David Bazan (right), with bassist Andy Fitts (middle) and drummer Alex Westcoat (left).
April 28, 2011 David Bazan, the brooding, gifted poet behind the now defunct indie-pop group Pedro The Lion, will release his second solo album next month, called Strange Negotiations. Hear a sneak preview.
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April 26, 2011 Lost in the Trees and singer-songwriter Sean Rowe are currently on tour together. See the group rehearse a gorgeous version of Leonard Cohen's "So Long, Marianne."
Burst Apart, The Antlers' follow-up to 2009's Hospice, comes out May 10.
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April 24, 2011 What do you do when your first major release is a career-defining album? The Brooklyn trio answers that question with Burst Apart, its follow-up to 2009's Hospice. Hear the new album in its entirety here until its release on May 10.
April 23, 2011 The synth-pop deconstructionist will release his third and potentially breakout album this summer called We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves. Get an early peek with the video for the first single, "Believer."
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon
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April 20, 2011 The Jagjaguwar label today announced its plans to release a long-awaited followup to Bon Iver's incredible 2008 album For Emma, Forever Ago. The new record, due out June 21, is called simply Bon Iver.
The Austin-based duo Zorch, as surf and turf.
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April 20, 2011 The question on everyone's mind: Is All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton really a lizard disguised as a human? And is he part of a magnificent reptilian race that's secretly controlling our lives? The band Zorch ponders this and more on its new song, "Lesbian Seagulls."
April 19, 2011 Warp Records is announcing the imminent release of a new album from legendary producer and artist Brian Eno. The record, Drums Between the Bells, will be released as a hardback book with two CDs on July 5. It'll also be available on CDs only, on vinyl and as a digital download.
April 18, 2011 See why Vanderslice calls the recording sessions for his latest album, White Wilderness, "total anarchy." The entire record was captured live in two days, with help from a collective of classically trained musicians called the Magik*Magik Orchestra.
Ryan Lott writes and records under the name Son Lux.
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April 11, 2011 Sometimes art comes from divine inspiration and sometimes it's just showing up and doing the work. The electronic musician known as Son Lux got to consider as much when he agreed to our challenge to write and record an entire album, from start to finish, this past February.
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April 10, 2011 This past February, the artist known as Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott) wrote and recorded an entire album, from start to finish, in just four weeks. He documented the entire creative process on the All Songs Considered blog. Now, Lott is making the whole record available to hear.
Peter Bjorn and John's new album is Gimme Some.
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March 20, 2011 Gimme Some is a return to the bright, bouncy songwriting that characterized the Swedish pop band's ridiculously catchy Writer's Block. Hear the whole thing until March 29.
Brian Muldoon and Jack White (right) of The Upholsterers on the cover of the Makers of High Grade Suites 7".
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March 14, 2011 As an upholsterer and musician in Detroit, Jack White and a workmate hid some of their rare recordings inside reupholstered furniture. Hear White tell the tale.
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The Lower Dens perform live at The Black Cat in Washington, D.C. on March 11.
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March 12, 2011 One of the moodiest and most grippingly emotional bands to emerge from Baltimore's music scene performed live at Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat. Their set can be heard and downloaded right here.
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March 7, 2011 Hear a sneak preview of an upcoming EP from the duo featuring Danger Mouse and James Mercer. The song, "Windows" is from a new collection of songs called Meyrin Fields, due out March 29.
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March 4, 2011 See a new video by the mesmerizing artist known as Sea of Bees: "Willis" is one of the standout cuts from last year's stunning Songs for the Ravens.
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