The five-day music smorgasbord in the City of Trees is manageable, yet offers a bevy of local and national talent.
I want a t-shirt that reads, “Boise is the Bomb!”A happy alternative would be, “Treefort is for Lovers.” Not necessarily lovey-dovey lovers, but lovers of music—the ones that get ecstatic when they discover a new band, the ones that have their eyes closed and their hands in the air in the front row of a show, and the ones that hate waiting in line or navigating an insanely busy music festival.
NPR Music has launched All Songs TV, a stream featuring video interviews, live concert footage and "First Watch" debuts hand-picked by All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton. All Songs TV kicks off with a video for "The Messenger" from one of my favorite duos, Rodrigo y Gabriela. Enjoy!
Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the 27th annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Started in 1987 with around 700 attendees, the music conference has now grown to become the world’s largest festival of its kind. More than 2,200 official performers play in 100+ venues within five days, attracting 82,000+ attendees. SXSW unites bands, brands, artists, journalists, industry types, street performers, opportunists and music enthusiasts from all over the world.
Producer Andy Mills talks with Transom.org about how he uses music to create audio magic each week on Radiolab.
I still remember the first time I sat down with my friend Jacob Boll from the band The Hudson Branch to work on scoring a radio story. We were listening to a rough draft of a story I was working on and he said of the subject of the story:
“She is speaking in the key of C most of the time — so let’s start with that.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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...
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.
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.
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 - - alljust 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.