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The Record
12:39 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

At The Pitchfork Festival, Best New Music In Real Life

Claire Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes, on stage on Saturday during the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 1:03 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:47 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Song Premiere: She Keeps Bees, 'Counter Charm'

Andy LaPlant and Jessica Larrabee of She Keeps Bees.
Courtesy of the artist

The Brooklyn-based duo She Keeps Bees likes to go it alone. Singer-guitarist Jessica Larrabee and drummer Andy LaPlant have been recording their music at home and self-releasing it since 2006. Their sound is intimate and moody, with incredibly spare arrangements that mix swampy blues with gritty rock.

To record the band's latest single, "Counter Charm," the duo headed to Paris, where they set up a makeshift studio in a small restaurant, late on Halloween night. If they were hoping to bottle the airy creepiness of the time and space, they found it.

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All Songs Considered
5:54 am
Tue July 17, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening, From The xx, Dan Deacon, Frank Ocean And More

The xx (clockwise from upper left), Cate Le Bon, Frank Ocean and Dan Deacon.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 8:34 am

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hear the first new song from The xx since the group's stunning debut in 2009. "Angels" is a sensitive love song, and fantastically sparse in instrumentation, aside from a booming bass.

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Live in Concert
4:05 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Best Coast In Concert

Best Coast, performing live at the 9:30 Club, in Washington, D.C.
Mike Katzif NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 12:29 pm

When it first emerged in 2010, the California garage-pop band Best Coast was all primitive charm: The duo of singer-guitarist Bethany Cosentino and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno used simplicity as a weapon, eschewing metaphor or nuance in favor of songs built around sentiments like "When I'm with you, I have fun" and "I wish he was my boyfriend." The hooks helped the songs verge on irresistibility, but the music was trifling by nature — songs built for the beach rather than the brain.

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First Listen
3:13 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

First Listen: The Gaslight Anthem, 'Handwritten'

The Gaslight Anthem's new album, Handwritten, comes out July 24.
Danny Clinch

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 3:23 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:21 am
Mon July 16, 2012

The xx Teases New Album 'Coexist' With The Simplest Of Love Songs

The xx will release Coexist on Sept. 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 11:20 am

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The Record
2:07 pm
Sun July 15, 2012

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On Covering Def Leppard

Joe Elliott fronting Def Leppard in London last year.
Jo Hale Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:30 pm

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Music News
4:11 am
Sun July 15, 2012

LCD Soundsystem's Final Bash, Relived

James Murphy on stage at Madison Square Garden last year, during LCD Soundsystem's final concert.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 6:08 pm

For an indie band, it seems almost impossible to achieve massive commercial success without losing credibility. LCD Soundsystem may have figured out the secret.

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Music Interviews
10:03 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Dirty Projectors: A Polarizing Sound At The Fringes Of Pop

David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. The band's new album is titled Swing Lo Magellan.
Jake Longstreth

Originally published on Sat July 14, 2012 5:21 pm

Opinions about Dirty Projectors couldn't be more divided. At a recent NPR Music listening party, audience members gave the band's new album, Swing Lo Magellan, both very high marks and very low marks. It was a genuine split decision.

Intrigued, weekends on All Things Considered spoke with Dirty Projectors bandleader Dave Longstreth to figure out why. One thing became clear pretty quickly: Longstreth and Dirty Projectors take a lot of risks.

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The Record
4:20 am
Sat July 14, 2012

He Keeps fun. Running

Shane Timm tunes Jack Antonoff's guitar on the stage at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn before a fun. show in June.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:31 pm

When NPR's Scott Simon spoke with singer Nate Ruess of the band fun. three weeks ago, the band was wrapping up a marathon tour of the United States in support of its album Some Nights and the hit single "We Are Young."

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