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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. Johnny oldest daughter, Rosanne Cash, will play live with her band at Kingsbury Hall this Saturday, February 21. Her newest album, The River and the Thread , is a collection of songs that connect Cash with the American South - the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors. Written with her longtime collaborator, producer, guitarist and husband...

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Utah's Great Interstate is playing live on RadioWest right now. Turn it up and check it out ! Great Interstate is the brainchild of 22-year-old singer-songwriter Andrew Goldring, who started the band as a solo project to help him find his own creative path. Many of the tracks on the band’s debut record, “Inversion Songs,” draw inspiration from the Wasatch Front’s periods of crappy air, when you wonder if the smog will ever lift. But it’s not downer music. Goldring says the album is ultimately...

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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.

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Feb 12, 2015

Fantastic Negrito - also known as Xavier Dphrepaulezz - has won NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest . Bob Boilen shared his thoughts about the Oakland-based musician today on Morning Edition : Though I watched thousands of videos, the moment I heard his voice and saw such conviction to his song I thought, "Wow, I think this guy could win." I wasn't alone: The other judges — Robin Hilton, Valerie June, Reggie Watts, John Congleton and Thao Nguyen — also found Fantastic Negrito and his band...

23 band members (cheerleaders included) squeeze onto Bob Boilen's tiny desk (and cabinets and step-stools) with this live, completely celebratory performance by Chicago's Mucca Pazza .

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It's here! The new album by José González - is streaming live at NPR Music through next Tuesday. González's new songs extend the contemplative air of "Line Of Fire," and of really everything the Swedish-born singer-songwriter has recorded since his 2005 debut. But the new works are tighter, more focused; each line seems meditated over, distilled for maximum potency. They're slight little creations, with minimal words encapsulating big ideas and breezy pop melodies disguising weighty notions...

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What's your go-to song for romance? All Songs Considered is collecting suggestions : Tell us what song and/or artist makes YOUR most romantic music, the kind of song that puts you in the mood or the tune that runs through your head while you pine for a distant lover. (People still pine, right?)

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If you missed this story on Weekend Edition last Saturday, you'll want to take a listen : The story of Paramount Records is a story of contradictions. It was a record label founded by a furniture company, a commercial enterprise that became arguably the most comprehensive chronicler of African American music in the early 20th century. And yet, for Paramount's executives, music was an afterthought. "They didn't really care about any of it; they just wanted to sell record players," says...

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What's spinning on public radio? Check out the latest from Panda Bear, Father John Misty, Tuxedo, Pond, Eyelids and Fine Print...

The City of Portland, Oregon declared January 20, 2015 as "The Decemberists Day." The band has a new album out, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World , and recently performed some of their new songs on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic .

Rubblebucket's confetti cannon request was nixed, but their Tiny Desk Concert will still infuse a festive atmosphere into your Monday.

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Jan 22, 2015
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Handpicked by NPR Music and public radio hosts across the country...crank up the speakers and enjoy!

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Over the past few years we’ve seen reunions (most of them fruitful) of bands including Outkast, The Afghan Whigs, Mazzy Star, Soundgarden, Pixies, The Replacements and Slowdive. It’s been a popular trend in music, and continues today as one of rock’s most influential all-female groups, Sleater-Kinney, releases their eighth album, No Cities to Love . Sleater-Kinney formed in 1994 in Olympia, Washington. Named after an actual road - exit 108 on I-5 in Lacey, Washington, the band has served as...

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Did you know that NPR's Bob Boilen used to be in an experimental new wave band called Tiny Desk Unit ? And that he wrote a performance piece that imagined the history of sound in 20 minutes? Brush up on all things All Songs Considered , and check out the show's archives here .

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Last weekend, some of the most remarkable global musicians converged in New York City for the annual globalFEST , one unforgettable night of rapturous dancing, musical meditation and kinship. NPR Music brings you some of the highlights and favorite discoveries from this year's globalFEST.

Big Wild Wings is gearing up to play live this morning on RadioWest . Listen at 11 a.m. Mountain, or check out the archived show later today. Two years ago, tragedy struck musician Lyndsi Austin and her family when one of her older brothers passed away. Many of the lyrics she wrote for the debut album of her band Big Wild Wings express her sense of loss. She says making music helped her cope with the grief. While Big Wild Wings tackles some heavy subject matter, the trio’s big, airy sound and...

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We ring in 2015 with a story about James Brown, two drummers and a whole lotta funk. Keep your ears peeled to Morning Edition this week - David Greene will be talking about drums and drummers as part of "Beat Week."

A lucky musician or band will play at the most famous desk in music this spring. Check out the latest submissions and spread the word!

Fa la la! NPR Music has bundled their favorite songs of the past year into a massive, party-starting player . The complete list features more than 300 new releases from 2014. Hosting a holiday party? Press play and bask in the coolness!

I discovered Shakey Graves recently and can't get enough! Check out their live performance for WXPN's World Cafe . Bookmark WXPN's YouTube channel - some great live sets by artists including Justin Townes Earle, Tweedy, Spoon and Of Monsters and Men.

NPR Music and member station partners bring you their favorite albums of 2014 . Did your go-to albums make the cut?

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As the year comes to a close, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton join NPR Music editors Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson to reflect on the best music of 2014 .

Have you daydreamed about rocking out at Bob Boilen's Tiny Desk at NPR Headquarters? NPR Music is helping to make your dreams come true with the Tiny Desk Concert Contest .

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The new album by She & Him, Classics , is the perfect soundtrack to bird/tofurky stuffing and holiday decorating. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cardio for the Brain

Nov 21, 2014

Ted-Ed makes the case to dust off that accordion!

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The office of KUER's General Manager, John Greene, is adjacent to KUER's admin space. Often times we'll be in the middle of a meeting and we'll hear what sounds like a pod of sickly whales or an orchestra of rusted space ships emanating from his office. "WFMU?" A grin and a nod. John tipped me off to this interview with NPR's Scott Simon and Ken Freedman , Station Manager of New Jersey's "scrappy, chaotic and iconoclastic radio station." You'll want to check out WFMU's program schedule as...

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If you love James Mercer and The Shins like I do, you'll want to stream Flake Music's When You Land Here, It's Time To Return (thanks, NPR Music!) - this newly remastered, remixed and reissued album is essential listening for those who love The Shins' early sound. Monday's looking up!

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Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the new album by the London-based band The Heliocentrics. The Last Transmission features poetry by Van Peebles - a trippy intergalactic story about an astronaut sending out messages while exploring deep, deep space.