January 31, 2013 The video for "How Long," from How To Destroy Angels' debut album, Welcome Oblivion, imagines a terrifying, dystopian future where man hunts man for survival.
January 30, 2013 Canadian soprano Rachel Zeffira didn't know much about My Bloody Valentine before discovering the band's album Loveless a few years ago. But she could immediately imagine the group's music as fully orchestrated, acoustic pop.
January 29, 2013 The Brooklyn-based band was on the verge of collapse when its main songwriter, Dan Messe, discovered the healing power of his own music. The result was a new album called Departure And Farewell and a stunning, new animated video.
January 28, 2013 Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down wants you to know she really doesn't care what critics say about her music. But in a new video to promote her band's latest album, We The Common, the singer decides that one writer has gone too far.
January 25, 2013 Love is such a knotty mess. Even the little things someone does to make you feel good can lead to resentment and crushing breakups. In their new video, Adam Green and Binki Shapiro sing about their exes and all the niceties they took for granted.
January 23, 2013 The NPR Music Team has been hard at work putting together plans for this year's South By Southwest music festival and conference, and we're happy to announce that Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds will kick off our opening night showcase on the night of Mar. 13.
January 22, 2013 You can NOT be serious! You'd put Grandaddy's "Jed The Humanoid" over "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles?! And I see no mention of Bob Dylan on this list! How daaaaare you. This week's debate looks at our favorite stories told in song.
Greg Saunier (left) and Sean Lennon of the band Mystical Weapons.
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January 10, 2013 It's often hard to know what a song means. Sometimes musicians have a clear theme or idea in mind, and other times even they don't have a clue what they were thinking. In a new video, animator Martha Colburn finds deeper meanings in the improvised music of Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier.
January 7, 2013 This year, instead of fake-committing to the usual health, fitness and money management resolutions each new year brings, why not vow to change some of the ways you listen to and love music?
January 3, 2013 By our count, Ty Segall's latest group, called "Fuzz," is the ninth band or side-project for the already ridiculously prolific guitarist. As the name suggests, the first two tracks from Fuzz are fantastically distorted rock numbers inspired by late '60s metal.
The Polyphonic Spree performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
December 21, 2012 The sprawling assortment of singers, horn players, guitarists and percussionists is the largest band we've ever hosted at the Tiny Desk. But Tim DeLaughter and his group say they're used to playing a game of "human Tetris," and had no problem squeezing behind Bob Boilen's desk for this special holiday performance.
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Members of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band of Australia during an attempt to set a world record by playing Christmas carols for 40 straight hours.
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December 17, 2012 This time of year brings out the best and worst in us when it comes to music, and we all have our memories of seasonal songs. All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton remembers a painfully unforgettable childhood performance of "O Holy Night."
Cat Power (Chan Marshall) put out the best record of her career in 2012, with the triumphant Sun.
December 12, 2012 For one listener, it was a good year for albums that were big and loud, but a few quieter, introspective picks snuck onto Robin Hilton's list as well.
The Polyphonic Spree, under a shower of confetti.
December 4, 2012 The super-sized band is on a holiday music tour to perform seasonal songs, including a beautiful version of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." In this video, the song is set to animated watercolor paintings by artist Gala Bent.
December 3, 2012 When you think of the music you loved and listened to the most in 2012, you might find they're not the same thing. Using the "Play" count in iTunes it's easy to get a reality check and see just how many times you actually listened to "Gangnam Style."
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