Music

All Songs TV
11:59 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Mitski, 'Townie'

A still from the Mitski video for "Townie."
Courtesy of the artist

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All Songs Considered
10:41 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Viking's Choice: Girlpool, 'Ideal World'

Girlpool.
Alice Baxley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 11:27 am

With just an electric guitar and bass, Girlpool inhabits an entire ecosystem in the space of a bedroom. The single-note melodies are simple and quiet; their instruments are cheap, yet full of character. "Ideal World" comes from the duo's debut album, Before The World Was Big.

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Favorite Sessions
10:34 am
Mon March 9, 2015

KEXP Presents: THEESatisfaction

Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

No other group in Seattle has the reach of THEESatisfaction. Members Cat and Stas perform soulful, psychedelic hip-hop that reaches to the stars while remaining rooted in real life. The duo's new album, EarthEE, maintains a spacey, futuristic vibe that pieces together fragments of jazz, funk, R&B and rap. In this session, THEESatisfaction transcends space and time as it performs the hypnotic "Recognition" live in the KEXP studio.

SET LIST

  • "Recognition"
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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:27 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Fantastic Negrito: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 9:21 am

It says a lot that, with almost 7,000 entries to choose from, we selected Fantastic Negrito as the winner of our Tiny Desk Concert Contest. For his winning submission, he performed "Lost In A Crowd" in a freight elevator in Oakland. It was his passion, his voice and his backing band that landed him an invitation to perform behind my desk. We're proud of our choice.

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Music
3:01 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

A Jazz Pianist Taps Armenian Folk, Metal Riffs And A Sense Of History

"Sometimes the music that I write doesn't need to have lyrics, it just needs vowels," says jazz artist Tigran Hamaysan.
Maeve Stam Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 6:25 pm

Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamaysan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he's a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard.

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Music Interviews
6:10 am
Sun March 8, 2015

The Seratones Rock The Tiny Desk With A Jungle Beat

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 11:08 am

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Music Interviews
3:13 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Making Records Is 'Not A Race' For Modest Mouse

Isaac Brock performs with Modest Mouse.
Jennifer Baniszewski Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 6:45 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Aurelio: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 11:03 am

Many tributaries follow the story of African migration to this part of the world. Much of that narrative is well-known, but little-known pockets of African culture still produce unique cultural expressions. The story of the Garifuna people is just one example.

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Animals
6:02 am
Sat March 7, 2015

These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Could this cat be enjoying "Spook's Ditty"?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 10:18 am

When you leave the house, do you ever turn on some music to keep your cat company?

What kind do you choose? Tom Jones crooning "What's New Pussycat?" A ballad by Cat Stevens? Perhaps Al Stewart's "The Year of the Cat"?

Nonsense. Cats don't to want to hear humans singing about them, says composer and University of Maryland music professor David Teie.

Researchers at U.Md. and the University of Wisconsin have teamed up with Teie to make music that was more feline friendly.

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Music
4:18 am
Sat March 7, 2015

From The Shadows Of Apartheid, Three Singers Bring Their Voices To The States

Bala Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 8:29 am

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