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They've become one of my favorite go-to bands (and I'm not crazy about bluegrass music). Watch as Bob Boilen's desk gets Trampled by Turtles!

A fond farewell to Dan Nailen, KUER's Books & Beats contributor and Utah's source for all things music. Dan's moving to the Pacific Northwest to begin the next chapter in his life. Dan, thanks for everything you've done for KUER - and best of luck with your new adventure! We welcome Austen Diamond as the new contributor of the beats portion of Books & Beats.

Tiny Desk Concert: Nickel Creek

Aug 27, 2014

Nickel Creek's blend of bluegrass stylings and pop-tinged accessibility has been a winning formula for the California trio. The group recently reunited for a tour celebrating 25 years of music, and stopped by the Tiny Desk to perform four tracks in the cramped NPR studio.

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As outdoor concert season comes to a close, All Songs Considered's Stephen Thompson responds to a listener's question on etiquette at outdoor concerts. So - what's the verdict - do you hush?

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I recently uploaded a few Dinosaur Jr. songs to my workout playlist because their guitar-driven style gives my heart rate and spirits a needed boost. NPR Music is currently featuring the new album by J Mascis (guitarist/singer for Dinosaur Jr.) - stream Tied to a Star (Sub Pop) before it's officially released next week. I recommend starting with "Every Morning"...sweet, catchy and classic J Mascis material.

Bring the beach to the Beehive State with KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, broadcasting from Santa Monica, California. Stream while you're plugging away at the office or buzzing around town for a sunshine-laden mix of beats from around the world. Check out this episode for music from Arcade Fire, The War on Drugs and Imogen Heap.

NPR Music brings us big sound from a tiny desk. Enjoy three movements composed by Dmitri Shostakovich, as performed by Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet.

Meet 6-year-old Félix, who is totally blind. He belted out this song while hanging out in pajamas at at his summer camp last week. PRI's The World brings us this smile-inducing story and inspiring performance.

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Looking for a soundtrack to these rainy days of summer? Although Robert Kyr's album was composed in the arid desert of northern New Mexico, these cantatas are a gorgeous companion to a drizzly day. 

Get your DIY on and catch some live music at the 6th annual DIY Craft Lake City Festival, this Friday and Saturday (August 8 and 9, 2014). With 40 local performers and 200 vendors, there's a lot going on! I hope to catch my favorite twangsters Bronco - they'll be playing on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the KRCL stage. KUER is proud to sponsor this year's festival.

NPR Music brings us a live performance by Tweedy - a new band featuring Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old son Spencer. They took a break from the Newport Jazz Festival to play a song from their new album, Sukierae, in a tunnel under Rhode Island's Fort Adams State Park.

Gregory Porter: Live At Newport Jazz Festival

Aug 6, 2014
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With his trademark ski-mask-hat and rich, decadent voice, singer Gregory Porter cuts quite a silhouette on the jazz circuit.  He recently performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, delivering his signature energy and emotion in spades despite sporadic rain showers; head over to NPR Music to stream the eight-song live set from the talented Californian vocalist.  

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Did you catch the interview with Billy Joe Shaver during Morning Edition today? Find out who his text buddy is and how his persistence in stalking Waylon Jennings paid off.

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This weekend, one of the original restaurants at The Gateway shopping center in Salt Lake City will serve its last meal. Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill is closing Saturday. While there is a growing list of closures at The Gateway, one restaurant is opening this month that promises a new experience.

Problem: Soy un perdedor.
Solution: You’ll never amount to anything with that attitude, mister.

At last! McSweeney’s brings us some common sense solutions to problems posed in alt-pop songs.

They've become one of my favorite bands of 2014...check out Saintseneca's Tiny Desk Concert.

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NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Jenny Lewis about insomnia, the death of her father, the creative process, her sense of humor and her new album, The Voyager.

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MC/producer Ishmael Butler once fronted Digable Planets. But don't expect anything like 1992's "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" with Shabazz Palaces' new album Lese Majesty. Butler's newest project is hip hop-based, but it's also atmospheric. Abstract. Check it out - NPR Music is featuring the album in its entirety through July 29, 2014. 

Today's RadioWest is a rebroadcast of a conversation with Michael Rossato-Bennett, the director of "Alive Inside," a documentary that explores the healing power of music. The film is screening in Salt Lake City next week (July 22, 2014) as part of RadioWest's Through the Lens collaboration with the Utah Film Center. If you've never checked out a Through the Lens screening - mark your calendar and treat yourself.

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'".


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.