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All Songs Considered
1:10 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

First Watch: The Zolas, 'Escape Artist'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 1:39 pm

In "Escape Artist," the new video from Canadian pop duo The Zolas, the band plays around with audience expectations about race, culture and sexuality. As frontman Zach Gray sings about his mysterious alter ego, a group of kids kick around their neighborhood, playing basketball, chatting up girls and passing the hours. One of them clearly feels like an outsider.

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World Cafe
12:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Richard Thompson On World Cafe

Richard Thompson.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 3:08 pm

Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17.

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Favorite Sessions
12:29 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Yo La Tengo: Still 'Around,' Thank God

Yo La Tengo performs a studio session at KEXP's studios in Seattle on Jan. 18, 2013.
Renata Steiner nataworry.com

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:24 pm

I always look forward to a new album from Yo La Tengo. The New Jersey band's music becomes a part of my life in ways that other records don't, so I was thrilled when frontman Ira Kaplan, drummer Georgia Hubley and bassist James McNew stopped by the Afternoon Show on KEXP to perform songs from their new album, Fade.

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All Songs Considered
12:25 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

New David Bowie, Phoenix, Wavves, My Morning Jacket Covers John Denver, More

Clockwise from upper left: Nathan Williams of Wavves, David Bowie, John Denver, Phoenix, and Kanene Pipkin of Lone Bellow
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Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 7:32 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, we've got a brand new song from David Bowie, from his first album of new songs in a decade.

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All Songs Considered
11:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

David Bowie's New Song Is...

Cover art for David Bowie's single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:49 am

There's another new song from David Bowie and it's called "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)." This is the second Bowie song in the past few months after a dry spell that lasted ten years. You can hear the song and watch the video, which contains some nudity.

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Live in Concert
3:34 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra In Concert

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Lizzie Chen NPR Music

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:49 am

The psych-rock trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra doused a sold-out Washington, D.C., crowd in an epic wash of guitar noise during an hour-long performance at the Rock and Roll Hotel, recorded and webcast live on Feb. 27.

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World Cafe
1:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Next: Jacco Gardner

Jacco Gardner.
Nick Helderman Courtesy of the artist

Dutch multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacco Gardner's debut album, Cabinet of Curiosities, offers a fresh take on the baroque pop sound of the 1960s.

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Music Interviews
3:38 pm
Sat February 23, 2013

Johnny Marr On Quitting School, Moving To Portland And Wearing Capes

Johnny Marr's new solo album is called The Messenger.
Jon Shard Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:20 am

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Song Travels
2:21 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Stephen Holden On 'Song Travels'

New York Times critic Stephen Holden.
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Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 9:08 am

Writer and critic Stephen Holden has covered everything from film to cabaret for The New York Times, as well as for TV programs such as 60 Minutes and 20/20. While he'd hoped to become a pop singer in his adolescence, Holden later embraced poetry and was published in The New Yorker.

Music remained a passion for Holden and became a key subject of his writing. He covered the singer-songwriter explosion of the 1970s, and his 1980 satirical novel Triple Platinum was based on his experiences as a journalist and executive with RCA.

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All Songs Considered
11:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Prepare Thy 'Sky Burial': The Lumbering Heft Of Inter Arma

Inter Arma.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:39 pm

At some point, a long string of colorful adjectives doesn't accomplish much for any band. "Hypnogogic math-pop," "blackened uber-popadelica," "avant seapunk-rap" — it all gets a little silly. Metal, or at least the folks who describe it, often falls into this trap, present company included. Exhibit A: the second album from Richmond's Inter Arma. Sky Burial ingests several forms of metal, but the goal is demonstrable heft. Maybe you should just listen to its opening track first; it's called "The Survival Fires."

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