music en Is Treefort Music Festival the Best SXSW Alternative? <p>The five-day music smorgasbord in the City of Trees is manageable, yet offers a bevy of local and national talent.</p><p>I want a t-shirt that reads, “Boise is the Bomb!”A happy alternative would be, “Treefort is for Lovers.” Not necessarily lovey-dovey lovers, but lovers of music—the ones that get ecstatic when they discover a new band, the ones that have their eyes closed and their hands in the air in the front row of a show, and the ones that hate waiting in line or navigating an insanely busy music festival.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:18:13 +0000 Austen Diamond 44994 at Is Treefort Music Festival the Best SXSW Alternative? All Songs TV: Rodrigo y Gabriela <p>NPR Music has launched <a href=""><em>All Songs TV</em></a>, a stream featuring video interviews, live concert footage and "First Watch" debuts hand-picked by <em>All Songs Considered</em> hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton.&nbsp;<em>All Songs TV</em> kicks off with a video for "The Messenger" from one of my favorite duos, Rodrigo y Gabriela. Enjoy!</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:34:43 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44993 at Utah’s Own Polytype Trucks to Texas For SXSW Music Festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the </span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual South by Southwest (</span>SXSW<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Started in 1987 with around 700 attendees, the music conference has now grown to become the world’s largest festival of its kind. More than 2,200 official performers play in 100+ venues within five days, attracting 82,000+ attendees. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:19:40 +0000 Angela H. Brown 44612 at Utah’s Own Polytype Trucks to Texas For SXSW Music Festival On scoring radio <p>Producer Andy Mills <a href="">talks with</a> about how he uses music to create audio magic each week on <em>Radiolab</em>.</p><p><em>I still remember the first time I sat down with my friend Jacob Boll from the band <a href="">The Hudson Branch</a> to work on scoring a radio story. We were listening to a rough draft of a story I was working on and he said of the subject of the story:</em></p><p><em>“She is speaking in the key of C most of the time — so let’s start with that.”</em></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:35:07 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44890 at On scoring radio Oh, These Three Songs: A photographer talks about life in the photo pit <p></p><p>Concert photography—it will either make or break your passion for the art. It can be the easiest or the most difficult shooting experience you’ll ever have, and it rarely lives anywhere between.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:00:57 +0000 Austen Diamond 44545 at Oh, These Three Songs: A photographer talks about life in the photo pit Mistaken for Strangers <p>Last call to check out <em>Mistaken for Strangers </em>(featuring The National's Matt Berninger and his younger brother, Tom) at the Tower Theatre - <a href="">find details here</a>.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:40:47 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44341 at Jack White, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Ray LaMontagne & more <p>This week <em><a href="">All Songs Considered</a></em> brings us a new song by Jack White, sounds from the Alabama-based soul band St. Paul &amp; the Broken Bones and something psychedelic by folk rocker Ray LaMontagne - who will be playing at Red Butte Garden this summer as part of their <a href="">Outdoor Concert Series</a>.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:01:16 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44293 at Jack White, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Ray LaMontagne & more Five years of The State Room <p>Five years ago, Stanley Clarke hit the stage at one of the most intimate music venues in Salt Lake City. Here's to 500 shows in&nbsp;five years, and cheers to 500 more...congratulations to our friends at <a href="">The State Room</a>!</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:59:13 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44231 at Five years of The State Room Music and memory <p>I was at a friend's house, we were sitting on the porch. It was a drizzly grey day. Do you remember where you were when you found out that Nirvana's Kurt Cobain died? Host Ann Strainchamps explores music and memory in the first hour of <a href=""><em>To the Best of our Knowledge</em></a>.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:37:20 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44212 at Music and memory Patatap <p><em>Studio 360 </em>featured this<a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;;utm_campaign=buffer">&nbsp;"portable animation" site </a>on their Facebook page this week and ever since I've been busting out drum beats with the&nbsp;T and Y keys (press any of the keys between A and Z on your keyboard for sounds/animation, and press the space bar for a new palette of sounds). I might just compose the next great symphony here at my desk.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:39:47 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44059 at Patatap Metropolis, 3/22 <p>KCRW's&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Metropolis</em></a> mix series continues to serve as a concise, well-rounded summary of recent exciting developments within dance music, with the latest offering running the gamut from the disco-tinted house of Todd Terje&nbsp;to Special Request's bass-heavy interpretation of Tessela's&nbsp;"Hackney Parrot."&nbsp;You can stream the playlist <a href="">right here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:03:25 +0000 Nathan Fink 44004 at Metropolis, 3/22 Understanding Drew: Drew Danburry reveals his creative inspiration for making music <p>In 2002, a bright-eyed, 22-year-old singer-songwriter decided he needed a new name: A stage name. He gave himself the moniker of Drew Danburry, hit the road with his guitar and never looked back.</p><p>Twelve years touring the United States and 700 shows later, a lot has changed for Mr. Danburry. He got married, became a father and settled down in Utah County. He bought a house and opened up a small business.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:51:27 +0000 Angela H. Brown 43951 at Understanding Drew: Drew Danburry reveals his creative inspiration for making music Yo-Yo Ma's Playhouse <p>Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble incorporate various theatrical props from Brookyln's ACME Studio&nbsp;for a&nbsp;spirited offstage performance, courtesy of NPR Music <em>Field Recordings</em>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=294350328" width="600"></iframe></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:36:58 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43940 at The lost album by Johnny Cash <p>John Carter Cash stumbled across a piece of history&nbsp;as he was sorting through his parents' belongings after they passed away. "It's like finding an old Van Gogh in your closet," John says. "What do you do?" Carter Cash, the only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter, had discovered a lost album by his father - recorded in the early 1980s after a stint in rehab. WPLN's Blake Farmer <a href="">brings us this story </a>about&nbsp;giving life to a forgotten piece of Johnny Cash's legacy.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:19:49 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43891 at The lost album by Johnny Cash Beatlemania: 50 years and counting <p>On February 7, 1964 The Beatles touched down at JFK Airport in New York City. Their subsequent performance on <em>The Ed Sullivan Show </em>could easily fall in the category of events that we often reflect on by saying “I remember where I was when…”&nbsp;Countless musicians have given a nod to seeing the legendary television performance and being mesmerized and inspired.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:41:03 +0000 David Childs 43679 at Beatlemania: 50 years and counting Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line <p>Spring hasn't&nbsp;<em>really</em> sprung until you've listened to the new album by Nickel Creek. <em>A Dotted Line </em>will be released to the public on April 1, 2014 - but NPR Music's got the <a href="">entire album </a>for you through <em>First Listen</em>. I've been streaming it all morning, and I'm smitten. We'll be offering Nickel Creek's <em>A Dotted Line </em>as a thank you gift during KUER's Spring Fund Drive, starting next Friday (April 4). Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:08:59 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43852 at Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line The Bad Plus takes on Stravinsky <p>In homage to a new season when everything's in bloom&nbsp;- open the windows, let the sunshine pour through and crank up the volume as <a href="">The Bad Plus covers Igor Stravinsky's <em>The Rite of Spring</em></a>.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:45:36 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43721 at The Bad Plus takes on Stravinsky Finding solace in an unlikely place <p>Did you hear <a href="">this story </a>on <em>Studio 360 </em>last weekend? Holly Welker was on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taiwan when&nbsp;she finally accepted her truth - she was depressed and&nbsp;experiencing a crisis of faith. “As soon as I said goodbye to my parents, I realized I made a mistake,” she remembers. During a visit to a market one night, she found peace. Take a listen...</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:33:42 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43664 at Lionel Loueke Performs For Jazzset <p>Labeled a "gentle virtuoso" by the <em>New York Times</em>, ​West African guitarist Lionel Loueke specializes in an alluring blend of traditional African styles and the unhindered spontaneity of jazz. &nbsp;Head over to Dee Dee Bridgewater's <a href="">Jazzset</a> to catch an impeccable set from the Lionel Loueke Trio, who recently performed at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:40:08 +0000 Nathan Fink 43605 at Lionel Loueke Performs For Jazzset Tiny Desk Concert: Diane Cluck <p>For some bands—like the twelve members of Balkan brass outfit&nbsp;<a href="">Fanfare Ciocarla</a>—finding enough space in All Songs Considered's <a href="">Tiny Desk</a> studio can be a challenge. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:30:13 +0000 Nathan Fink 43604 at Global Hit Podcast <p>Find out what happens when hip hop collides with the War on Terrorism, listen to the soundtrack to Venezuela's protest movement and learn how a Lebanese woman got a Hollywood gig singing "White Rabbit" in <em>American Hustle - -&nbsp;</em>all<em> </em>just a few clicks away with a subscription to the <a href="">Global Hit Podcast</a>, brought to you by The World's Marco Werman. You can catch <a href="">The World</a> weekdays at 2 p.m.&nbsp;on KUER 90.1.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:15:13 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43502 at Global Hit Podcast Jammy time with Mayer Hawthorne <p>Mayer Hawthorne performs on KCRW's <em>Morning Becomes Eclectic</em>. In his jammies.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=289607141" width="600"></iframe></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:55:56 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43341 at Angeli Symphony <p>Another epic story from <em>Snap Judgment</em>. <a href="">Meet Stuart</a>. Following the tragic death of his son, he has a vision where he claims that angels have given him a special gift. Stuart then drops everything in his life and spends the next 15 years pursuing this&nbsp;divine offering. Listen to how it all unfolds...</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:40:14 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43338 at Neil Young explains the Pono music player <p>Neil Young <a href=";utm_medium=facebook&amp;utm_campaign=20140312">talks about&nbsp;his journey </a>of "rescuing an art form" - developing a music player for audiophiles. "You're all listening to a lot of MP3s. They're very convenient. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:45:08 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43273 at Live from SXSW <p>Totally overwhelmed by the <a href="">nonstop action </a>generating from Austin this week? <a href="">NPR Music is highlighting the festival's best&nbsp;musical performances&nbsp;</a>- check out today's live webcasts featuring Eagulls, Kelis and St. Vincent. And for a daily recap, the team at&nbsp;<em>All Songs Considered </em>is covering the festival with a <a href="">SXSW podcast</a>.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:24:19 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43270 at Live from SXSW Band of Horses, "No One's Gonna Love You" <p>One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands - pared down to a single microphone. Video courtesy of <a href="">KEXP</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=284089536" width="600"></iframe></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:05:35 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43269 at You've Heard Aloe Blacc. But Do You Know His Name? <p>If you're at all like me, you've probably had "<a href=";feature=kp">I Need A Dollar</a>" stuck in your head on more than one occasion. &nbsp;It's a superb bit of neo soul with an absolute earworm of a chorus, but herein lies the rub; can you name the singer? &nbsp;Aloe Blacc has been quietly releasing quality music for a few years now, from his own solo work to a recent uncredited turn as lead vocalist on Avici's smash hit "Wake Me Up", but for some reason the talented singer has remained mostly unknown. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:17:08 +0000 Nathan Fink 43208 at You've Heard Aloe Blacc. But Do You Know His Name? Tiny Desk Concert: Brass Bed <p>For the latest in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Louisiana's Brass Bed braves a recent stretch of bad luck—including a sick lead singer, family deaths and stolen equipment—to deliver a stellar set, with four songs from the group's latest record, <em>The Secret Will Keep You</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src=";mediaId=280772269" width="600"></iframe></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:59:45 +0000 Nathan Fink 42905 at Afghanistan Homecoming, "Partner in Crime" <p>Did you hear <a href="">this story </a>on <em><a href="">Snap Judgment </a></em>last weekend? After September 11, 2001 - Ariana Delawari and her father decided to move back "home" to Afghanistan. While her father fights for peace through business, Ariana uses the only weapon she knows how to use: music. Such a powerful story. Settle in, listen, enjoy.</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:13:22 +0000 Tristin Tabish 42899 at Afghanistan Homecoming, "Partner in Crime" The Austin 100: 6 hours of downloads <p>Each year, the gang at NPR Music hand-picks 100 of the best musical discoveries from more than 2,000 bands/musicians featured at SXSW (yep - <em>2,000+ BANDS!</em>). <a href="">Swing by NPR Music </a>to download all six hours of music or select individual songs (you can also stream&nbsp;as a continuous mix). <a href="">SXSW</a> kicks off this Friday, March 7.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:39:27 +0000 Tristin Tabish 42856 at The Austin 100: 6 hours of downloads