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World Cafe
12:03 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Ben Folds Five On World Cafe

(From left) Robert Sledge, Ben Folds and Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five.
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Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:50 am

Three albums into a thriving career, Ben Folds Five abruptly announced it was over in 2000. Luckily for fans, Folds got the band back together 11 years later and even released a new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, this September.

The album is classic Ben Folds Five — at times irreverent, cerebral, quirky, wistful and playful. The Sound of the Life of the Mind peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and the video for the first single, "Do It Anyway," features Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry and the cast of Fraggle Rock.

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NPR's Holiday Favorites
6:03 am
Fri November 23, 2012

The NPR Music Holiday Gift Wish List

What do you want for the holidays?
Walter Blum National Archief via Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 7:23 am

We at NPR Music spend most of our days listening to music, thinking about music, writing about it, arguing with each other over it, calling the people who made it to ask them about their work, enthusing over songs, griping about albums. Our thirst for the new and the intriguing and the great is insatiable. And every year at about this time try to we sum up a fruitful year of listening in our best-of-the-year bonanza.

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All Songs Considered
11:08 am
Thu November 22, 2012

An Early Peek At Our Favorite Music Of 2012

Sharon Van Etten's Tramp was released in February by Jagjaguwar.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 7:29 am

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World Cafe
9:02 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Calexico On World Cafe

Calexico.
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Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 12:33 pm

It's not easy to pin a single genre on Calexico. Joey Burns and John Convertino's band blends Americana, Tejano and indie rock music. Burns and Convertino began recording under the name — borrowed from the California border town — in 1996 in Tucson, Ariz., and have released several well-received albums, including this year's Algiers.

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All Songs Considered
4:34 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

For just one day, let's pretend like it's 1967.
Ted Spiegel CORBIS

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 1:38 pm

If you're back in your old neighborhood this weekend or just need an excuse to get out of the house, Record Store Day is a pretty good option. The twice-annual event when independent record stores around the country offer brand new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl has become an opportunity for artists to find a home for that extra song that didn't fit anywhere or to put out that remix that was just plain odd.

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World Cafe
1:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Delta Rae On World Cafe

Delta Rae.
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Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 2:31 pm

Siblings Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes — three of the four lead singers in the American folk-rock band Delta Rae — first learned the power of a good story when their parents read them mythological tales. In fact, the band's name is inspired by a fictional story the Hölljes' mother intended to write. Flash forward to 2012, and the band has put those lessons to good use.

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Alt.Latino
10:59 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Alt.Latino: Special Guest Calle 13

Calle 13 singer Rene Perez
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Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 2:30 pm

This week we are bringing you an encore presentation of one of our favorite Guest DJ sessions of all time — with Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13.

Calle 13 is one of the most exciting and creative groups to hit the Latin alternative scene in the last decade. But not everyone agrees. The duo is as polarizing as it is provocative.

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All Songs Considered
9:32 am
Wed November 21, 2012

We Get Mail: How Much Music Is Too Much Music?

With so much new music, who has time to listen to this? And with all this old music, who has time to listen to the new stuff?
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Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 12:29 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and tucked into the piles of new CDs is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. In this holiday-shortened week of over-indulgence, we answer questions about too much music and not enough time.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Wed November 21, 2012

KCRW Presents: Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor performs for KCRW.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:09 pm

You always remember the first time you heard one of Regina Spektor's songs. She harnesses such a wide range of emotions expertly — and even more so in her live performances. Spektor is one of a kind, and "The Party" is a perfect example.

You can watch the entire performance over at KCRW.com.

Music Reviews
10:52 am
Tue November 20, 2012

The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

The Insect Trust.
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Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 9:40 am

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