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All Songs Considered
12:37 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

All Songs: Nine Creative Musicians You Should Know

Clockwise from upper left: Django Django, Farao, Pale Honey, The Staves, Tony Allen
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:40 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, we grapple with the alchemy of creation — the myriad ways a musician gets from blank page and empty studio to a full sound and lyrics that ring true. We were inspired in part by a show Bob saw recently by Magnetic Fields front man Stephin Merritt, where he performed 26 songs, each based on a letter of the alphabet. (Merritt, whose projects are often governed by external limitations, claims that his best-known project, 1999's monumental triple album 69 Love Songs, took him only a year to write.)

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Music Reviews
12:22 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

My Morning Jacket's 'The Waterfall' Can Beat You Down Or Lift You Up

There's an appealing inscrutability to the music of My Morning Jacket that continues on the band's new album, The Waterfall.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 9:28 am

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Microphone Check
6:03 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Iamsu: 'I Heard That Beat Totally Different'

Iamsu in NPR's New York studio in March.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 6:38 am

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Music
12:03 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Hop Along's 'Painted Shut' Invokes Two Mysterious Musicians

Hop Along's new album is titled Painted Shut.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:44 am

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Willie Nelson: 'Ain't Many Of Us Left'

In his new memoir, It's A Long Story, Willie Nelson writes about his early career as a DJ in Fort Worth. He can still recite what he'd say on the air.
David McClister Courtesy of Little, Brown and Company

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:14 am

The first thing you notice when you get on Willie Nelson's tour bus is a pungent aroma. Parked outside a gigantic casino and performance venue in Thackerville, Okla., Nelson offers NPR's David Greene a joint, which Greene declines. Nelson says he understands.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Vijay Iyer Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Vijay Iyer Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 20, 2015.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Vijay Iyer is probably best known as a pianist and bandleader in the African-American creative improvisational tradition — most say "jazz" for short — though he's also several other things in music. He's a composer of chamber, large-ensemble and mixed-media works; a Harvard professor; a student of Indian classical music; a father and New York City resident. Committed as he is to multiplicity, there's one place where you can see many of his interests distilled at once: in the trio he's led for nearly a dozen years.

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World Cafe
1:50 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

World Cafe Next: John Moreland

John Moreland.
Kris Payne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 12:22 pm

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, John Moreland, is an Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma who just released his second album, High On Tulsa Heat.

Before turning to songwriting, Moreland was in a metal band; nowadays, though, his work channels a deep well of emotion and pain. In this segment, you can hear two of his songs, which can also be downloaded here.

World Cafe
1:41 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

The London Souls On World Cafe

The London Souls.
Rocco Peditto WXPN

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 12:22 pm

The London Souls' members aren't from London; instead, they form a drum-and-guitar duo based in Brooklyn, where they carve their music out of the best of '60s psychedelic rock and soul.

Tash Neal (guitar) and Chris St. Hilaire (drums) have extraordinary communication live. On record, their music sounds like an undiscovered gem of British psychedelic rock or a lost Cream song.

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All Songs Considered
11:24 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Songs We Love: Farao, 'Hunter'

Farao
Ella Schultz Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:37 am

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All Songs TV
10:34 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Ashley Monroe, 'On To Something Good'

Ashley Monroe in a scene from her new video for the song "On To Something Good."
Courtesy of the artist

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