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11:22 am
Wed August 21, 2013

First Listen: King Krule

Stream King Krule's debut album, Six Feet Beneath The Moon
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Archy Marshall's work as King Krule is instantly recognizable.  The reason for this is Marshall's voice, a deep-throated mumble that alternates between growls and slurs but always manages to remain both enthralling and surprisingly emotive.  At points, Marshall sounds more like he's chewing his words than singing them. Talented beyond his years - he began his career in music in 2010, at 16 years old - Six Feet Beneath The Moon is a powerful, confusing record that draws on jazz, punk hip-hop and blues in a dizzying variety of speeds and colors.

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11:10 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Goodie Mob Talks Hip-Hop Maturity

Atlanta hip-hop quartet Goodie Mob discuss their newest album.
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As part of NPR's Microphone Check music interview series, Atlanta hip-hop foursome Goodie Mob discuss the ideas behind their newest albumAge Against The Machine.  While front-man Cee-Lo Green has recently been making a name for himself with chart-topping hits, Goodie Mob's members say that Age Against The Machine comes from a more mature place, offering a take on hip-hop from the perspective of "elder statesmen."

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12:17 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Hear How a Song Takes Shape

Jordon Gieger (known as Hospital Ships) unveils his journey as a songwriter on NPR's All Songs Considered.

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11:57 am
Tue August 20, 2013

KCRW's ECLECTIC24

Discover new and emerging artists with KCRW's ECLECTIC24, an all-music channel blending the talents and tastes of KCRW's DJs into a single voice, streaming 24/7. Artists currently in the mix include Gotye, Regina Spektor, The National, Django Django and Charlie Hunter w/Norah Jones.

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11:19 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Musical caravan for peace

After years of unrest, voters in Mali recently went to the polls to elect a new president. One of the casualties of the country's chaos was the celebrated Festival in the Desert. While organizers canceled this year's festival, they decided to take the show on the road. The result is a traveling Caravan for Peace.

Entertainment
7:37 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Tiny Desk Concert: Alpine

Australian sextet Alpine perform four songs from their debut album for NPR's Tiny Desk series—A Is For Alpine is rooted in glossy, expansive pop, but the group's stripped-down, quasi-acoustic arrangements of tracks like "Gasoline" translate surprisingly well to the relatively sparse setting of the Tiny Desk. 

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7:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Five Sides of Woody Shaw

Listen to five career-defining cuts from jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw
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Writing for NPR Jazz's A Blog Supreme, Michael J. West pays tribute to the late jazz trumpeter Woody Shaw, with a selection of five songs spanning the breadth of Shaw's illustrious career.

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7:19 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Fall Pop Preview

Lady Gaga (left) and Katy Perry
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Ann Powers tackles this fall's upcoming releases from the biggest names in popular music for NPR's The Record, from the saccharine sounds of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry to rapper Kendrick Lamar's heated diatribe against a bevy of his hip-hop peers on the recent Big Sean single, "Control". 

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10:08 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle On Boombox Recording

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats
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John Darnielle—founder and central member of California's The Mountain Goats—talks with Weekend Edition, explaining the lonely and low-tech origins of The Mountain Goats'  2002 album All Hail West Texas.

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Entertainment
6:23 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Derrick Hodge Talks Music, Religion, and the Sounds of Breakfast

Jazz bassist Derek Hodge discusses his new album, Live Today.
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A Philadelphia native best know for his work as the bassist for the genre-bending Robert Glasper Experiment, jazz musician Derrick Hodge recently stopped by to chat with Morning Edition. Hodge describes being drawn to church via music, the percussive nature of his breakfast gatherings, and the making of his most recent album, Live Today.

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5:53 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

First Listen: No Age

Listen to Los Angeles punk outfit No Age's new record, An Object.
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Slated for an August 20 release date, An Object marks a bit of a departure for forward-thinking LA punk duo No Age. NPR's Steven Thompson writes that singer Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall are "keeping one eye on upsetting and upending expectations", with a new offering that "seethes stubbornly."  

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5:36 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Has Hip-Hop Reached Middle Age?

Clive "Cool Herc" Campbell (right) is widely credited as a founder of the hip-hop movement.
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On August 11, 1973, New York DJ Clive "Kool Herc" Campbell threw the first in a series of parties that would later be credited as the birthplace of hip-hop.  NPR's Dart Adams commemorates the genre's 40th anniversary with an in-depth look at the trajectory of the American-born art form.

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3:05 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

sounds of summer: Salt Lake City music

Salt Lake’s Twilight Concert Series
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If you can stand the heat, Salt Lake City in the summertime is an excellent place for live music. In the coming months, a wide variety of venues will offer musical outings for music fans of all shapes and sizes, from jazz and classical to electronica and reggae. Here’s a brief taste of what’s happening in SLC music this summer.

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12:37 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Chris Thile Looks Back to Bach

Chris Thile's new album is Sonatas and Partitas
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Chris Thile of Punch Brothers is stretching the limits of the mandolin with his new album, Sonatas and Partitas. Thile spoke about his album with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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1:14 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Tiny Desk Concert: Keaton Henson

London-based musician Keaton Henson performs three songs from his new album, "Birthdays."

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1:11 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Five books about music

Nathan Rabin journeys with fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse and discovers how both groups have tapped into the human need for community.
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The staff at NPR Music has compiled a few of the most notable music-themed books of the year so far, from an interview with composer Leonard Bernstein to one man's quest to understand Insane Clown Posee fandom.

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1:41 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Banda Magda: Bossa Nova to French Pop

Banda Magda
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KCRW's music reviewer Tom Schnabel talks about Banda Magda's debut CD, featuring everything from sunny Brazilian bossa nova to frothy French Pop.

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1:36 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Avett Brothers, 'Another is Waiting'

The Avett Brothers
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North Carolina's The Avett Brothers are set to release a new full-length album, "Magpie and the Dandelion," on October 15, 2013. Whet your Avetts appetite with this track, 'Another is Waiting' - brought to you by NPR Music.

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1:30 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Public radio: 10 songs on heavy rotation

Rapper/producer/singer Terrace Martin
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Each month, NPR Music polls public radio DJs/programmers and asks them to share their favorite new songs. You get to download the tracks! Here are the picks for August 2013, including songs by New York City-based composer Daniel Wohl, Louisville band Handmouth and D.C. trio Misun.

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11:37 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Anna von Hausswolff inspired by pipe organ

The World's April Peavey reports on Swedish musician Anna von Hausswolff, who recorded her new album in Annedals Church in Gothenburg, Sweden. Hausswolff  incorporated the church's organ into her album, "Ceremony."

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11:28 am
Mon August 5, 2013

First Listen: Valerie June

Valerie June
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Check out the blues-country-gospel-rock balladry of Valerie June - her new album, "Pushin' Against a Stone," comes out August 13, 2013.

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12:30 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Beloved Jersey venue calls it quits

Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey
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Maxwell's is a tiny club that's hosted some of the biggest names in music for 30+ years - including R.E.M., Nirvana, The Replacements and David Byrne. NPR's Joel Rose looks at the fate and legacy of this seemingly typical neighborhood tavern.

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12:19 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

RadioWest: Drew Danburry

Drew Danburry
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It's been three years since local singer/songwriter/barber Drew Danburry made a record. He's back now, and the album he'll release this September tells the story of how he became Bastian Salazar. Drew talks with Doug and plays live in KUER's studio.

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Entertainment
3:20 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

What's new in jazz music

Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul
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Check out the latest in jazz music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.

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3:09 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Creating American symphonies

New York-based composer Mohammed Fairouz
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Mohammed Fairouz, a young Arab-American composer, talks about redefining the word "symphony."

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3:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Dessa performs "The Man I Knew"

Dessa (of Doomtree) performs "The Man I Knew" at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater.

Entertainment
11:23 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Young Ethio Jazz Band

Members of the Young Ethio Jazz Band
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The Young Ethio Jazz Band consists of teenagers who rock out to their parents' music. The Oakland-based band played its first gig in San Francisco, now they're slated to play at Yoshi's (a famous San Francisco jazz club) and the Ethiopian Heritage Festival at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The World's Sam Harnett talks with the band, all second-generation Ethiopians between 11 and 16-years old.

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11:11 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Best of Brasil Summerfest

Brazilian singer Gaby Amarantos
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New York City hosts the 2013 Brasil Summerfest, featuring a sweltering mix of Brazilian hip hop, samba and techno beats. Jasmine Garsd talks with Beco Dranoff (Brasil Summerfest's curator) for NPR Music.

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12:01 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Phive honors Mandela

Greensboro-based hip hop group Phive celebrated Nelson Mandela's birthday last week by releasing a special song. The World's Marco Werman talks with singer/songwriter Afika Nxumalo about his connection to South Africa.

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11:57 am
Mon July 22, 2013

An Opera Diva Hits 100

Metropolitan Opera star Licia Albanese celebrates her 100th birthday today. "Only God makes a diva," she told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004. "No, just call me a plain singer with lots of expression."

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