Music

All Songs Considered
11:33 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Viking's Choice: Consider Yourself Ravaged By Bastard Sapling

Bastard Sapling.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:12 pm

Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most haunting vocalists in metal right now, howling like Ozzy Osbourne in a wind tunnel. But either out of aesthetics or shyness, her voice has always been buried by the relentlessly heavy mix on her two excellent records singing for Windhand. Thankfully, some friends convinced her to serve as the focal point of a track from a fellow Richmond metal band.

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All Songs Considered
9:29 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Mix: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch And More

Clockwise from upper left: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 11:46 am

On this week's All Songs Considered: New music from the pop giants in The New Pornographers, hip-hop and R&B singer Mapei, the riff-rock sax group Moon Hooch, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

If it's June, let the wedding bells, and the music, ring out.
iStockphoto.com

Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.

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World Cafe
3:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

World Cafe Next: Beaty Heart

Beaty Heart.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:02 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Beaty Heart

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a trio from South London. Beaty Heart makes rock music that keeps you on your toes: It's quirky, irreverent and complicated, with a tropical vibe that recalls Vampire Weekend.

Download two songs by the band at the audio link.

Live in Concert
3:08 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

tUnE-yArDs In Concert

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 8:26 am

A live performance by tUnE-yArDs is as thrilling and unshakeable as the music itself. For this set, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Merrill Garbus, the mad genius behind tUnE-yArDs brought along two frenetic dancers and backup singers, an extra percussionist, a bassist, and two enormous pairs of glittery blue eyes that stared the audience down from the back of the stage.

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Live in Concert
10:08 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Jack White, Live In Concert

Jack White, performing live at the Ford Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on Jun. 10, 2014.
TourGigs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:58 pm

"I'm in a talkative mood," Jack White told the sold-out crowd at Hollywood's historic Fonda Theater. Though it ended up being one of the few comments the singer and guitarist made during the performance, White frequently threw it to the audience for the refrains of several White Stripes songs, including "Fell In Love With A Girl," "We're Going To Be Friends," and the thrilling encore closer "Seven Nation Army."

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Music
7:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta, feature CD, 6/13

For Ziggy Marley, his latest vehicle of expression the album Fly Rasta, represented a galactic sonic journey . The trip began in early 2013 with a handwritten note by the six-time Grammy Award winner.  He sat in his home recording studio, took out a scrap of paper, and began to think about what would become his fifth solo studio album.

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World Cafe
4:10 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Sharon Van Etten On World Cafe

Sharon Van Etten.
Courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten made her debut in 2008 with a bare-bones album called Because I Was in Love. She followed it with 2010's Epic and 2012's Tramp, which was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. As she's pushed herself to improve on each album, Van Etten's remarkable emotional honesty has remained constant.

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Music
6:31 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

KSUT to broadcast live from Pagosa Folk N' Bluegrass this Saturday

KSUT will broadcast live from Pagosa Folk N' Bluegrass Festival from noon until 2:30 PM on Saturday (6/7). If you can't make it to Reservoir Hill, tune-in and catch full sets by the Railsplitters and MilkDrive. 

Music
6:23 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The Steel Wheels, No More Rain, feature CD, 6/6

The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.

In honor of their performance at the Pagosa Folk N' Bluegrass Festival this weekend, KSUT is featuring their CD 'No More Rain' Friday, June 6 at 12 noon.

 

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