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New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, More
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New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

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New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, More
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Clockwise from upper left: Sufjan Stevens, JEFF The Brotherhood, Alabama Shakes, Waxahatchee

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This week on All Songs Considered we reflect on age and time, how we make sense of the world as we all grow older, and how it all ties in to the artist who opens this week's show: Sufjan Stevens. Stevens has been busy with numerous projects since releasing his insane masterpiece, The Age Of Adz, in 2010. But he's back with his first official studio album since then, the lovely and intimate Carrie & Lowell. We've got the first single from the album, "No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross."

Also on the program: JEFF The Brotherhood teams up with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson for some red blooded rock and roll, The Alabama Shakes get amped up and explore new sonic territory and we premiere a new electrified cut from Waxahatchee. Plus: the shape-shifting and utterly infectious sounds of Happyness and British poet/rapper Kate Tempest.

But first, Robin sneaks in a song from what he calls the gold standard of American musicals, The Sound of Music. The film version of the musical is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a remastered edition of the soundtrack.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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02Under A Rock
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Waxahatchee

  • Song: Under A Rock
  • from Ivy Tripp

On "Under a Rock," Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield plugs in and rocks out. The Birmingham, Alabama native transitions from her lo-fi acoustic sound to a full band and electric guitar. Her album, Ivy Tripp, will be released April 7.

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02Black Cherry Pie
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JEFF The Brotherhood

  • Song: Black Cherry Pie
  • from Wasted On The Dream

On "Black Cherry Pie" Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall get together with one of their heroes, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, for a rock and roll collaboration. The brothers have also expanded their sound by adding bassist Jack Lawrence and switching from a three-string guitar to a more traditional six-string. Their album, Wasted On The Dream arrives March 24.

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02Don't Wanna Fight
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Alabama Shakes

  • Song: Don't Wanna Fight
  • from Sound & Color

It's been three years since the Alabama Shakes released their breakthrough debut album, Boys & Girls, and on the band's new single "Don't Wanna Fight," singer and guitarist Brittany Howard leaves it all on the floor. Layered with funk grooves and Howard's remarkable vocals, The Alabama Shakes will deliver the soul-driven Sound & Color April 21.

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02Naked Patients
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Happyness

  • Song: Naked Patients
  • from Weird Little Birthday

The band Happyness is three guys from London with a breathtaking range of sounds, like Wilco crossed with Sparklehorse, Pavement and gritty garage rock. With lyrics that are unexpected and dark, but also humorous, Happyness takes us on a bright but twisted trip on this song "Naked Patients."

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03Lonely Daze
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Kate Tempest

  • Song: Lonely Daze
  • from Everybody Down

On "Lonely Daze" the British poet Kate Tempest ruminates on the pressures of romance, loneliness and youth over electronic dance beats and sweeping synth layers. Her album Everybody Down was released in 2014 and she's currently at work on a novel.

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