May 12, 2013 On The Lighthouse, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins engineer an overstuffed, idea-packed collision of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, psychedelic space-rock, spoken-word poetry, protest music and more. Along the way, they examine innumerable intersections of love, politics, spirituality, healthy living, parenthood and world citizenship.
May 12, 2013 The duo returns with a concept album about wildlife, with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction. Animals may burrow in and out of each of these songs, but they're merely helping humanity forge a pathway to madness.
May 9, 2013 To the vinyl lover who dumped her collection years ago: First off, we feel terrible for you, but we're here to offer some tips on how to rebuild.
May 9, 2013 KCRWSitting poolside on a picnic table under the blazing California sun, the band performs its bittersweet single "High School Lover" with only an acoustic guitar and light percussion for accompaniment. The result is pure sunshine — a perfect soundtrack to the shimmery leisure that surrounds the band on all sides.
May 2, 2013 Familiarity can breed contempt. So how do you rekindle passion for the albums you once loved?
April 28, 2013 On his second album, the perfectionist and multi-instrumentalist applies a beachy sparkle to 37 minutes of fresh, fun rock 'n' roll. The result feels like the work of a young artist who's both newly grown-up and still growing.
April 28, 2013 Playful, soft, sunnily melancholy and springlike, Zooey Deschanel's songs with M. Ward once again subsist on the strength of their own agreeability. Timelessness has long been key to the duo's charm, and indeed, Volume 3 seems to be floating through AM speakers at all times.
April 25, 2013 Parents pass down countless behavioral and cultural inheritances. Is it possible to pass down musical taste?
April 25, 2013 With the Beastie Boys taking their "sugar with coffee and cream," Carly Simon finding "clouds in my coffee," and countless singers using black coffee as a metaphor for a life in need of a swift kick, it was actually tough to narrow a caffeinated playlist down to just 10 selections.
April 21, 2013 The saxophonist infuses his solo records with an unsettling rumble, while still making room for alternately grandiose and guttural moments that awe and unnerve. His new album features vocal contributions from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.
April 21, 2013 Monomania has a dirtier, wirier, less fussed-over feel than the band has cultivated in recent years. The band's fifth album captures Bradford Cox's gift for self-laceration and unpredictability, but it moves in a less studio-bound direction, closer to the raw and unhinged spirit of his live shows.
April 18, 2013 For those with stacks of CDs and little desire to go digital, how do you thin out your collection?
April 15, 2013 Sinewy and powerful as ever, and backed by his longtime band, Nick Cave works the crowd like a revival preacher at half-speed during a career-spanning set at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas. Watch Cave perform "Jubilee Street," "From Her to Eternity" and "Push the Sky Away," and hear audio of his full set.
April 14, 2013 Formed as a free-wheeling, 15- to 20-piece side project for a group of orchestra students, Mother Falcon crafts a sound that soars with the grandiosity of Arcade Fire at its most anthemic. Its second album, You Knew, captures the hugeness of a band that can't fit on many of the stages it plays.