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Phoebe Bridgers, "Smoke Signals"

Mar 1, 2017

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It's perhaps the greatest immutable truth: Nothing lasts forever. Despite the most valiant efforts to hold on, all things pass, from the highest highs to the lowest lows.

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Moses Boyd Exodus, "Rye Lane Shuffle"

Mar 1, 2017

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Moor Mother, "Deadbeat Protest"

Mar 1, 2017

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Migrant Kids, "Thread"

Mar 1, 2017

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Middle Kids, "Edge Of Town"

Mar 1, 2017

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Liniker E Os Caramelows, "Remonta"

Mar 1, 2017

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Let's Eat Grandma, "Deep Six Textbook"

Mar 1, 2017

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L.A. Salami, "Going Mad As The Street"

Mar 1, 2017

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Le Butcherettes, "Shave The Pride"

Mar 1, 2017

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Meat Wave, "Run You Out"

Mar 1, 2017

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Marisa Anderson, "He Is Without His Guns"

Mar 1, 2017

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Manu Delago, "A Step (feat. Pete Josef)"

Mar 1, 2017

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LVL UP, "The Closing Door"

Mar 1, 2017

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Living Hour, "Steady Glazed Eyes"

Mar 1, 2017

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Metropolis: 2/25/17

Feb 28, 2017

Set List

  • Geotic, "Sunspell" (Ghostly International)
  • Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam, "In A Black Out [Cassius Remix]" (Glassnote Recordings)
  • Geotic, "Actually Smiling" (Ghostly International)
  • Groove Junkies X Scott K, "Higher"
  • Oliver Jay, "Jungle Fire" (Bunny Tiger)
  • Clap! Clap! "Hope [feat. Oy]" (Black Acre)
  • Big Wild, "Empty Room [feat. Yuna]" (Foreign Family Collective)
  • Blue Mootel, "LWTK (Lunch With The King)"

At the height of the Cold War, the United States was also fighting a culture war. To counter Soviet propaganda, the U.S. State Department launched a public relations campaign called the Jazz Ambassadors program, sending Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck and other leading jazz musicians on tours around the world.

Dave Hause On World Cafe

Feb 28, 2017

Dave Hause comes from the place where punk and classic rock collide. On his new album, Bury Me In Philly, he's found the sweet spot between his hardcore background and his innate love of Led Zeppelin and the Stones.

Don't Bother Big Sean — He's Working

Feb 28, 2017

Real life will tell you different, but to let rap lists tell it an artist peaks in his late teens or early 20s. Most MC's debut albums are praised as their classics, even retroactively, while fans spend the rest of their careers pleading for them to return to their glory days. Nas has had a phenomenal career, but he still hasn't topped Illmatic. Jay Z wasn't popular until 1998, but his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt is seen as his undisputed best. And no matter how much he pushes the boundaries of hip-hop, many fans want "the old Kanye."

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Editor's note: The authors of this post, Peter Kolovos and Steve Lowenthal, worked closely with Hideo Ikeezumi in his final years, with Kolovos purchasing most of the impressive catalog of music he had released and reissuing that catalog through his U.S.-based Black Editions. Below, they share a remembrance of the man as well as a cross-sectional playlist, complete with "liner notes," compiled from the vast catalog of strange, lovely sounds that Mr. Ikeezumi dedicated himself to.

Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso is back with a much-anticipated followup to it's self-titled 2014 debut. The new album is called What Now and includes the jagged new single "Die Young."

In September 2012, a high-school rock band from Lititz, Pennsylvania, called The Districts took to the stage at World Cafe Live in Wilmington, Delaware, as part of a local battle of the bands competition.

The band took first place in the competition, and John Vettese, editor of WXPN's local music website The Key, described their set.

They're simply an abundance of euphoria. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band blasted the Tiny Desk with a Sousaphone, trumpets, saxophones, guitar and drums, at stunning volume, for a joyful celebration.

This band has been mixing be-bop and funk for 40 years. Around this time of year, when Mardi Gras revelry is fueled by New Orleans jazz, it was so good to feel their sounds in the office. Since today is Fat Tuesday — just before Lent and its fasts begin for some — we are sharing the party we hosted, filled with brass and sass from this fixture of great American music. Enjoy.

We watched more than 6,000 videos. Ten judges weighed in. Now, the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest has a winner.

It's become an annual tradition for NPR to host a live band in our studios for a full day. This year, we upped the ante and invited around 70 musicians from Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra to play the musical interludes between stories on All Things Considered.

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