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Newport Folk Festival
3:11 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 8:32 am

  • Alabama Shakes Live From Newport

For all the attention Alabama Shakes' music has attracted in 2012 — and its album Boys & Girls marked a huge breakthrough earlier this year — the live stage is where the soulful blues-rock band transcends mere "one to watch" status. Boys & Girls is the work of polished professionals at the top of their game, but in concert, Alabama Shakes' music reaches ecstatic, sprawling, rafter-shaking heights.

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The Record
11:09 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Do You Really Know What Live Is?

Nils Lofgren, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Van Zandt performing in Paris earlier this month.
David Wolff-Patrick Redferns via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:26 pm

For a few minutes the other night, I thought I'd be going to see One Direction this Sunday. A dad I know sent me a text proposing that we bring our third-graders to Key Arena for the exceptionally mop-topped British boy band's Seattle show. He thought we could nab some tickets.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:50 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From The Antlers' Michael Lerner

Andy Sheppard Redferns

The selections in this week's drum fill quiz come from the amazing Michael Lerner, drummer for The Antlers. Somehow he found time to put this list together for us while the band was finishing up it's new EP, Undersea. I thought it was a pretty challenging quiz, but see what you think.

Drag the drum fill or intro to the album it's from. If you get it right, the song names will appear.

More Drum Fill Quizes

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World Cafe
1:30 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Bright Moments On World Cafe

Bright Moments.
Kristianna Smith

Multi-instrumentalist Kelly Pratt has recorded and toured with bands like Coldplay, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Beirut since 2006, but he's stepped into his own spotlight since forming the sunny pop band

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
1:16 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

From Scorn For Zevon, A Father-Daughter Moment Is Born

Warren Zevon on the cover of Excitable Boy, the 1978 album which includes "Werewolves in London."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 4:51 pm

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Concerts
12:02 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Sigur Rós, Live In Concert From Celebrate Brooklyn

Sigur Ros performs at Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell on July 31, 2012.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 8:55 am

Sigur Rós could be forgiven for sounding better on record than in concert. The Icelandic band's songs either billow out deliberately or stomp majestically, and in every case entail the building of layers upon intricate sonic layers. Plus, singer Jónsi — he of the otherworldly voice, singing mostly in a ghostly language of his own devising — is no Mick Jagger when it comes to calling attention to himself.

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Alt.Latino
8:53 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Guest DJ: Camilo Lara From Mexican Institute Of Sound

Mexican Institute of Sound singer and producer Camilo Lara.
Thomas Bregardis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 9:08 am

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Music Interviews
2:38 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

The Practical Side Of The Great American Jam Band

The Grateful Dead circa 1970. The band's members were quintessential rock hippies — but, a new exhibit reveals, savvy businessmen as well.
Gems Redferns

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 5:29 pm

The Grateful Dead's eponymous live album started it all for Nicholas Meriwether.

It was 1985. He was studying history at Princeton and got hooked by psychedelic jams like "Wharf Rat." After his first concert, he knew: "I will spend the rest of my life thinking and studying this."

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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Brendan Benson On World Cafe

Brendan Benson.
Jo McCaughey

Brendan Benson has spent the past decade and a half curating a distinct and exciting sound, but his ascent hasn't been a smooth one. His debut album, 1996's One Mississippi, is considered a power-pop classic, but it sold poorly at the time of its release.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:33 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 25

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:05 am

If last week's poll is any indication, most of you don't care much for Madonna, Dave Matthews, or Whitney Houston, at least not for the records of theirs we suggested.

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