Tristin Tabish en First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty' <p>MC/producer Ishmael Butler once fronted Digable Planets. But don't expect anything like 1992's "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" with Shabazz Palaces' new album <em>Lese Majesty</em>. Butler's newest project is hip hop-based, but it's also atmospheric. Abstract. Check it out - <a href="">NPR Music is featuring the album</a> in its entirety through July 29, 2014.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:41:22 +0000 Tristin Tabish 49588 at First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty' Books & Beats: July 19, 2014 <p>Experience the sound and atmosphere created by all 22 members of <a href="">The Polyphonic Spree</a> and take a hilarious satirical romp through the pretentious world of literary prizes with “Lost for Words” by Edward St. Aubyn (Farrar Straus and Giroux) – Dan Nailen and Betsy Burton bring you the details.</p><p></p><p><em>Betsy Burton is the co-owner of <a href="">The King’s English Bookshop</a> and Dan Nailen blogs about music and culture at <a href=""></a>. </em></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:33:46 +0000 Tristin Tabish 49489 at Books & Beats: July 19, 2014 RadioWest: Alive Inside <p><a href="">Today's RadioWest</a> is a rebroadcast of a conversation with Michael Rossato-Bennett, the director of "Alive Inside," a documentary that explores the healing power of music. <a href="">The film is screening in Salt Lake City</a> next week (July 22, 2014) as part of RadioWest's <em>Through the Lens</em> collaboration with the Utah Film Center. If you've never checked out a <em>Through the Lens</em> screening - mark your calendar and treat yourself.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:55:03 +0000 Tristin Tabish 49477 at First Watch: The Polyphonic Spree, "Hold Yourself Up" <p>A dreamy, anthemic celebration of life brought to you by The Polyphonic Spree and our friends at NPR's <a href=""><em>All Songs TV</em></a>. Check out The Polyphonic Spree's <a href="">live show in Salt Lake City</a> on July 25, featuring the band's current lineup of 22 members!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//" width="640"></iframe></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:37:10 +0000 Tristin Tabish 49365 at Tiny Desk Concert: Moon Hooch <p>Crank up the's <a href="">Moon Hooch</a>!</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=329523381" width="600"></iframe></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:59:06 +0000 Tristin Tabish 49081 at Books & Beats: July 12, 2014 <p>Dan Nailen previews the upcoming show by indie rockers <a href="">The Hold Steady</a>, and Betsy Burton reviews "Flying Shoes" by Lisa Howorth (Bloomsbury) - an honest, vivid and memorable novel...perfect reading for a lazy summer day.</p><p></p><p></p><p><em>Betsy Burton is the co-owner of <a href="">The King’s English Bookshop</a> and Dan Nailen blogs about music and culture at <a href=""></a>. </em></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:57:17 +0000 Tristin Tabish 49059 at Books & Beats: July 12, 2014 RadioWest: New Music of 2014 <p>Did you catch Bob Boilen (NPR's <em>All Songs Considered</em>) on <em>RadioWest</em> today? Bob shares some of his favorite artists, songs and albums of 2014. <a href="">Check out his complete playlist</a> - which includes music by by St. Vincent, Beck and Kishi Bashi. Lots of good stuff...and plenty more to look forward to for the end-of-year review!</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:59:44 +0000 Tristin Tabish 49024 at RadioWest: New Music of 2014 Coffee and Indie Mambo with Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta <p>Top off your mug and secure your dancing boots, as <a href="">NPR Music</a> brings us the most caffeinated backyard performance of the year...</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=318773307" width="600"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:18:02 +0000 Tristin Tabish 48739 at Books & Beats: July 5, 2014 <p>This weekend's edition of <em>Books &amp; Beats</em> features a preview of the launch of the <a href="">2014 Twilight Concert Series</a> featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill. And just in time for Independence Day, dispel the myths you learned in grade school about the Statue of Liberty with a review of "Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty" (Atlantic Monthly Press) by Elizabeth Mitchell.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:03:59 +0000 Tristin Tabish 48736 at Books & Beats: July 5, 2014 Work it! <p>I've been thinking about you, dear KUER Music readers, as I literally sweat the ear buds out of my head during my daily workout. I thought I'd share a few of the songs that are on my workout mix - the songs that really get me moving. And I'm always on the lookout for new workout tunes, so email me or comment to this post if you have suggestions. Everybody ona move! (la la laaaaaa)...</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:56:53 +0000 Tristin Tabish 48402 at Books & Beats: June 28, 2014 <p></p><p>This weekend on <em>Books &amp; Beats</em>, Dan Nailen previews the upcoming concert by neo soul / indie poppers <a href="">Fitz and the Tantrums</a> and Betsy Burton reviews Emma Healey’s first novel, “Elizabeth is Missing” (Harper) – where we meet Maud, an octogenarian whose mind and memory may be slipping, but nonetheless - she continues her search for her dear friend Elizabeth who seems to have disappeared.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:37:13 +0000 Tristin Tabish 48398 at Books & Beats: June 28, 2014 Behind the scenes of OK Go's "The Writing's on the Wall" video <p>Chances are you've checked out OK Go's video for their new song, "The Writing's on the Wall." Cool, right? Since its release, it's been viewed more than 7 million times. <em>All Songs Considered</em>'s<em> </em>Bob Boilen&nbsp;brings us a <a href="">sneak-peek at how this one-take video was created</a>.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:35:44 +0000 Tristin Tabish 48281 at Books & Beats: June 21, 2014 <p></p><p>Dan Nailen previews the upcoming concert by country music legend and "Poet of the Common Man" <a href="">Merle Haggard</a>, and Betsy Burton reviews the new novel by Laura McBride, "We are Called to Rise" (Simon &amp; Schuster) - a story set in Las Vegas that&nbsp; explores the realities of war and poverty, saints and sinners, and those so down and out that churches and casinos are hardly a factor.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:02:53 +0000 Tristin Tabish 48035 at Books & Beats: June 21, 2014 Using Music: Snap Judgment's Pat Mesiti-Miller <p>If you're a regular listener of <a href=""><em>Snap Judgment</em></a>, you know that each story is crafted with a beat - music isn't simply relegated to a segue or hidden underneath a story. <em>Snap Judgment</em>'s Pat Mesiti-Miller (artist, producer and sound designer) <a href="">talks with Transom</a> about how he uses music to give life to a story. Catch <em>Snap Judgment</em> Saturdays at 11 a.m. on 90.1.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:37:49 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47931 at Using Music: Snap Judgment's Pat Mesiti-Miller All Songs TV: Walter Martin w/Karen O, "Sing to Me" <p>The Walkmen's Walter Martin has produced a <a href="">family-friendly album</a> (<em>We're All Young Together</em>). Here's the video for the song "Sing to Me" featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O (courtesy of <a href="">All Songs TV</a>). So sweet!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:39:30 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47680 at Books & Beats: June 14, 2014 <p></p><p>Dan Nailen previews <a href="">World Party's first concert</a> in Salt Lake City, along with shows by <a href="">Fishbone</a> and <a href="">Jason Isbell</a>. And Betsy Burton reviews "Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: a Nisei Youth Behind a World War II Fence" (University of Utah Press) by Lily Nakai Havey, about her coming of age in two Japanese American internment camps.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:07:40 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47678 at Books & Beats: June 14, 2014 KEXP: Young Fathers <p>Scottish trio Young Fathers rip it up with their live performance of "Get Up." Check out the entire set on <a href="">KEXP's YouTube channel</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=319781280" width="600"></iframe></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:53:19 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47522 at Björk's environmental curriculum <p>Icelandic singer, fashionista and eco-activist Björk's "multimedia exploration of the universe" ecological curriculum has been adopted by schools in several north European countries, including her native Iceland. <a href="">The Biophilia Educational Programme </a>is funded by the Nordic Council, and is designed to promote learning outside of the confines of classroom walls.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:20:54 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47520 at Björk's environmental curriculum Utah Arts Festival: pack your dancing shoes! <p>The <a href="">Utah Arts Festival</a> is a summer tradition. Whether you're in the market for a new piece of artwork or you want to treat the little ones to an afternoon of face painting, there's something to entertain the whole family at this year's festival. As always, there's a fantastic slate of live music: guitarist Anna Popovic, vintage rockers Chris Robinson Brotherhood, singer/songwriter John McCutcheon and newgrass jam banders Mountain Heart. <a href="">Click here for the full music schedule.</a></p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:02:12 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47519 at Utah Arts Festival: pack your dancing shoes! Books & Beats: June 7, 2014 <p></p><p>Betsy Burton explores our capacity to love as well as hate in Anthony Doerr's novel "All the Light We Cannot See" (Scribner) and Dan Nailen previews the <a href=""><span>Janelle Monáe </span></a>concert at Red Butte Garden, along with upcoming shows by <a href="">The Mountain Goats</a> and <a href="">Jessica Lea Mayfield</a>.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:48:44 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47358 at Books & Beats: June 7, 2014 My Driveway Moment with Bob Mould <p>Although I'd arrived at my destination, I sat in my car this morning so I could finish listening to <a href="">David Greene's interview with musician Bob Mould</a>. The band he co-founded in 1979, Hüsker Dü, provided the soundtrack to my teenage years and early 20s. More than half a lifetime later, I'm downloading songs from his new album. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:27:10 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47308 at My Driveway Moment with Bob Mould First Watch: Trampled by Turtles <p><em>All Songs TV</em> brings us a <a href="">video</a> by Trampled by Turtles for their new single, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" Such a sweet summertime song, I'm smitten!</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=318451082" width="600"></iframe></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:09:40 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47253 at Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing <p>What's spinning on public radio? Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist Habib Koite's replaced his guitar with a banjo in his song "L.A." and Ohio folk-poppers Saintseneca put a happy face on loneliness with "Happy Alone" (I'm absolutely loving this song). <a href="">Download the songs</a> that are on heavy rotation at public radio stations throughout the U.S. courtesy of NPR Music.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:04:28 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47028 at Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing KUER's Books & Beats <p>Have you heard KUER's new feature <em>Books &amp; Beats</em> yet? <a href="">Betsy Burton</a> brings you all things books and <a href="">Dan Nailen</a> covers beats. Check the <a href=""><em>Books &amp; Beats</em> archives</a> for previews of upcoming concerts, including Red Butte Garden's 2014 Outdoor Concert Series. <em>Books &amp; Beats</em> airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during <em>Weekend Edition</em> on 90.1.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:27:45 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47027 at KUER's Books & Beats Books & Beats: May 31, 2014 <p></p><p>This weekend's edition of <em>Books &amp; Beats</em> takes us to a surreal and sophisticated Parisian nightclub circa 1932 as Betsy Burton reviews "Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932" by Francine Prose (Harper Publishing). And Dan Nailen previews the launch of Red Butte Garden's 2014 Outdoor Concert Series featuring legendary singer/songwriter <a href="">Emmylou Harris</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 16:01:21 +0000 Tristin Tabish 47025 at Books & Beats: May 31, 2014 Studio 360: Rick Rubin <p></p><p><em>When the sole focus is on making good things and you clear the decks of all the noise, it — so far — has yielded good results.&nbsp;</em> — Rick Rubin</p><p>Did you catch producer <a href="">Rick Rubin on <em>Studio 360</em></a> last weekend? He's produced albums by Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Kanye West and Jay Z. The man is brilliant. Did you hear what he did with Neil Diamond's <em>12 Songs</em> album? Pure magic!</p><p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:13:19 +0000 Tristin Tabish 46910 at Studio 360: Rick Rubin Blue Note Records turns 75 <p>Celebrate the iconic jazz label by streaming this <a href="">special two-hour concert</a> (courtesy of NPR Music) featuring Wayne Shorter, Norah Jones, Jason Moran and more. And don't miss Steve Williams as he brings you a mix of jazz music weekdays from 8 p.m. to midnight on 90.1.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 19:42:32 +0000 Tristin Tabish 46700 at Blue Note Records turns 75 Books & Beats: May 24, 2014 <p>This weekend on <em>Books &amp; Beats</em>, Betsy Burton reviews Peter Heller’s “The Painter” and Dan Nailen previews the upcoming <a href="">tUnE-yArDs show</a>.</p><p>Peter Heller, author of the critically acclaimed novel “The Dog Stars” and longtime contributor to NPR, will read from his new novel “The Painter” at <a href="">The King’s English </a>in Salt Lake City on May 29, 2014 at 7 p.m.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 19:22:18 +0000 Tristin Tabish 46699 at Books & Beats: May 24, 2014 What's Your Go-To Windows-Down Song? <p>Robin Hilton of <em>All Songs Considered</em> is soliciting songs for this week's playlist. What's your go-to windows-down song? <a href="">Comment to the post here</a> or tweet <a href="">@allsongs</a> with your selection. Hopping in my car, rolling down the windows and singing my lungs out as I drive down a lonesome highway is one of my favorite activities. My pick? "Exit Flagger" by Guided by Voices.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:11:21 +0000 Tristin Tabish 46592 at D.D Dumbo: Nomad Busker <p>D.D Dumbo is a sort of bluesy busker version of St. Vincent. He plays a 12-string electric guitar, uses loop pedals and is a rumored nomad. Thu, 15 May 2014 19:21:55 +0000 Tristin Tabish 46344 at