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11:33 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Finding solace in an unlikely place

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...

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11:40 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Lionel Loueke Performs For Jazzset

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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.

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11:30 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Tiny Desk Concert: Diane Cluck

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.

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1:15 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Global Hit Podcast

The music of rock band La Vida Boheme has surged in popularity as protesters hit the streets in Venezuela.
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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.

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1:55 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Jammy time with Mayer Hawthorne

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

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1:40 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Angeli Symphony

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...

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11:45 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Neil Young explains the Pono music player

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.

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10:24 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Live from SXSW

British singer/songwriter Charli XCX helped kick off SXSW 2014.
Credit 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.

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10:05 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Band of Horses, "No One's Gonna Love You"

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

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10:17 am
Tue March 11, 2014

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

Californian singer Aloe Blacc—the man behind songs like "I Need A Dollar"—talks with NPR Music
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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.

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9:59 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Tiny Desk Concert: Brass Bed

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

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9:13 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Afghanistan Homecoming, "Partner in Crime"

Video still from Ariana Delawari's video, "Be Gone Taliban."
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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.

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11:39 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Austin 100: 6 hours of downloads

Download "Are You Ok?" by Dum Dum Girls as part of The Austin 100 at NPR Music.
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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.

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1:48 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

25 Years of SLUG Magazine

SLUG Magazine celebrates 25 years this month.

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.

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11:40 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Three Entrepreneurs Open Two Record Stores, Under One Roof

Salt Lake City music fans socialize outside the storefront of Albatross and Diabolical Records.
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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.”

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12:36 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Rolling it back to the archives

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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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.

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12:25 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

First Listen: Beck, Morning Phase

Beck's Morning Phase will be released on February 25, 2014.
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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.

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2:26 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Guest DJ Project: B.J. Novak

B.J. Novak w/KCRW's Dan Wilcox
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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.

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1:36 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Happy birthday, phonograph machine!

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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!

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2:05 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Remembering Devo

Bob Casale, Devo
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The guitarist for Devo, Bob Casale, passed away yesterday. To the Best of our Knowledge remembers him by looking back at their 2010 interview with his brother and bandmate, Gerald Casale.

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1:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

You can't always get what you want...

Comedian Tig Notaro
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Ever try to use music by The Rolling Stones to look cool in front of a classroom of sixth graders? I heard this piece featuring comedian Tig Notaro on This American Life over the weekend and I'm still cracking up...

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12:39 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

5 Jazz Songs for 2014

James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.
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We're not even two full months into 2014, but the state of jazz for the coming year is looking promising.  Following new offerings from mainstays like Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, NPR's A Blog Supreme has compiled five tracks from exciting new jazz releases, including the likes of James Brandon Lewis and Zara McFarlane.

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11:40 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Happy Birthday, Daddy-O!

Steve Williams lays down the jazz tracks weeknights from 8 p.m. to midnight on 90.1.

The Mayor of Jazz City celebrated his birthday this week. Kick up your heels, pour something bubbly and toast the man who brings you jazz music every night on 90.1. We love you, Steve!

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11:27 am
Thu February 13, 2014

The Moth & The Flame, "Winsome"

This just in from All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen: The Moth & The Flame (formerly based in Provo, Utah) have just released a new video for "Winsome," as featured on their 2013 EP, &.  The Moth & The Flame were interviewed on KUER's RadioWest back in 2012, and later composed the show's theme music.

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10:18 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Download: 10 Love Songs On Heavy Rotation

Los Angeles beatsmith Shlohmo teams up with R&B star Jeremih for another sleek, smooth single, entitled "No More".
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With Valentine's Day coming up tomorrow, it's time for a special installment of NPR's Heavy Rotation series, complete with 10 tracks—all available to download for free—that should do well to set the mood for your day of romance.  Contents include the newest collaboration from LA electronic experimentalist Shlohmo and sensual R&B star Jeremih, alongside the like of The Juan Maclean and Jhené Aiko.  You can grab the whole playlist right here.  

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10:51 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Greetings: Autobiography of a Cratedigger

Old Fort Benton Bridge: the first bridge to span the Missouri River
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Greetings! My name is Robert Nelson. As an introduction to KUER Music, I can imagine I was asked to participate because of my legacy of 25+ years of radio programming on Salt Lake City’s local community station KRCL 90.9FM - Your Station that Rules the Nation. (KUER’s head-man John Greene “hired” me when he managed KRCL).

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9:14 am
Wed February 12, 2014

10 radiators hissing = A Pastoral Symphony

"That's a radiator in my apartment. It's like I'm living at a dry cleaner's." If winter's got you down, you'll want to check out this story. Writer Henry Alford finds inspiration from his radiators - along with the radiators of his friends and neighbors - and creates a musical composition of the hissing and banging (10 total radiators). Classical music critic Fred Plotkin reviews the piece. Produced by Studio 360's Pejk Malinovski.

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8:51 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The worst songs of all time?

Disclaimer: Listening to this story might result in "We Built This City" playing in your head over and over all day long, and well into the night, seeping into your dreams...

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson  talk with musician/Portlandia actor Carrie Brownstein about horrible music.

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2:51 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Your brain on music

"In the same way that a drug-induced dopamine surge leaves you craving more, music becomes addictive — the dopamine tells your body it was rewarded and creates a desire to seek out more."

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10:19 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day: What's your song?

All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton explores the love songs that inspired a "long line of sentimental types" in his family. "But of all the things we find evocative — a handwritten letter, a cork from a particular bottle of wine or an old photo — few if any resonate with the past quite like a song." The love songs that resonate with me change with the seasons. As spring approaches, and I think about all that's soon to be in bloom, this one comes to mind.

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