Music

Songs We Love
11:52 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Royal Thunder, 'Time Machine'

Royal Thunder.
Capitol Photography Partners Courtesy of the artist

Royal Thunder's "Time Machine" wields power from nuance. In just two albums, the Atlanta band has become a modern master of hard-rock restraint — no small feat given its affinity for psychedelic wandering and songs that typically wouldn't fit one side of a 7" single. Which is saying nothing of Mlny Parsonz's belting voice.

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Favorite Sessions
11:33 am
Thu March 5, 2015

KCRW Presents: Dan Deacon

Libby Pierson KCRW

During his debut performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, Dan Deacon saved something special for the KCRW audience. The mad genius from Baltimore premiered "When I Was Done Dying," a standout from his new album Gliss Riffer. Deacon's new album features some of his most accessible and appealing material yet, and his live performances remain one of a kind.

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  • "When I Was Done Dying"
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All Songs TV
11:21 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, 'Something To Believe In'

Courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez writes radio hits for a bygone era. He and his band of merrymakers record as Tall Tales & The Silver Lining, a seven-strong collective who channel that Laurel Canyon soft-rock vibe from mid-1970s.

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The Record
9:28 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Planet Of Sound: The Long, Unmistakable Orbit Of Aphex Twin

Courtesy of Warp Records

Releasing music under multiple names is a standby in the world of electronic dance music, but nobody in the early 1990s made more of the tendency than Aphex Twin, born Richard D. James in Cornwall, England in 1971. In addition to his main moniker, James had perhaps the most perversely odd pseudonyms in a field heavy on dweebs, gearheads, sci-fi nuts and other language-as-alien-device types.

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All Songs TV
8:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wasted Wine, 'The Strangest Of Eyes'

Courtesy of the Artist

If you're attracted to the strange, then you must watch "The Strangest Eyes." The music video for this song, by Wasted Wine, feels like a bastard child of David Lynch and Nick Cave. There's humor, but damn it's dark.

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All Songs TV
1:32 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Föllakzoid, 'Electric'

Courtesy of the artist

When I first saw this video for the song "Electric" by Chilean psych band Föllakzoid, I couldn't look away for the full 12 minutes. For something to hold your undivided attention that long these days is a minor miracle, so let's figure out how directors Ion Rakhmatulina and Domingo Garcia-Huidobro did it.

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Author Interviews
12:20 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

A 'Girl In A Band': Kim Gordon On Life After Sonic Youth

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Music Documentaries
6:20 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Latitudes: Stream The Film 'The Last Song Before The War'

Members of the Tuareg band Tartit at Mali's Festival of the Desert in 2011.
Courtesy of Kiley Kraskouskas

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 7:18 am

One of the best recently released music documentaries — The Last Song Before The War — wasn't originally supposed to be about music.

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Songs We Love
2:19 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Banditos, 'Cry Baby Cry'

Courtesy of the artist

On the cover of its soon-to-be released Bloodshot Records debut album, the rock and roll marauders in Banditos are relaxing on an American flag. The huge banner makes up the floor and walls of a makeshift living room, where the group lounges in voluminous hair, hats and, on drummer Randy Wade, a motorcycle helmet. It looks like Banditos is waiting backstage at the club in at the end of the roots-rock universe.

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Music Reviews
2:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Music Review: 'Soyo' By Dom La Nena

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:25 pm

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