Tristin Tabish

Content Director/KUER Music contributor

Tristin Tabish received her M.S. from the University of Utah in 2005 and is an adjunct instructor in the U's communication department. Tristin enjoys browsing thrift shops and bookstores, exploring Utah with camera in tow, checking out new music and connecting with the world via public radio. Her favorite programs are Morning Edition, RadioWest and Snap Judgment.

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Betsy Burton reviews Mark Strand’s Collected Poems (Knopf) – a Pulitzer Prize winner and National Poet Laureate, Strand passed away last month. And Austen Diamond previews the upcoming holiday shows by The Lower Lights.

A lucky musician or band will play at the most famous desk in music this spring. Check out the latest submissions and spread the word!

Fa la la! NPR Music has bundled their favorite songs of the past year into a massive, party-starting player. The complete list features more than 300 new releases from 2014. Hosting a holiday party? Press play and bask in the coolness!

I discovered Shakey Graves recently and can't get enough! Check out their live performance for WXPN's World Cafe. Bookmark WXPN's YouTube channel - some great live sets by artists including Justin Townes Earle, Tweedy, Spoon and Of Monsters and Men.

NPR Music and member station partners bring you their favorite albums of 2014. Did your go-to albums make the cut?

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Betsy Burton reviews Teresa Jordan’s The Year of Living Virtuously: Weekends Off (Counterpoint LLC) and Austen Diamond previews the show by Portland-Oregon-based Horse Feathers.

Teresa Jordan will visit The King’s English on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. to read from and sign her new book.

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As the year comes to a close, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton join NPR Music editors Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to reflect on the best music of 2014.

Have you daydreamed about rocking out at Bob Boilen's Tiny Desk at NPR Headquarters? NPR Music is helping to make your dreams come true with the Tiny Desk Concert Contest.

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Austen Diamond previews the upcoming show by singer-songwriter Joshua James and Betsy Burton reviews another heart-stopping mystery, this time it’s The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton Adult).

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The new album by She & Him, Classics, is the perfect soundtrack to bird/tofurky stuffing and holiday decorating. Happy Thanksgiving!

Austen Diamond previews the Salt Lake City show by Sallie Ford and her all-girl band, and Betsy Burton reviews Marilynne Robinson’s new novel Lila, which explores notions of love, death and redemption (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Cardio for the Brain

Nov 21, 2014

Ted-Ed makes the case to dust off that accordion!

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The office of KUER's General Manager, John Greene, is adjacent to KUER's admin space. Often times we'll be in the middle of a meeting and we'll hear what sounds like a pod of sickly whales or an orchestra of rusted space ships emanating from his office. "WFMU?" A grin and a nod.

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If you love James Mercer and The Shins like I do, you'll want to stream Flake Music's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return (thanks, NPR Music!) - this newly remastered, remixed and reissued album is essential listening for those who love The Shins' early sound. Monday's looking up!

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Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the new album by the London-based band The Heliocentrics. The Last Transmission features poetry by Van Peebles - a trippy intergalactic story about an astronaut sending out messages while exploring deep, deep space.

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Austen Diamond previews the show by L.A.-based octet Orgone, and Betsy Burton reviews Julie Schumacher’s comical academic novel, Dear Committee Members. (Doubleday)

What happens when classic punk meets traditional West African music? Check out JuJu’s “Nightwalk," the latest track in The World's Global Hit series of hand-selected songs from Real World Records' 25th anniversary box set.

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The perfect soundtrack for a cold, grey day - stream Bryan Ferry's new album, Avonmore, before it comes out next week on November 17.

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I'm loving Oil Boom's song, "The Sneak Tip" - it's been stuck in my head ever since I heard it on Morning Edition earlier this week. Check out some other songs on heavy rotation at public radio stations across the country, including new music by Damien Rice, Lost Midas and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake.

Betsy Burton looks at Poke Rafferty’s latest adventures in the thriller For the Dead by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime).  And, Austen Diamond shares what’s in store for the Utah Symphony this season, its 75th anniversary.

Never heard of a Yaybahar? I hadn't either until I stumbled across this video on Studio 360's Facebook page. Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.

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Michel Martin speaks with Carlos Santana about his new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light. The book is dedicated to his mother, Josefina. "I think she probably prayed for me more than anyone to keep me from getting lost," he says. "I dedicated it to her because she deserves to know that her prayers worked. I am a good man."

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NPR Music is featuring a stream of Damien Rice's new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy - check it out before it's officially released on November 11.

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Austen Diamond previews the live show by Oakland-based Beats Antique, and Betsy Burton reviews Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegal & Grau) - a true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization providing legal representation to defendants and prisoners denied fair treatment in the legal system.

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Happy Halloween! In the spirit of all things creepy and crawly, Robin Hilton with NPR's All Songs Considered brings us a playlist of some of the most disturbing songs suggested by listeners. "Turn off the lights, turn up the tunes and grab your binky, 'cause it's about to get super creepy."

The Campbell Apartment is a bar tucked away in New York's Grand Central Station. NPR's Field Recordings filmed London's Wild Beasts as they played "A Simple Beautiful Truth" in this former storage closet and jail.

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Austen Diamond previews the Salt Lake City show by British rockers Alt-J, and Betsy Burton reviews "Neverhome" by Laird Hunt (Little, Brown and Company).

NPR Music brings us downloads of songs that are currently being featured on the left side of the dial across the country, including music from Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche, Dutch electronic duo Weval and Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune.

During a recent Facebook video Q-&-A, Bono responded to a question from Harriet Madeline Jobson, "Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again? It's really rude."

"Oops. I'm sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves...Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into the last few years might not be heard."

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