Music

Music Interviews
4:41 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

The Nearly Lost Story Of Cambodian Rock 'N' Roll

Cambodian band Baksei Cham Krong.
Mol Kamach Courtesy of Argot Pictures

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 7:25 pm

The tragic story of Cambodia in the '60s and '70s is well-known: It became engulfed in the Vietnam War, then more than a million Cambodians died under the Khmer Rouge regime. Doctors, lawyers, teachers — educated people — were targeted in the communist takeover. So were artists and singers.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:49 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Donald Palumbo became the Met's chorus master in the 2007-2008 season. He sang in choruses all his life, he says, and eventually worked his way up without any formal conservatory training.
Marty Sohl Courtesy of the Met

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:05 am

Metropolitan Opera Chorus Master Donald Palumbo knows voices, and how to instruct singers to protect them.

Palumbo says that all singers have to monitor their voices while rehearsing during the day. The goal, he says, is to insure singers are at their "freshest" and "most solid" for the evening performance.

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All Songs TV
10:29 am
Wed April 22, 2015

NEEDS, 'We Forgot The Records To Our Record Release Show'

NEEDS front man Sean Orr, in a scene from the band's new video for the song "We Forgot The Records To Our Record Release Show."
Courtesy of the artist

I love this band. For its chaotic, full-throttle rock. For its world view — a mix of sweet idealism and brooding cynicism — and for its self-deprecating sense of humor. You can hear it all in the NEEDS song, "We Forgot The Records To Our Record Release Show," from the Vancouver band's self-titled debut.

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World Cafe
9:22 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Feufollet On World Cafe

Feufollet.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 11:15 am

Feufollet are from Lafayette, Louisiana and have been together since the late '90s, when the members were just kids. At that point, thanks to time spent in French immersion school, the band played the French Cajun music repertoire.

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Music
3:16 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos: 'I Was Really Pretty Lost'

Passion Pit.
Hassan Rahim Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:25 pm

Passion Pit is a band made up of one man: 27-year-old Michael Angelakos. When he signed with Columbia Records in 2009, Angelakos went from playing house parties in Boston to touring the world. Passion Pit's third album, Kindred, is out Tuesday, and there's more behind its sound than upbeat music.

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Mountain Stage
1:40 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Richard Thompson On Mountain Stage

Richard Thompson.
Mountain Stage

Richard Thompson headlines this archival Mountain Stage performance, recorded in May 1999. One of England's best-loved singer-songwriters and guitarists, Thompson has had his songs recorded by R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, David Gilmour, Elvis Costello, Greg Brown, Dinosaur Jr. and Del McCoury, among others.

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All Songs Considered
12:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

All Songs Considered: Hear Brand New My Morning Jacket, More

Clockwise from upper left: My Morning Jacket, Sharon Van Etten, Matt Pond PA, Desaparecidos
Courtesy of the artists

On today's All Songs Considered, we're hitting you with several premieres, beginning a heavy cut from My Morning Jacket's latest studio album, The Waterfall. On "Believe (Nobody Knows)," front man Jim James seeks meaning and truth in an uncertain world, while hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton consider a life of possibilities.

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World Cafe
10:55 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Delta Rae On World Cafe

Delta Rae.
Kelsey Stanger WXPN

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:34 pm

The Hölljes family has churned out some impressive musicians: Siblings Brittany, Ian and Eric Hölljes are at the heart of the North Carolina band Delta Rae. Brittany Hölljes and Elizabeth Hopkins share lead vocals in the group, while Ian and Eric Hölljes write the songs.

Delta Rae's first album, which included a cameo from Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, came out in 2012, and the band just released a new one called After It All. Here, Delta Rae performs some of its new songs onstage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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Favorite Sessions
10:04 am
Tue April 21, 2015

opbmusic Presents: Mac DeMarco

Mac DeMarco performs live at Pickathon 2014.
Leah Nash Pickathon

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All Songs Considered
8:01 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Viking's Choice: KEN mode, 'These Tight Jeans'

KEN mode.
Brenna Faris Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:13 am

KEN mode has always been a noise-rock band that could hang with the metal crowd. The Winnipeg trio often bolsters its heavy, angular riffs with burly bass lines and muscular drumming, and knows when to bring the grind. But with its sixth album, Success, KEN mode scales back its metallic tendencies to bring it all back home to the sort of treble-heavy freakouts found on albums by Cop Shoot Cop, Drive Like Jehu and Big Black.

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