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All Songs Considered Blog
9:17 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Watch Tom Waits' Bracing, Beautiful 'Hell Broke Luce' Video

Tom Waits.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:59 am

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:15 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Song Premiere: Stars, 'Backlines'

Stars' new album, The North, comes out Sept. 4.
Norman Wong

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 8:04 am

Predicting the sound of any given Stars song takes some doing: The Montreal band traffics in everything from joyfully guitar-driven power-pop to synth-based dance music to string-swept ballads that detail the heartbreaking minutiae of doomed romance. Even the lead voices shift from song to song, with Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell singing to, over and about each other, occasionally swapping verses.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:46 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Song Premiere: Black Prairie, 'How Do You Ruin Me'

Jason Quigley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 2:07 pm

Let's start with the familiar. Three fifths of the band Black Prairie are members of The Decemberists. The band's new album is produced by one of music's finest producers, Tucker Martine. And it gets better. In addition to The Decemberists' Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee and Nate Query, Black Prairie also includes Annalisa Tornfelt (violin and voice) and John Neufeld (guitar), both very talented players.

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Music Reviews
9:58 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Dan Auerbach Likes It Fast, Simple And Loud

Producer Dan Auerbach achieves an ideal version of JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda on their respective new albums.
James Quine

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 11:23 am

Dan Auerbach, one of two founders of The Black Keys, also maintains an active side business as a producer for other bands that share his love for blues- and country-influenced rock. Auerbach's production work can be heard on two new records: Hacienda's third album, Shakedown, and the major-label debut of JEFF The Brotherhood, titled Hypnotic Nights.

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World Cafe
11:01 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Keane On World Cafe

Keane.
Courtesy of the artist

The English piano-rock band Keane formed back in 1997, but it wasn't until 2004 that the group's album Hopes and Fears took off on the strength of the smash single "Somewhere Only We Know." A Best New Artist Grammy nomination followed, and in the years since, the group has released three more albums: 2006's Under the Iron Sea, 2008's Perfect Symmetry and this year's Strangeland.

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Favorite Sessions
1:50 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Gaslight Anthem: A Jersey Rocker Gets Personal

The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:21 pm

New Jersey has a proud heritage in rock music, from punk legends like Misfits to the Boss himself. The sonic imprint of the Garden State is unmistakable in the music of The Gaslight Anthem, which carries on in Jersey's proud rock 'n' roll tradition.

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Newport Folk Festival
1:41 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Gary Clark Jr., Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Gary Clark Jr. plays the Quad Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:16 am

Like many artists performing under the broad umbrella of "folk music" at this year's Newport Folk Festival, Gary Clark Jr. isn't settling inside any genre, let alone folk. Working off a template of bluesy rock, he infuses the gritty songs on his Bright Lights EP with elements of soul, pop and even reggae. Above all, he's a positively ferocious young guitarist, with a reputation as an up-and-comer poised for one of those 30-, 40-, even 50-year careers.

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Music
10:29 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again, Feature CD, August 10

With Michael Kiwanuka, it’s all about the voice. A voice that he describes as “hitting straight through to the core” with direct, emotional songs about love, yearning, comfort and belonging. It’s a voice that built him a following via MySpace and small London gigs, and led Paul Butler from The Bees to invite him to the band’s Isle of Wight studio to lay down these introductory tracks from what promises to be a major new British singer/songwriter.

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Concerts
9:14 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Justin Currie On Mountain Stage

Justin Currie performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 6:20 am

Singer-songwriter Justin Currie appears on this archival episode of Mountain Stage, recorded live in West Virginia in December 2007. Currie was a teenager when he founded the Scottish rock band Del Amitri in Glasgow in 1983. Soon eclipsing its DIY beginnings, Del Amitri went on to score several international hits in the '90s — including "Kiss This Thing Goodbye," "Roll to Me" and "The Last to Know" — and its videos became a mainstay on MTV and VH1.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:04 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Song Premiere: King Dude, 'Jesus In The Courtyard'

King Dude.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 11:26 am

  • Jesus in the Courtyard

Blasphemy didn't always belong to dudes in corpse paint and spiked armbands. At one point in history, rock and blues were the devil's music, existing mainly for hip-shaking and corrupting the youth. Blues has a sinister past — the most obvious example being Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues" — but there's also Brownie McGhee's "Dealing With the Devil," Charley Patton's "Devil Sent the Rain Blues" and a long list of others.

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