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All Songs Considered
11:24 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Discussion: The Year In Music (So Far), 2014

Top row: Nothing; Middle row, left to right: St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Sturgill Simpson; Bottom: Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:49 pm

On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to recount their favorite music from the first six months of 2014. They spin the ferocious punk energy of Perfect Pussy, the magnetic vocals of Broken Twin, absurdly catchy electro-pop from Sylvan Esso and much more.

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All Songs Considered
9:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Viking's Choice: Pallbearer, 'The Ghost I Used To Be'

Pallbearer.
Courtesy of the artist

Pallbearer's Sorrow and Extinction was one of 2012's most heartbreaking metal records — equal parts Black Sabbath and Candlemass in its stately sad-bastard doom. But those masterful twin-lead guitars, the funeral-paced riffs, and Brett Campbell's gripping voice sometimes got buried in the mix.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

Conor Oberst performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:23 am

Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place.

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All Songs Considered
10:02 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Song Premiere: Robert Plant's Bold New Band

Robert Plant and his new band The Sensational Space Shifters.
Frank Melfi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:09 am

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

First Listen: OOIOO, 'Gamel'

OOIOO's new album, Gamel, comes out July 1.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:47 am

You may be unfamiliar with OOIOO, but you've likely heard of the woman behind all those vowels: Yoshimi, drummer in the raucous Japanese band Boredoms and muse behind The Flaming Lips' famous Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. For the past 17 years, she's commandeered OOIOO, a genre-pushing collective that breaks down the barriers between pop and experimental music.

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Music Interviews
3:09 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

How Does A Jam Band Write Songs? We Asked Phish

Phish's new album is Fuego.
Peter Yang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 4:25 pm

The world of rock 'n' roll once thought it would never again see the cult-like devotion of Grateful Dead fans. Then came Phish.

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All Songs Considered
3:20 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song?

Summer is a season of simplicity.
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside that one CD which appears to have been pulverized by a steamroller is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on what transforms a mere hit single into the agreed-upon song of the summer.

Kemper writes via Facebook: "When do we know what the song of summer will be? Have we already heard this year's song? If not, when do we typically start to hear it? Why do the other seasons lack their own song?"

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Music Interviews
2:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ian McLagan's Song For A Muse

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan released his first studio album in five years, United States, on Tuesday.
Jim Chapin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:31 pm

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All Songs Considered
8:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite

The soundtrack album art for the film "Wish I Was Here"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:51 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Sole Of A Band, June 19

Bob Boilen NPR

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Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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