March 25, 2010 Timber Timbre is essentially the music of Taylor Kirk, a native of Toronto, Canada, whose musical motto is "creep on creepin' on." It's an appropriate tagline for a band that makes rustic, atmospheric acoustic music that's as spooky as an autumn ...
Freelance Whales performing a short set at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas during South By Southwest.
March 21, 2010 This is a band to watch this year. The Freelance Whales make incredibly infectious, jubilant music with soaring, five-part harmonies, banjo, harmonium, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar and lots of soulful energy.
March 20, 2010 Day three at SXSW 2010 began with a video shoot at the historic Driskill hotel with Admiral Radley, the newly formed band featuring Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of Grandaddy, and Ariana Murray and Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart.
March 19, 2010 There's a wounded heart in Sharon Van Etten and it is singing. NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson and I were sitting next to each other during the performance, and at some point I passed him a note that said, "I can't recall hearing anything more ...
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March 18, 2010 Alex Chilton's band changed lives. With Big Star, music felt limitless, freer, but also more whole. How did they do that?
March 17, 2010 I stopped to catch a couple of songs from this group while heading to another show. The band is Judgement Day, a trio from California that describes itself as "string metal." Move over Brooklyn Rider! The show I was on my way to see was Freelance ...
The Brooklyn-based trio strips down its wall of noise for an intimate performance at NPR Music.
March 15, 2010 For much of the past year, the band has stunned live audiences with its extraordinary range, moving seamlessly and gracefully from quiet, delicate moments to thundering swells of chaotic rock noise. That said, for this Tiny Desk performance, the trio pulled way back, offering stripped-down versions of songs from Hospice.
March 11, 2010 Emily Rodgers has one of those haunting, unforgettable voices that radiates with a surreal beauty. On her latest CD, Bright Day, the Pittsburgh-based singer-songwriter pairs her gently plucked guitar with spare, brushed rhythms and strange sonic ...
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March 11, 2010 We know we've only touched on the tip of a very big iceberg of music at this year's South by Southwest festival and conference. So tell us what bands we missed or what artists we should make a point of checking out while we're in Austin.
March 9, 2010 All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton reflects on the loss of Mark Linkous, the imaginative mind and voice behind the music of Sparklehorse. Linkous killed himself this past weekend, two months after the loss of another artist to suicide, Vi...
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March 7, 2010 Mark Linkous, the voice and imaginative mind behind the psych-folk rock group Sparklehorse, has committed suicide, Rolling Stone magazine reports.
March 5, 2010 This weekend, All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, our intern, Will Butler, NPR Music contributor Mike Katzif and I will gather at Bob's sweet, suburban pad to listen to some of the greatest, most astounding music ever recorded: our own.
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March 5, 2010 A year-long dispute between Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and EMI Records appears to be resolved, clearing the way for an overdue release of Dark Night Of The Soul, the all-star album he produced with Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous). Though specifics ...
March 2, 2010 All day today, the staff at NPR Music has been consumed with finding new ways to rework composer Frederic Chopin's name. It all started because this year marks the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. NPR Music is celebrating the occasion with a...
February 26, 2010 We've finally filled the last spot on our South by Southwest day party bill. Smith Westerns, the incredibly frenetic (and very young) group of guys from Chicago, join what was alreadya pretty awesome lineup.
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