November 16, 2012 The Zolas' latest music video, for the song "Knot In My Heart," was crafted using stop-motion and live actors, a time-intensive process that the video's director and members of the band call "grueling" and "excruciating."
November 14, 2012 On this edition of All Songs Considered hear a song from the album that helped convince host Bob Boilen to lift a 34 year-old ban on arena rock shows. We've also got some great new discoveries, including the ambient rock group IO Echo, and the mesmerizing singer Angel Olsen.
November 9, 2012 This week's All Songs Considered debate is all about the bands that keep us waiting — and waiting — for new records. My Bloody Valentine is finally promising a followup to the band's truly amazing Loveless album, more than 20 years later. What other bands really ought to have a new record out by now?
November 7, 2012 Many bands — from the early '70s rock group Mott the Hoople to the more recent prog-jam band Umphrey's McGee — have cringe-worthy names but make music that's so good, you can forgive them. What are some of your favorite bands with not-so-favorite names?
November 5, 2012 Lytle's deeply affecting story-songs offer listeners moments of fantastical escape or quiet reflection, while examining the mundane hopes and failed dreams of oddball characters. Watch him perform solo acoustic versions of songs from his latest record, plus one classic Grandaddy tune.
October 29, 2012 These aren't sad cases of completely unknown bands. They may even have the respect of critics and a decent fan base. But for whatever reason haven't made it to the majors. Weigh-in on the latest nerd debate at our office.
October 25, 2012 The insanely infectious, utterly charming Thao And The Get Down Stay Down is giving fans a taste of the band's forthcoming album with a new cut released today on the band's website. The song, "Holy Roller," is from We the Common, due out Feb. 5.
October 24, 2012 Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and Sea of Bees singer-songwriter Julie Ann Bee fell for each other's work and decided to put out a single together. The special 7" will drop on Black Friday (a.k.a. Record Store Day) in November.
October 19, 2012 This week's drum-fill quiz was selected by Murph, longtime drummer for the band Dinosaur Jr. A couple of these are pretty easy, but this is otherwise one of the most challenging quizzes we've done. See what you think.
October 7, 2012 The former Grandaddy singer's songs are as sweetly sad as they are comical, and as intimate as they are epic. Lytle simply tells stories — mostly fictional tales that offer listeners little moments of fantastical escape or quiet reflection.
October 3, 2012 If it were the late 1960s, Lawrence Arabia might be one of the biggest bands in the world.