Music

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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The Record
5:21 am
Thu August 2, 2012

On Bob Dylan And Jonah Lehrer, Two Fabulists

Bob Dylan at a press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London in 1966.
Fiona Adams Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:24 pm

Yesterday my husband and I had the same thought at the same time. It's not an uncommon occurrence for two writers who've spent decades arguing and enthusing about pop music. I mention it, in part, to stave off accusations that I'm plagiarizing from a nearby source, but also because I think what we reflected upon in light of the writer Jonah Lehrer's fatal mistake was probably in the minds of many music obsessives.

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Monkey See
11:42 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Sam Phillips And Trying To Describe The Indescribable Wow

Musician Sam Phillips
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 11:50 am

Everything I've ever written about Sam Phillips has been a cheat.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:00 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Song Premiere: Gaza, 'Not With All The Hope In The World'

Gaza.
Mikey Kunde

Sometimes there's just no room for subtlety. Sometimes you hate everyone and everything because that's the only way the world makes sense. Sometimes you wonder what the musical equivalent of a panther rattling a barbed-wire cage is. Well, maybe only Gaza has thought of that last one.

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Favorite Sessions
2:25 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Liars: Laying Down An Ominous Groove

Liars perform on The Current.
Nate Ryan

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

The career of the experimental rock trio Liars has been defined by nomadic wanderings, both geographically and sonically. Formed in L.A., the trio relocated to Brooklyn, then to rural New Jersey, and eventually to Berlin, before returning to L.A.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:02 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

'Oh We've Got A Bigger Dressing Room Than The Puppets, That's Refreshing'

The members of Grand Funk Railroad, Don Brewer (drums), guitarists Mel Schacher (right) and Mark Farner play at a free concert in London's Hyde Park in 1971.
Popperfoto Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:42 pm

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That old expression came to mind when I read the headline of a recent press release:

'Grand Funk Railroad, Boston, Kansas at Aberdeen Proving Ground, August 11'

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Mountain Stage
11:12 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage

Matt Nathanson performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

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

Matt Nathanson performed this set for Mountain Stage, recorded live in West Virginia, back in December 2007. The singer, who was born in Massachusetts but now lives in San Francisco, began writing songs in high school, and made his first record while attending college in 1993. He's recorded seven studio albums since — the latest of which, Modern Love, came out last year.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:01 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 31

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:03 am

Apart from Rubber Soul by The Beatles, there weren't any big winners in last week's poll, the latest in our summer-long attempt to identify the albums we can all agree on.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:03 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Highlights: The 2012 Newport Folk Festival In Photos

Fans, from left, Jenn Spofford, Chrissy Stewart and Suzanna Kopec, all of Providence, R.I., cheer for My Morning Jacket as the band performs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Folk Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

There's no hiding that the Newport Folk Festival has become a more musically diverse experience.

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