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18 Albums Just Old Enough To Vote

Nov 8, 2016

If you love Pink Floyd like Bob Boilen and I do, chances are you've got a story or two to tell about how the band's music has figured into your life. Maybe it's the first time you heard them, or a live show you saw, or an important friendship that formed over their music. Whatever your story is, we want to hear it.

In this week's All Songs Considered, we feature three solo projects by some of our favorite bandleaders, a solo artist's duets record, and new music from some familiar faces, or more accurately put, some familiar Lips. The Flaming Lips are back with a new album, Oczy Młody, inspired by a Polish book that Wayne Coyne owns and finds phonetically fascinating (even if he doesn't understand any of the words). We've also got Run the Jewels, a duo that's all about the words and whose new single speaks to urgent issues of race relations.

When Garrison Keillor, the creator of the popular public radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion,” announced his retirement, some wondered whether the show could go on without him. This weekend Prairie Home Companion comes back to radio, with Keillor’s handpicked successor at the helm.

Chris Thile is a four-time Grammy Award winner, and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow. He’s a mandolin virtuoso, and a member of Nickel Creek and the Punch Brothers.

Dance Like Animals In Wynton Marsalis' 'Spaces'

Oct 10, 2016

In Spaces, Wynton Marsalis' new dance suite for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, each movement corresponds to a different animal — a chicken, a lion, a frog and more.

He enlisted tap dancer Jared Grimes and "jooker" (street dancer) Lil Buck to embody the animals in their performances. In this piece, Marsalis also describes his fascination with the animal kingdom, his process of writing, and the way he attempts to draw on the spaces that all creatures inhabit.

As summertime draws to a close, we look around Alt.Latino World Headquarters and find baskets — not of deplorables, but of all the CDs that have been gathering around us while we've been out on our summer travels. (Yes, we do still get CDs.) So its time to share some of the new music with you.

On one of those late summer New York City evenings when a thunderstorm left a double rainbow hanging over Manhattan, the downtown club City Winery provided the perfect setting for a lucky crowd of a few hundred to experience a performance by The Head and the Heart.

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  A new lineup of concerts and shows is coming to the nearly up-and-running George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City.

Queen (Un)covered

Aug 25, 2016
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I've often reflected on a band/artist and thought, “I wish I could’ve seen them live.” Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and James Brown spring to mind. It’s easy to assume that because the artist(s) themselves are beyond our world, or indefinitely disbanded, that we’ll never be able to experience their power live. And while that might be true in the most literal sense, you should be wary of forever hanging your hat on that notion, and keep your mind open to reverent performances. Cover bands—or tribute shows—can breed a spirited homage worthy of their own appreciation.

Bob Boilen is the man behind NPR's All Songs Considered and the Tiny Desk concert series, which takes place at his desk. Needless to say, he's always in search of new music; last year alone, he saw more than 400 bands live.

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What has always charmed and endeared me to music is its distinctive ability to exceed its domain. It’s a robust art that has the power and the scale to make a wide array of expression: passionate or piercing, political or philosophical, to name a few. One of the greatest soul singers and songwriters of our time, Marvin Gaye, embraced that power with verve.

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Our friends at Kingsbury Hall are celebrating all things spring with a Creole-themed night of music showcasing artists from Brazil, Haiti and Jamaica on March 31, 2016. 

Album cover, "Wild Stab" by The I Don't Cares

All good things must come to an end. As a fan, this is what I tell myself in the wake of the second break-up of The Replacements after a three-year (2012-2015) reunion that spawned an EP (Songs for Slim) and a modest amount of celebrated live performances. I wasn’t old enough to follow the band during their ‘80’s romp, or listen to them dissolve in 1991. When The Replacements first broke-up in ’91, it was following an album that many feel was more of front-man Paul Westerberg’s first solo record than a finale by The Replacements.

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The band Beach House is rich with signification and connotation, and even explicit nods to dreams. For starters, their name is the most interesting sign — the pillar of “dreaminess” that floods as a motif throughout their catalog. It’d be noteworthy for anyone to hear the name Beach House and not conjure up images of a lovely, paradise-like, delightful withdrawal. For many of us, a beach house is a symbol of a retreat —  a vacation, an escape from the mundane and the regularity of everyday existence, a dream of sorts.

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It’s been nearly a month since David Bowie left this earth. In my 27 years of life, I haven’t seen such a day of grieving within the world of music since Michael Jackson passed away.

In 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on board the International Space Station. Bowie called it "the most poignant version of the song ever created." Put on your red shoes and dance the blues. RIP David Bowie.

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You blink, and suddenly you realize that you've been plugging away for 16 years. Happy anniversary to NPR's All Songs Considered! To celebrate their sweet 16, the All Songs Considered gang is counting down their favorite songs from each year. The set includes music by Kanye West, Bjork, Wilco, Regina Spektor, Adele and Kendrick Lamar.

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Just in time for gift-giving season, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to digest the entire year in music in about 90 minutes. Adele aside, some highlights include the reunion of Sleater-Kinney, a new single by Missy Elliott and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly

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ICYMI - I caught this smile-inducing story last weekend on Snap JudgmentWhen indie superstar Thao Nguyen isn’t rocking the stage around the globe, she’s rocking the Snap. So we asked her to tell a tale about her sweet, lovely grandma -- who you definitely don’t want to mess with.

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A dose of sweet folk music to ease you into your Monday...My Bubba consists of Sweden's My, Iceland's Bubba, a whole lot of harmony, handclaps, a table harp and acoustic guitar. Enjoy!

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Sometimes being privy to what happens behind-the-scenes of any kind of creative project can detract from the the magic of the end result. But Bob Dylan's new bootleg release highlights an artist at work, and the delicate balance of bringing a song to life.

Super-Scary Mixtape

Oct 27, 2015
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When you need to sleep with the lights on tonight, thank NPR's Alt.Latino for providing the soundtrack!

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My last driveway moment happened earlier this week. Shad's interview (q, 8 pm to 9 pm weekdays) with Syrian composer and musician Malek Jandali had me in tears ... heartbreaking perspective about war and the inspiring capacity of the human spirit to create in the midst of so much darkness and chaos.

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Did you hear David Greene's interview with Chrissie Hynde on Morning Edition? It's all over social media today...take a listen and you'll understand why.

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RadioWest continues their local music series today with Provo-based band The National Parks. They'll be playing live in-studio at 11 am MT (rebroadcast at 7 pm MT on 90.1) - you can also catch them at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City on November 14, 2015. 

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Nina Totenberg's intern, White House correspondent, All Things Considered host, occasional member of Pink Martini and now  DJ - - NPR's Ari Shapiro joins Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on All Songs Considered to discuss all things music.

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