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Songs We Love

May 20, 2015
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I've been seeing a lot of posts on social media lately about Bilal, a New York-based singer/songwriter. He's popped up once again, this time at NPR Music. Stream Bilal's "Satellites" along with new music by Israeli-born jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen, Iris DeMent, Nashville's Rayland Baxter and other songs handpicked by NPR Music staff and public radio hosts.

Whenever the city of Boise comes up in conversation, I inevitably ask, “Have you ever heard of the Treefort Music Fest?” And then, with much eagerness, I proceed to tell the person, whether they ask or not, the virtues of the City of Trees during the annual five-day celebration of music and art.

“Bub-bub-bududududuh-bub-bub-bub-bub-bududududuh.” You probably won’t recognize it just by reading it – it looks abnormal put into words, something hardly done with the melody or sonic element of a song. Nevertheless, that's my rendition of the introduction to the world’s best-selling 12” single of all time.

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Battling your mobile phone or internet connection today? NPR's Alt.Latino brings us a soundtrack for the inevitable war between humans and robots...

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Throwing a Man Men-themed dinner party? From Nancy Sinatra and Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass to The Zombies and The Kinks, the soundtrack is going to be epic.

Stromae's "Carmen"

Apr 6, 2015

I'm loving this new animated video posted by NPR Music: The international megastar Stromae has a seemingly boundless love of music across genres.

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Everything seems to be in bloom, and public radio hosts are streaming a lively mix of music to put a spring in your step. Stream "Touch" by Bearcubs, "8 Cousins" by Inner Oceans, "Sweet Disaster" by Whitehorse along with other songs hitting the public radio airwaves across the country this month.

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If you like a little gloom with your music, you’re not alone. Josh Martin, better known as Daughn Gibson, has managed to make a brand out of it. He’s a tall, dark and handsome man with a brooding baritone that fills an aural void with sounds that make you wonder: where in that body is that sound coming from?  Daughn is a versatile musician: as a drummer he cut his teeth with Nazareth, and then with the PA-based stoner-rock band Pearls and Brass who have been on hiatus since 2008.

Local bands are making Utah proud at this year's SXSW in Austin, Texas. Fictionist, Max Pain & the Groovies and Mideau are all playing live at showcases throughout the festival. Find details here, courtesy of Salt Lake City Weekly.

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NPR Music brings us the new album by Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield - a tribute to Elliott Smith. It's hauntingly beautiful...stream it before it's officially released next Tuesday.

The Austin 100

Mar 9, 2015

Stream and download songs from the 100 artists that NPR's All Songs Considered will keep tabs on during the upcoming SXSW Music Festival.

 

 

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The electronic artist's new album, Gliss Riffer, is his most accesible yet. In a conversation with Arun Rath, Dan Deacon waxes philosophic on stress, technology and the value of a wandering mind.

Have you read the love letter that Johnny Cash wrote to his wife June? Last week it was voted as one of the most romantic letters of all time.

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Utah's Great Interstate is playing live on RadioWest right now. Turn it up and check it out!

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Check out the latest from NPR's All Songs Considered for new music by Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes and Happyness.

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It's time to gear up for Utah's summer concert season. Red Butte Garden recently announced the first five shows of their 2015 Outdoor Concert Series - prepare to have your socks rocked off! Passion Pit, The Decemberists, Chromeo & ODESZA, Lindsey Stirling and Ryan Adams will usher in another season of live music at the garden. Tickets go on sale to garden members and the general public on February 23, 2015.

And the winner is...

Feb 12, 2015

Fantastic Negrito - also known as Xavier Dphrepaulezz - has won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.

23 band members (cheerleaders included) squeeze onto Bob Boilen's tiny desk (and cabinets and step-stools) with this live, completely celebratory performance by Chicago's Mucca Pazza.

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It's here! The new album by José González - is streaming live at NPR Music through next Tuesday.

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What's your go-to song for romance? All Songs Considered is collecting suggestions: Tell us what song and/or artist makes YOUR most romantic music, the kind of song that puts you in the mood or the tune that runs through your head while you pine for a distant lover. (People still pine, right?)

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If you missed this story on Weekend Edition last Saturday, you'll want to take a listen:

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What's spinning on public radio? Check out the latest from Panda Bear, Father John Misty, Tuxedo, Pond, Eyelids and Fine Print...

The City of Portland, Oregon declared January 20, 2015 as "The Decemberists Day." The band has a new album out, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, and recently performed some of their new songs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

Rubblebucket's confetti cannon request was nixed, but their Tiny Desk Concert will still infuse a festive atmosphere into your Monday.

Songs We Love

Jan 22, 2015
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Handpicked by NPR Music and public radio hosts across the country...crank up the speakers and enjoy!

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Over the past few years we’ve seen reunions (most of them fruitful) of bands including Outkast, The Afghan Whigs, Mazzy Star, Soundgarden, Pixies, The Replacements and Slowdive. It’s been a popular trend in music, and continues today as one of rock’s most influential all-female groups, Sleater-Kinney, releases their eighth album, No Cities to Love.

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Did you know that NPR's Bob Boilen used to be in an experimental new wave band called Tiny Desk Unit? And that he wrote a performance piece that imagined the history of sound in 20 minutes?

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Last weekend, some of the most remarkable global musicians converged in New York City for the annual globalFEST, one unforgettable night of rapturous dancing, musical meditation and kinship. NPR Music brings you some of the highlights and favorite discoveries from this year's globalFEST.

Big Wild Wings is gearing up to play live this morning on RadioWest. Listen at 11 a.m. Mountain, or check out the archived show later today.

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