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All Songs Considered
9:02 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Atoms For Peace, Tilly & The Wall, Woods, More

Tilly & The Wall (clockwise from upper left), Bad Powers, Thom Yorke and Flea of Atoms For Peace
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Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 10:24 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, co-host and producer Robin Hilton offers host Bob Boilen $200 million to walk away from the show forever. Does Bob take the bait?

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:03 am
Tue September 11, 2012

First Watch: The Raveonettes, 'The Enemy'

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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:18 pm

Just a year after releasing the full-length album Raven in the Grave, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo — the Danish musicians behind The Raveonettes — are back with yet another shimmering noise-pop record. Observator is out today, and includes the gorgeous cut "The Enemy."

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:03 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

First Watch: Ty Segall, 'The Hill'

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Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 1:20 pm

The basic overlays and spectral effects used in '80s music videos are so rough and out-of-place, they now seem cutting edge. The prolific, endlessly inspired lo-fi garage-rock musician Ty Segall re-creates that psychedelic vibe on his latest video, "The Hill."

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Music Interviews
8:30 am
Sun September 9, 2012

Pet Shop Boys Leave 'West End' To Explore 'Elysium'

The Pet Shop Boys' new album is called Elysium.
Ann Suma Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 11:40 am

For 25 years, the London synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys have done one thing better than any other duo in the UK: sell records.

In fact, they've sold 50 million records worldwide since Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe met at an electronics shop in 1981.

Many people were reminded of the Pet Shop Boys when they helped close out the 2012 Olympic Games in London with their biggest hit, "West End Girls." The duo, however, continues to make new music and has just released their 11th studio album, Elysium.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sun September 9, 2012

The Raveonettes: The Sound Of Surfing In The Rain

The Raveonettes is the Danish-born duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo. The band's new album is titled Observator.
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Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 11:43 am

For more than a decade, The Raveonettes' members have been making albums filled with fuzz-guitar feedback and tight girl-group harmonies. The duo's latest album, Observator, takes on a different sound, thanks in part to its embrace of a new instrument.

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Live Fridays From XPN
11:06 am
Sat September 8, 2012

The Sheepdogs In Concert

John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 12:56 am

The shaggy-haired Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs released three albums independently before entering Rolling Stone magazine's "Choose the Cover" competition in 2011. The group beat out 15 other competitors to win, and in the process scored a major-label record deal — not to mention an appearance on Project Runway.

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Music Interviews
10:51 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Dave Matthews On His Band's 'Unique Sort Of Love Affair'

"I can remember saying 'I can't imagine that I'm going to be doing this when I'm 45' — and I'm 45," Dave Matthews says.
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Originally published on Sat September 8, 2012 6:55 pm

For many people, the definitive soundtrack of the mid-1990s was a band out of Virginia with unusual instrumentation and an unmistakable sound. Born and partially raised in South Africa, Dave Matthews was a bartender in the college town of Charlottesville when he founded the Dave Matthews Band in 1991. Two decades on, the group has sold 40 million records and become one of the biggest live acts in the world.

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Music Reviews
1:26 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Cat Power Rips It Up, Starts Again

Chan Marshall, better known by the name Cat Power, takes a new approach on her latest record, Sun.
Stefano Giovannini Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 5:09 pm

I recently listened to the first single from the new Cat Power album with some fellow fans, and the room was deeply divided. Some thought the song was fabulous, but others were startled and upset — which I could understand, sort of. Chan Marshall's songs generally speak to pain and trauma with a hushed and intimate musical vocabulary. But this song, "Ruin," was different — not just a rock 'n' roll song, but one you might even want to dance to.

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Music Reviews
10:14 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'

Vocal groups like The Ink Spots went on for decades, often without a single member of the original group appearing with them.
Fred Ramage Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:31 am

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:03 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Song Premiere: Touché Amoré, 'Whale Belly'

Touché Amoré.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:20 pm

An endless churn of new music constantly buries the past, so it's the mark of a great record when you still want to spin it long after a given year's best-of lists are published. Touché Amoré's exuberant road-worn confessional, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, hasn't left my iPod or my psyche since last summer. And, while fans have already begun inquiring about a new full-length, the post-hardcore band's never-ending tour schedule doesn't stop until late December — for now.

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