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This week All Songs Considered brings us a new song by Jack White, sounds from the Alabama-based soul band St. Paul & 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 Outdoor Concert Series.

The State Room

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 five years, and cheers to 500 more...congratulations to our friends at The State Room!

Music and memory

Apr 1, 2014
Rolling Stone

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 To the Best of our Knowledge.


Mar 28, 2014

Studio 360 featured this "portable animation" site on their Facebook page this week and ever since I've been busting out drum beats with the 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.

Metropolis, 3/22

Mar 27, 2014

KCRW's Metropolis 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 to Special Request's bass-heavy interpretation of Tessela's "Hackney Parrot." You can stream the playlist right here.  

Chad Tim Tim

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.

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.

Yo-Yo Ma's Playhouse

Mar 26, 2014

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble incorporate various theatrical props from Brookyln's ACME Studio for a spirited offstage performance, courtesy of NPR Music Field Recordings.

NPR Music / Stephen Jerkins

John Carter Cash stumbled across a piece of history 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 brings us this story about giving life to a forgotten piece of Johnny Cash's legacy.


On February 7, 1964 The Beatles touched down at JFK Airport in New York City. Their subsequent performance on The Ed Sullivan Show could easily fall in the category of events that we often reflect on by saying “I remember where I was when…” Countless musicians have given a nod to seeing the legendary television performance and being mesmerized and inspired. 

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Spring hasn't really sprung until you've listened to the new album by Nickel Creek. A Dotted Line will be released to the public on April 1, 2014 - but NPR Music's got the entire album for you through First Listen. I've been streaming it all morning, and I'm smitten. We'll be offering Nickel Creek's A Dotted Line as a thank you gift during KUER's Spring Fund Drive, starting next Friday (April 4).

The Bad Plus

In homage to a new season when everything's in bloom - open the windows, let the sunshine pour through and crank up the volume as The Bad Plus covers Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

Did you hear this story on Studio 360 last weekend? Holly Welker was on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Taiwan when she finally accepted her truth - she was depressed and 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...

Lionel Loueke Performs For Jazzset

Mar 19, 2014
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Labeled a "gentle virtuoso" by the New York Times, ​West African guitarist Lionel Loueke specializes in an alluring blend of traditional African styles and the unhindered spontaneity of jazz.  Head over to Dee Dee Bridgewater's Jazzset to catch an impeccable set from the Lionel Loueke Trio, who recently performed at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.

Tiny Desk Concert: Diane Cluck

Mar 19, 2014

For some bands—like the twelve members of Balkan brass outfit Fanfare Ciocarla—finding enough space in All Songs Considered's Tiny Desk studio can be a challenge.  Not so for singer Diane Cluck, however; armed only with voice, guitar and piano, Cluck's solo session makes the cramped office seem downright spacious.

Global Hit Podcast

Mar 17, 2014
The World

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 American Hustle - - all just a few clicks away with a subscription to the Global Hit Podcast, brought to you by The World's Marco Werman. You can catch The World weekdays at 2 p.m. on KUER 90.1.

Mayer Hawthorne performs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. In his jammies.

Angeli Symphony

Mar 13, 2014

Another epic story from Snap Judgment. Meet Stuart. 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 divine offering. Listen to how it all unfolds...

Neil Young talks about his journey of "rescuing an art form" - developing a music player for audiophiles. "You're all listening to a lot of MP3s. They're very convenient.

Live from SXSW

Mar 12, 2014
Bob Boilen/All Songs Considered

Totally overwhelmed by the nonstop action generating from Austin this week? NPR Music is highlighting the festival's best musical performances - check out today's live webcasts featuring Eagulls, Kelis and St. Vincent. And for a daily recap, the team at All Songs Considered is covering the festival with a SXSW podcast.

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands - pared down to a single microphone. Video courtesy of KEXP.

You've Heard Aloe Blacc. But Do You Know His Name?

Mar 11, 2014
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If you're at all like me, you've probably had "I Need A Dollar" stuck in your head on more than one occasion.  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?  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.

Tiny Desk Concert: Brass Bed

Mar 4, 2014

For the latest in NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Louisiana's Brass Bed braves a recent stretch of bad luck—including a sick lead singer, family deaths and stolen equipment—to deliver a stellar set, with four songs from the group's latest record, The Secret Will Keep You

Did you hear this story on Snap Judgment last weekend? After September 11, 2001 - Ariana Delawari and her father decided to move back "home" to Afghanistan. While her father fights for peace through business, Ariana uses the only weapon she knows how to use: music. Such a powerful story. Settle in, listen, enjoy.

Patrice Jackson

Each year, the gang at NPR Music hand-picks 100 of the best musical discoveries from more than 2,000 bands/musicians featured at SXSW (yep - 2,000+ BANDS!). Swing by NPR Music to download all six hours of music or select individual songs (you can also stream as a continuous mix). SXSW kicks off this Friday, March 7.

I was browsing the vinyl stacks at Raunch Records in the late eighties and picked up a SLUG 'zine' on my way out. 25 years later, I still grab the latest edition of SLUG as I leave my neighborhood coffee shop. Congratulations to Angela Brown and the dedicated group of SLUG contributors on 25 years of music, reviews, interviews and all-around hooliganism.

Angela H. Brown

Adam Tye’s love affair with music began 14 years ago, when he set foot inside Salt Lake City’s all-ages music venue, Kilby Court. “A friend took me to [see] Form of Rocket and that blew my mind,” says Adam.  “That was the first local band I found that became a must-see every time they played.”

Rolling it back to the archives

Feb 21, 2014
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A heart-clutching, hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tear it up during this 2012 live session for NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series.

First Listen: Beck, Morning Phase

Feb 21, 2014
Autumn De Wilde

Buzz abounds over Beck's new album, Morning Phase. The album will be released next week, but NPR Music has posted tracks from the entire album. Check it out. A few of my favorites: "Wave," "Don't Let it Go" and "Country Down." Not as upbeat as some of his other albums, but gorgeous nonetheless.

Guest DJ Project: B.J. Novak

Feb 19, 2014

You might remember him as Ryan the intern from NBC's The Office, or maybe you heard his short story featured on This American Life. Check out B.J. Novak's incarnation as DJ on KCRW's Guest DJ Project, as he spins a mix of comedy-infused songs.

Happy birthday, phonograph machine!

Feb 19, 2014
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Today in 1878, Thomas Edison got the go-ahead to patent the phonograph machine, also known as the turntable or record player. 136 years later, our heads are still spinning. Cheers to all things vinyl!