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Listen as accordionist William Schimmel and Wynton Marsalis (on trumpet) cram Gustav Mahler's 90-minute Ninth Symphony into 6 1/2 minutes of squeezebox goodness!

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Aussie singer, songwriter and guitarist Courtney Barnett rocked out live at the Newport Folk Festival last weekend. Listen to the highlights, including "Avant Gardener," "Dead Fox" and "Nobody Really Cares if you Don't Go to the Party." 

Of all the artists I saw at SXSW this year, Tempest was the one I'll never forget. The London hip-hop artist, playwright and poet speaks with a clarity and honesty unencumbered by code or lingo, with stories that cut to the very heart of how we try to survive and embrace our time on Earth. At the Tiny Desk, she jumps straight into the fire with a spoken-word story of a soldier that looks at both the bravery and horror of conflict and war. She honesty left few eyes dry.

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Can you hear the difference between an uncompressed audio file and an MP3? There are several factors to consider - the quality of your headphones and speakers, the size and type of the room you're sitting in, your ears...test your sound quality skills with this quiz

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Did you catch q last night? Guest host Candy Palmater talked with filmmaker Danny Tedesco about his new documentary, The Wrecking Crew. He dives into the story of a collective of L.A.-based session musicians who worked behind-the-scenes on an impressive list of hits from the 1950s to the early '70s, including "California Dreamin'", "These Boots Are Made For Walking" and "Be My Baby."

Songs We Love <3

Jul 1, 2015

We've made it halfway through 2015, and there's a lot of new music to cover. NPR Music has compiled a mix of some of the best songs of the year so far, and a cool app to stream it all. Turn it up and enjoy!

This morning during my commute I caught this interview on Morning Edition with NPR's Michele Norris and filmmaker Liz Garbus. In her new documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, Garbus rounds out what we know about Nina Simone (typically her music) and what we don't know (about the woman who existed "between the white and the black keys of the piano").

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NPR's Alt.Latino brings you some thoughtful, joyous music and conversation to celebrate LGBT Pride Month.

Today's RadioWest brings us a live performance by the Provo-based band Salazar. They talk with Doug about "saudade," a Portuguese idea that singer-songwriter Alexander Woods says can't be directly translated. They'll also talk about "Dirty Provo" and the meaning behind some of their songs. Check out Salazar and Bat Manors play live on June 13, 2015 at Provo's Velour Live Music Gallery.

Swing by The State Room tonight for live music by Preservation Hall Jazz Band. We'll also be celebrating Steve Daddy'O Williams' 31 years of service at the University of Utah!

Your life is your design, so go ahead, design it. Your star is in the sky, so go ahead, align it. Cause you're forever lost until you go and find it...crank up L.A.-based Genevieve's Tiny Desk Concert for an infusion of sunshine today!

Ogden Twilight 2015

Jun 1, 2015

So excited for this...the debut of Ogden Twilight 2015, featuring an amazing lineup: Boise favorites Built to Spill launch the series with singer songwriter Lo-Fang and locals Sego this Thursday, June 4th. Then next week, New York City's Blonde Redhead hit the amphitheater stage with opener violinist/composer Owen Pallett and The Raven and the Writing Desk.

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Over the next week, NPR Music will look at streaming music and how it reshapes the way we discover, experience and listen to music...check out the series this week, Streaming At The Tipping Point.

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...

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.