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A dreamy, anthemic celebration of life brought to you by The Polyphonic Spree and our friends at NPR's All Songs TV. Check out The Polyphonic Spree's live show in Salt Lake City on July 25, featuring the band's current lineup of 22 members!

Crank up the volume...it's Moon Hooch!

Did you catch Bob Boilen (NPR's All Songs Considered) on RadioWest today? Bob shares some of his favorite artists, songs and albums of 2014. Check out his complete playlist - which includes music by by St. Vincent, Beck and Kishi Bashi. Lots of good stuff...and plenty more to look forward to for the end-of-year review!

Top off your mug and secure your dancing boots, as NPR Music brings us the most caffeinated backyard performance of the year...

I’m due for a confession. For as much as I tout myself as a great fan of alternative rock and all sub-genres that fall under that description, I only recently (in the past three years) began to regularly listen to English rock legends The Stone Roses. Still, it’s not too shocking. As fans of music, we all experience our own “eras” or “phases.” But it seems now more than ever, I’m coming around to the rich contributions that the UK offered to the rock music of the eighties and nineties.  It’s not that I’ve been completely blind to it, it’s just that I’m now immersing myself in it.

Drum Fill Fridays!

Jun 27, 2014
Connor Feimster

Just for a moment, quit obsessing over what Game of Thrones character you are (we both know it's probably Sam) and try one of these music quizzes from the folks over at All Songs Considered's Nerds! blog.  Can you guess which shoes belong to Seun Kuti?  That's the game in the Sole Of A Band quiz series, and it's certainly not an easy one.

Work it!

Jun 26, 2014

I've been thinking about you, dear KUER Music readers, as I literally sweat the ear buds out of my head during my daily workout. I thought I'd share a few of the songs that are on my workout mix - the songs that really get me moving. And I'm always on the lookout for new workout tunes, so email me or comment to this post if you have suggestions. Everybody ona move! (la la laaaaaa)...

Michael Franti & Spearhead, "Everybody Ona Move," Yell Fire! (2006)

Chances are you've checked out OK Go's video for their new song, "The Writing's on the Wall." Cool, right? Since its release, it's been viewed more than 7 million times. All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen brings us a sneak-peek at how this one-take video was created.

Jungle Performs "Busy Earnin'" For KCRW

Jun 20, 2014

UK outfit Jungle—whose foot-stomping blend of funk, disco, and synth-pop took this year's SXSW festival by storm—recently stopped by the KCRW studios for an extended session, including the above rendition of "Busy Earnin'".

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If you're a regular listener of Snap Judgment, you know that each story is crafted with a beat - music isn't simply relegated to a segue or hidden underneath a story. Snap Judgment's Pat Mesiti-Miller (artist, producer and sound designer) talks with Transom about how he uses music to give life to a story. Catch Snap Judgment Saturdays at 11 a.m. on 90.1.

Willie Nelson On Women And Song

Jun 16, 2014
David McClister

"I've been around a lot of women," says country legend Willie Nelson, "So you'd think I'd have learned more than I know.

First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

Jun 16, 2014
Peter Yang

As reigning kings of the jam band scene, Phish have always been a bit divisive—some fans fall in love with their free-wheeling improvisation and extended live sets, while others find the sound a bit too unmoored, the constant noodling perhaps a bit self-indulgent.  With their most recent album, Fuego, however, NPR's Michael Katzif writes that Phish have hit upon "[their] finest work in more than a decade", and one with the potential to score some new converts to the Phish-head side.

The Walkmen's Walter Martin has produced a family-friendly album (We're All Young Together). Here's the video for the song "Sing to Me" featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O (courtesy of All Songs TV). So sweet!

KEXP: Young Fathers

Jun 9, 2014

Scottish trio Young Fathers rip it up with their live performance of "Get Up." Check out the entire set on KEXP's YouTube channel.

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Icelandic singer, fashionista and eco-activist Björk's "multimedia exploration of the universe" ecological curriculum has been adopted by schools in several north European countries, including her native Iceland. The Biophilia Educational Programme is funded by the Nordic Council, and is designed to promote learning outside of the confines of classroom walls.

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The Utah Arts Festival is a summer tradition. Whether you're in the market for a new piece of artwork or you want to treat the little ones to an afternoon of face painting, there's something to entertain the whole family at this year's festival. As always, there's a fantastic slate of live music: guitarist Anna Popovic, vintage rockers Chris Robinson Brotherhood, singer/songwriter John McCutcheon and newgrass jam banders Mountain Heart. Click here for the full music schedule.

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Although I'd arrived at my destination, I sat in my car this morning so I could finish listening to David Greene's interview with musician Bob Mould. The band he co-founded in 1979, Hüsker Dü, provided the soundtrack to my teenage years and early 20s. More than half a lifetime later, I'm downloading songs from his new album.

All Songs TV brings us a video by Trampled by Turtles for their new single, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?" Such a sweet summertime song, I'm smitten!

Maria Brunner Ventura

Weathering the shaky test of time that the music industry has seen over the past two decades, The Heavy Metal Shop (63 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City) has stood strong—one might say with one big “maloik” (also called “sign of the horns”) held high. Owner Kevin Kirk has spent the past 27 years in Rock & Retail and has seen it all—from fanatical anti-metal people coming into his shop to legends like Alice Cooper sporting the iconic shop logo.

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What's spinning on public radio? Malian singer-songwriter and guitarist Habib Koite's replaced his guitar with a banjo in his song "L.A." and Ohio folk-poppers Saintseneca put a happy face on loneliness with "Happy Alone" (I'm absolutely loving this song). Download the songs that are on heavy rotation at public radio stations throughout the U.S. courtesy of NPR Music.

KUER's Books & Beats

May 29, 2014
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Have you heard KUER's new feature Books & Beats yet? Betsy Burton brings you all things books and Dan Nailen covers beats. Check the Books & Beats archives for previews of upcoming concerts, including Red Butte Garden's 2014 Outdoor Concert Series. Books & Beats airs Saturdays at 7:35 a.m. and 9:35 a.m. during Weekend Edition on 90.1.

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When the sole focus is on making good things and you clear the decks of all the noise, it — so far — has yielded good results.  — Rick Rubin

Did you catch producer Rick Rubin on Studio 360 last weekend? He's produced albums by Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Kanye West and Jay Z. The man is brilliant. Did you hear what he did with Neil Diamond's 12 Songs album? Pure magic!

Can you believe that May is on its way out and summer is upon us? If you’re a music junkie like me, it’s easy to overlook the amount of time that passes as new albums are released at lightning speed. Musicians and bands do a stand-up job of keeping me distracted, and with that thought in mind, I’d like to share some of the music that's been keeping me occupied. Don’t worry, I’m keeping the list short, but definitely sweet, with some of my top releases so far for 2014.

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Celebrate the iconic jazz label by streaming this special two-hour concert (courtesy of NPR Music) featuring Wayne Shorter, Norah Jones, Jason Moran and more. And don't miss Steve Williams as he brings you a mix of jazz music weekdays from 8 p.m. to midnight on 90.1.

Robin Hilton of All Songs Considered is soliciting songs for this week's playlist. What's your go-to windows-down song? Comment to the post here or tweet @allsongs with your selection. Hopping in my car, rolling down the windows and singing my lungs out as I drive down a lonesome highway is one of my favorite activities. My pick? "Exit Flagger" by Guided by Voices.

D.D Dumbo is a sort of bluesy busker version of St. Vincent. He plays a 12-string electric guitar, uses loop pedals and is a rumored nomad. NPR Music brings us a live performance by D.D Dumbo in an Austin alley: best paired with lunch.

Move over, Don Draper...Timber Timbre's new video for Curtains?! is dark and delicious.

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Sigh and swoon...here it is, the new album by Conor Oberst (you might know him as Bright Eyes). Stream the album in its entirety (you can play individual tracks, too) before it's released to the public on May 20. And don't miss the man himself, performing live at Red Butte Garden on September 14, 2014 - ticket details here.

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Summer concert season is looming, and whoa, some impressive line-ups have emerged! Wu Tang Clan, TV on the Radio and De La Soul are all slated to play Pioneer Park, and Trombone Shorty will hook up with Galactic for a spirited show under the stars at Red Butte Garden. Whether you prefer your soundtrack with a hint of twang, or bursting with brass, you'll have every excuse under the sun to get out of the house this summer!

Sam Baker

Did you hear the interview with singer/songwriter Sam Baker on Fresh Air today? Sam was on a train heading to Machu Picchu in 1986 when he and fellow passengers became the target of a terrorist act. His body was torn apart by a bomb planted by the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path. As his body healed, the melodies and lyrics began streaming in.

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