Live in Concert
12:46 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Dirty Projectors In Concert

Shantel Mitchell For NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:50 am

Few bands make music as strangely captivating - or make it as as fearlessly - as Dirty Projectors. The group's always unpredictable songs crisscross a mind-bending mix of genres and styles, with disjointed rhythms and structures, unusual melodies and harmonies that make it one of the most creative but polarizing groups of the past decade. For some it's an inspired form of high art, while others think it's just plain weird.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:43 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 15


Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:01 am

I guess it's not that big of a surprise, but according to last week's poll, 67 percent of you haven't heard Big Star's #1 Record. One of the nice side benefits of doing this series is that it gives people a chance to discover great albums they've never heard before, so if you're part of the 67 percent that hasn't heard Big Star, take some time to listen. You'll love it.

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7:13 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Lyle Lovett In Concert

David Andrako for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:53 am

Seeing a concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell is a surefire way to spend a summer night. Seeing Lyle Lovett close out the 2012 Celebrate Brooklyn season was something special — and we were there to record the Aug. 11 show.

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The Record
12:48 am
Wed August 15, 2012

My American Dream Sounds Like The White Stripes

The White Stripes.
Autumn De Wilde Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 1:27 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

First Watch: Aimee Mann, 'Charmer'

Sheryl Nields Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:38 pm

Aimee Mann's eighth studio record, Charmer, comes out in a month. Charmer is also the title — and subject — of the album's first video, which features a robot double of Mann played by three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Laura Linney of The Truman Show, The Squid and the Whale and The Big C.

The video, directed by Tom Scharpling, deals lightheartedly with the idea of fame and persona with Mann playing herself and Linney playing her robot double.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:32 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Song Premiere: Title Fight, 'Sympathy'

Title Fight.
Manny Mares

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:10 pm

As much as its music pervaded my high school existence, I never attended Warped Tour — the sneaker-sponsored touring festival that has dipped into rap, Top 40 pop music and metalcore, but for the most part has stuck to its skater-friendly punk roots. On a recent mid-week day-off in late July, however, I was extremely tempted to hitch a ride to Merriweather Post Pavillion for the largely teenage-populated festival to see one band: Title Fight.

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All Songs Considered
8:43 am
Tue August 14, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening: Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, More

Omar Rodriguez Lopez (clockwise from upper left), Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, Niki And The Dove
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 5:24 pm

On this week's show hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share some of their favorite new discoveries, including the Kate Bush-inspired Swedish duo Niki And The Dove, German experimental pianist Nils Frahm, and a surprising new album from singer Amanda Palmer.

Also on the show: the best new music in a decade from the Chicago-based band Sea And Cake; the inimitable storytelling of Swedish pop singer Jens Lekman; and an epic new album from post-punk veterans Swans.

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3:04 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Little Feat's Rooster Rag

Rooster Rag, the new record sounds like the Feat of old. Core members Payne, Barrere Gradney, and Clayton are still onboard, along with Fred Tackett, a long time contributor (composer of “Fool Yourself “ for Dixie Chicken) and member since '88, and Robben Ford's son Gabe, former drum tech who replaced Richie Hayward in '09 when Hayward became too ill too continue.  Rooster Rag is available as a thank you gift for supporting KSUT Public Radio during the fall friend raiserPledge today.

8:56 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Jerry Douglas, Traveler, Feature CD, August 17

Traveler, the new album from world-renowned musician Jerry Douglas, is his first first solo release since his acclaimed 2009 Christmas album "Jerry Christmas". 

The project features special guest vocals from Eric Clapton, Mumford & Sons, Paul Simon, Keb’ Mo’, Marc Cohn and Alison Krauss and Union Station. The 11-track album also features legendary musicians Dr. John (piano), Béla Fleck (banjo), Del McCoury (harmony vocals), Sam Bush (harmony vocals and mandolin) Omar Hakim (drums) and Viktor Krauss (bass), among others.

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First Listen
8:33 am
Sun August 12, 2012

First Listen: Yeasayer, 'Fragrant World'

Yeasayer's new album, Fragrant World, comes out August 21.
Anna Palma

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 12:13 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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