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All Songs Considered
11:12 am
Thu November 1, 2012

First Watch: Walk Off The Earth, 'Red Hands'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:28 pm

I'll admit it, I'm a sucker for a confetti cannon. But even more so, I love it when visuals draw me into a song. It doesn't happen often, but this video for the song "Red Hands" by Walk Off The Earth had me scratching my head wondering how it was done while it kept me smiling at the same time.

It's not the first time this band has made me smile. Earlier this year this Canadian band gathered round a single acoustic guitar and recorded themselves playing a cover version of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" that has now been watched 138 million times.

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Field Recordings
8:45 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Allen Stone: A Rollicking Moment, Performed On The Wind

Allen Stone, right, accompanied by Trevor Larkin perform for a Field Recordings video backstage at Sasquatch! Music Fest
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 1:37 pm

"I feel like Zeus," Allen Stone announces with a laugh as gusts of wind whip his long hair in dramatic fashion. With a mountainous vista behind him, he's found himself in the kind of majestic rock 'n' roll moment that requires a callout to Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" — is there ever a bad time to invoke The Log? — seeing as how it takes place during the 2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival in rural Washington state.

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All Songs Considered
10:02 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Song Premiere: Ilsa, 'Fluid Bound'

Ilsa by candlelight.
Courtesy of the artist

Ilsa makes no secret of reveling in debauchery and exploitation flicks, so Intoxicantations is a perfectly clever title for the band's new album. The word-mash is a little hokey, like a B-movie with a lot of blood and bare-chested women, but still a line every metalhead or pulp comic-book writer will wish he'd thought of first. But even the most awesomely gruesome titles and covers need real guts (spilling out or otherwise), and with "Fluid Bound," the Washington, D.C., metal band drips with demented horror.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Song Premiere: Haley Bonar, 'Bad Reputation'

Haley Bonar.
Courtesy of the artist

Haley Bonar has been crafting gorgeous, stately pop and wounded ballads for more than a decade now, and her fans still often find themselves explaining, "It's pronounced Bonner." At this point, Bonar deserves to have people pronounce her name correctly and then some, because she's a remarkable performer, with a terrific ear for detail and a gift for masking melancholy observations with hooks that stick.

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All Songs Considered
1:56 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

We Get Mail: The Top Five Secret Ingredients To Make Any Song Awesome

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 1:00 pm

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Music Reviews
12:03 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Neil Young Still Vital On 'Psychedelic Pill'

Crazy Horse doesn't just redeem Neil Young's mawkish moments — it transforms them. From left, Ralph Molina, Poncho Sampedro, Neil Young and Billy Talbot are Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
Julie Gardner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 10:51 am

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Favorite Sessions
9:44 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Public Image Ltd.: Re-imagining Eden

John Lydon brought his PiL project to The Current's studios.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:14 pm

In the immediate wake of The Sex Pistols' dramatic 1978 breakup, John Lydon shed his "Johnny Rotten" persona and emerged with Public Image Ltd., a new band whose dark, strange sound defined the new direction the U.K. music scene would soon pursue. Post-punk — less a genre than a loose and eclectic coalition of arty, angry and cerebral aesthetic impulses — viewed the scorched-earth sonic violence of the 1977 punk explosion as fertile breeding ground for new sounds (a direct inversion of the Pistols' "no future" ethos).

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World Cafe
3:15 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Next: People Get Ready

People Get Ready.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 29, 2012 4:10 pm

  • Hear two new tracks by People Get Ready

The Brooklyn band People Get Ready has been combining music and performance art since 2009, when the group first performed at The Kitchen's Dance and Process series in New York. The band released its self-titled debut earlier this month, and it's a fine collection of harmony-rich pop.

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All Songs Considered
3:00 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Question Of The Day: Top Five Bands That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are?

Five Eight giving yet another one of its many memorable live performances.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 2:48 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:03 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Passion Pit: Tiny Desk Concert

Passion Pit performs on Tiny Desk on Oct. 15.
Ryan Smith Ryan Smith/NPR

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:21 am

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos is a fussy sonic craftsman: A keyboardist and singer who started out working solo on his laptop, he now makes fizzily catchy electro-pop that orbits around monster hooks. He's not, in other words, the first musician you'd associate with a stripped-down performance behind NPR Music's Tiny Desk, where Technicolor production tends to give way to unfiltered voices and bare instrumental essentials.

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