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All Songs Considered Blog
1:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Song Premiere: Neurosis, 'At The Well'

Neurosis.
Jason Roeder

For 27 years, the members of Neurosis have demonstrated what metal can be and what it can aspire to: transcendent, cathartic, graceful, innovative. Like the best films, Neurosis' albums are thoughtful and sometimes sublime escapes, navigating pain and salvation through Steve Von Till and Scott Kelly's words, as well as a dense atmosphere of distortion and noise. In the past decade, more deliberately paced and folkloric passages have made their way into Neurosis' sound, too.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:42 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Sept. 20

Yes or no?
iStock

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 8:55 am

This will be the last in our summer-long series of polls in search of the albums everyone can love. We've featured a few hundred records since we started back in May, and have found a lot of surprises.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:20 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Watch A Gorgeous New Animated Video For Wilco's 'Sunloathe'

'Sunloathe' from Wilco, with illustrations by Nathaniel Murphy
Nathaniel Murphy youtube

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 9:08 am

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Field Recordings
9:14 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Micachu & The Shapes: Weeds In The Forest

Micachu and the Shapes perform for a Field Recordings video in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:24 am

Experimental musician Mica Levi, a.k.a. Micachu, doesn't exactly fit comfortably into her surroundings: She cuts a vaguely otherworldly, not-so-vaguely androgynous figure, and sings strangely pretty, jagged little songs with the aid of odd tunings and a tiny guitar, which dangles from crudely tied twine. She identifies herself as a pop singer, but while her songs are catchy enough, they're no one's idea of pop-radio fodder.

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The Record
2:14 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Listen To A Long Conversation With Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt accepts her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville on Sept. 12, 2012.
Susan Bibeau Folk Alley

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 11:12 am

  • Listen to Bonnie Raitt and Ann Powers at the 2012 Americana Music Conference

Last Wednesday I had the enormous privilege of sitting down with the masterful Bonnie Raitt for the keynote conversation at the annual Americana Music Conference and Festival in Nashville. Actually, I stood while blues fusion matriarch sat — I'd aggravated an old back injury moments before we took the stage, and my mentioning this to the crowd set Bonnie up for her first zinger of the chat: "What was his name?" she teased.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:10 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Randy Newman Returns To Scathing Satire In 'I'm Dreaming'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:17 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:03 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Song Premiere: Early Graves, 'Pure Hell'

Early Graves.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 11:05 am

By many accounts, Early Graves' Makh Daniels was a passionate, kind man, as well as a ferocious vocalist who lived for the road. That he died in a van accident a little more than two years ago while on tour with The Funeral Pyre is just a reminder that sometimes the best die young.

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Music
11:36 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Bob Dylan, Tempest, feature CD, September 21

Tempest is Bob Dylan's highly-anticipated 35th studio album and coincides with the 50th anniversary of his 1962 eponymous debut album. Produced by Jack Frost and recorded with the members of Dylan's touring band and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, Tempest has received worldwide critical acclaim. 

In its five-star review, Rolling Stone calls Tempest, ''musically varied and full of curveballs....Dylan now stands virtually alone among his 1960s peers.''

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Live in Concert
11:16 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Grizzly Bear In Concert

Christopher Parks

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:19 pm

Grizzly Bear began in 2004 as a bedroom recording project for Massachusetts native Ed Droste. His early songs were mostly trippy, atmospheric and roughly sketched soundscapes, but by 2006, Grizzly Bear had evolved into a full band and released the slightly more polished album Yellow House. The group's 2009 breakthrough, Veckatimist, and the new Shields are both richly layered productions with gorgeous, soaring harmonies and artful melodies and rhythms.

Set List

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Favorite Sessions
8:58 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Menomena: Keeping Portland Weird

Nathan Quigley opbmusic.org

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:12 am

The Portland, Ore., rock band Menomena has just released Moms, its fourth album — and first since co-founder Brent Knopf left the group last year. The band's core members, Justin Harris and Danny Seim, carry forward Menomena's musical hallmarks (meaty baritone sax, bassline spines, rhythms that turn on a dime), which have made its sound such an original all these years.

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