music http://kuer.org en First Listen: Pixies, "Indie Cindy" http://kuer.org/post/first-listen-pixies-indie-cindy <p>Pixies are back! Well, sort of. Kim Deal is out, but Frank Black and the remaining members rock out a new album that manages to sound old <em>and</em> new...reminiscent of their 1991 release <em>Trompe Le Monde</em>, and reflective of the band's evolution into middle age. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/21/302725721/first-listen-pixies-indie-cindy">Try it</a> (before all of the "cool" kids are listening to it) - I think you'll like it.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:26:40 +0000 Tristin Tabish 45302 at http://kuer.org First Listen: Pixies, "Indie Cindy" Muscle Shoals http://kuer.org/post/muscle-shoals <p>If you missed the screening of <a href="http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/muscle-shoals/film.html">Muscle Shoals </a>from Independent Lens, you can catch it this week on <a href="http://www.kued.org/">KUED-7</a>. This documentary explores the story of FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and the signature sound that turned an "undescript little town" into a legend.<iframe frameborder="0" height="376" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" seamless="" src="http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365197509" width="512"></iframe></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:07:42 +0000 Tristin Tabish 45226 at http://kuer.org Remembering Jason Molina http://kuer.org/post/remembering-jason-molina <p>In tears after listening to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304918830/remembering-jason-molina-a-musician-who-refused-to-look-back">this piece</a>. Musicians remember Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.) with a release of Molina's out-of-print 7" records. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters brings us this tribute.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:15:35 +0000 Tristin Tabish 45218 at http://kuer.org Remembering Jason Molina Is Treefort Music Festival the Best SXSW Alternative? http://kuer.org/post/treefort-music-festival-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 http://kuer.org Is Treefort Music Festival the Best SXSW Alternative? All Songs TV: Rodrigo y Gabriela http://kuer.org/post/all-songs-tv-rodrigo-y-gabriela-0 <p>NPR Music has launched <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/146587997/all-songs-tv"><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="//www.youtube.com/embed/0dN91dhERgA" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:34:43 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44993 at http://kuer.org Utah’s Own Polytype Trucks to Texas For SXSW Music Festival http://kuer.org/post/utah-s-own-polytype-trucks-texas-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 http://kuer.org Utah’s Own Polytype Trucks to Texas For SXSW Music Festival On scoring radio http://kuer.org/post/scoring-radio <p>Producer Andy Mills <a href="http://transom.org/2014/using-music-andy-mills/">talks with Transom.org</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="http://www.thehudsonbranch.com/home/">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 http://kuer.org On scoring radio Oh, These Three Songs: A photographer talks about life in the photo pit http://kuer.org/post/oh-these-three-songs-photographer-talks-about-life-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 http://kuer.org Oh, These Three Songs: A photographer talks about life in the photo pit Mistaken for Strangers http://kuer.org/post/mistaken-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="http://saltlakefilmsociety.org/mistaken-for-strangers/#more-10792">find details here</a>.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FNmprL3SOlM" width="560"></iframe></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:40:47 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44341 at http://kuer.org Jack White, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Ray LaMontagne & more http://kuer.org/post/jack-white-st-paul-broken-bones-ray-lamontagne-more <p>This week <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/04/01/297295626/new-mix-jack-white-ray-lamontagne-lyla-foy-more">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="http://www2.redbuttegarden.org/concerts">Outdoor Concert Series</a>.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:01:16 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44293 at http://kuer.org Jack White, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Ray LaMontagne & more Five years of The State Room http://kuer.org/post/five-years-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="http://www.thestateroom.com/">The State Room</a>!</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:59:13 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44231 at http://kuer.org Five years of The State Room Music and memory http://kuer.org/post/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="http://www.ttbook.org/book/music-and-memory"><em>To the Best of our Knowledge</em></a>.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:37:20 +0000 Tristin Tabish 44212 at http://kuer.org Music and memory Patatap http://kuer.org/post/patatap <p><em>Studio 360 </em>featured this<a href="http://www.patatap.com/?utm_content=bufferb6c24&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=facebook.com&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 http://kuer.org Patatap Metropolis, 3/22 http://kuer.org/post/metropolis-322 <p>KCRW's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kcrw.com/music/metropolismusic"><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="http://www.npr.org/blogs/metropolis/2014/03/24/293866138/metropolis-3-22-14">right here</a>. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:03:25 +0000 Nathan Fink 44004 at http://kuer.org Metropolis, 3/22 Understanding Drew: Drew Danburry reveals his creative inspiration for making music http://kuer.org/post/understanding-drew-drew-danburry-reveals-his-creative-inspiration-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 http://kuer.org Understanding Drew: Drew Danburry reveals his creative inspiration for making music Yo-Yo Ma's Playhouse http://kuer.org/post/yo-yo-mas-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="http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=294345739&amp;mediaId=294350328" width="600"></iframe></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:36:58 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43940 at http://kuer.org The lost album by Johnny Cash http://kuer.org/post/lost-album-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="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/23/292566529/a-portrait-of-johnny-cash-in-recovery">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 http://kuer.org The lost album by Johnny Cash Beatlemania: 50 years and counting http://kuer.org/post/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 http://kuer.org Beatlemania: 50 years and counting Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line http://kuer.org/post/nickel-creek-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="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/23/291138709/first-listen-nickel-creek-a-dotted-line">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 http://kuer.org Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line The Bad Plus takes on Stravinsky http://kuer.org/post/bad-plus-takes-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="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/16/286816490/first-listen-the-bad-plus-the-rite-of-spring#playlist">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 http://kuer.org The Bad Plus takes on Stravinsky Finding solace in an unlikely place http://kuer.org/post/finding-solace-unlikely-place <p>Did you hear <a href="http://www.studio360.org/story/aha-moment-madonnas-live-to-tell/">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 http://kuer.org Lionel Loueke Performs For Jazzset http://kuer.org/post/lionel-loueke-performs-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="http://www.npr.org/event/music/170748100/lionel-loueke-trio-on-jazzset">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 http://kuer.org Lionel Loueke Performs For Jazzset Tiny Desk Concert: Diane Cluck http://kuer.org/post/tiny-desk-concert-diane-cluck <p>For some bands—like the twelve members of Balkan brass outfit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/272092768/fanfare-ciocarlia-tiny-desk-concert?autoplay=true">Fanfare Ciocarla</a>—finding enough space in All Songs Considered's <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/">Tiny Desk</a> studio can be a challenge. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:30:13 +0000 Nathan Fink 43604 at http://kuer.org Global Hit Podcast http://kuer.org/post/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="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=102779703">Global Hit Podcast</a>, brought to you by The World's Marco Werman. You can catch <a href="http://www.pri.org/programs/the-world">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 http://kuer.org Global Hit Podcast Jammy time with Mayer Hawthorne http://kuer.org/post/jammy-time-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="http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=289607041&amp;mediaId=289607141" width="600"></iframe></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:55:56 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43341 at http://kuer.org Angeli Symphony http://kuer.org/post/angeli-symphony <p>Another epic story from <em>Snap Judgment</em>. <a href="https://soundcloud.com/snapjudgment/angeli-symphony-snap?in=snapjudgment/sets/the-pact">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 http://kuer.org Neil Young explains the Pono music player http://kuer.org/post/neil-young-explains-pono-music-player <p>Neil Young <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/289435279/hear-neil-young-explain-his-pono-music-player-at-sxsw?utm_source=allsongs&amp;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 http://kuer.org Live from SXSW http://kuer.org/post/live-sxsw <p>Totally overwhelmed by the <a href="http://sxsw.com/">nonstop action </a>generating from Austin this week? <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/279055940/npr-music-presents-live-from-sxsw-2014">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="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/12/288708765/npr-music-at-sxsw-2014-tuesday">SXSW podcast</a>.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:24:19 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43270 at http://kuer.org Live from SXSW Band of Horses, "No One's Gonna Love You" http://kuer.org/post/band-horses-no-ones-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="http://www.npr.org/event/music/284084566/kexp-presents-band-of-horses">KEXP</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" scrolling="no" src="http://www.npr.org/templates/event/embeddedVideo.php?storyId=284084566&amp;mediaId=284089536" width="600"></iframe></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:05:35 +0000 Tristin Tabish 43269 at http://kuer.org You've Heard Aloe Blacc. But Do You Know His Name? http://kuer.org/post/youve-heard-aloe-blacc-do-you-know-his-name <p>If you're at all like me, you've probably had "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6oYX1D-0w&amp;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 http://kuer.org You've Heard Aloe Blacc. But Do You Know His Name?