, 2010 It's been nearly a year since the much-beloved singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt tragically took his own life. Now the Cowboy Junkies are remembering the late artist with a new tribute album of his songs.
November 22, 2010 The Icelandic singer usually warbles her folk-flavored tunes in her native Nordic tongue. But her new record, Innundir Skinni, is her first to include songs sung in English. Watch Arnalds perform a lovely Tiny Desk Concert from the NPR Music offices.
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November 14, 2010 The music and voice of singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten are engineered to turn each listener into a weepy, vulnerable heap. In this lovely performance at the NPR Music offices, Van Etten plays a beguiling set of songs from her latest album, Epic.
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November 10, 2010 If you're stranded on an island (with a stereo), what five albums do you absolutely have to have? All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton reevaluates his own "Island Five" list and offers a mix of music for starless nights of solitude.
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