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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Archie Powell And The Exports On World Cafe

Archie Powell & The Exports.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 9:06 am

Archie Powell has been surrounded by music since he was little: His father was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Powell himself picked up the guitar at 11, so songwriting became a natural next step for the music prodigy. He joined up with his band The Exports — brothers Ryan, Adam and RJ Export play keyboards, bass and drums, respectively — soon after college. By 2010, the Chicago-based power-pop band was ready with its first full-length studio album, Skip Work.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:03 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Song Premiere: Chelsea Wolfe, 'Way We Used To'

Chelsea Wolfe.
Kristin Cofer

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 2:00 pm

I'm usually a fan of "between" albums — the ones that break away from an artist's established sound, either tentatively or extravagantly, exploring the extremes of inspiration. These records are often misunderstood upon immediate release, but offer clues to an artist's discography over time.

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Music Interviews
3:28 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Passion Pit's Not-So-Silver Lining

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos performs at Terminal 5 in New York in 2010. The band's new record, Gossamer, comes out July 24.
Cory Schwartz Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 8:35 am

Passion Pit emerged from Boston's music scene just four years ago when musician Michael Angelakos recorded a collection of songs for his girlfriend as a Valentine's Day gift.

His brand of upbeat electronic pop soon found a much larger audience. These days, Passion Pit is known nationwide for its elaborate production and Angelakos' distinctive falsetto. The band will release its second album, Gossamer, July 24.

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World Cafe: Next
3:36 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Next: Field Report

Field Report.
Ashlee Whitty

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 4:00 pm

Under the guidance of veteran singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield, Field Report's folksy, Springsteen-esque tunes are rife with mellow acoustic guitars and electrified keyboards.

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Music Interviews
4:05 am
Sat July 21, 2012

A Tribal Anthem's Author — And A Cult Rock Hero

In 1969, Plant and See, a band led by the late Lumbee Indian singer Willie Lowery (second from left), made its only album, a cult classic rereleased this month.
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Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 6:39 am

In the 1960s, the late Lumbee Indian singer, composer and activist Willie Lowery led a band called Plant and See — as in, plant the seed in the ground and see what comes up.

The band recorded only one album, Plant and See, which went out of print shortly after it was released in 1969, but psychedelic rock fans have always held it in high esteem.

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World Cafe
3:19 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Grace Potter On World Cafe

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Lauren Dukoff

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 1:37 pm

Grace Potter has been captivating audiences with her musical prowess for nearly a decade. Her talents are split between her impressive multi-instrumentalism, her impassioned singing and her energetic stage presence. Potter's band, The Nocturnals, forned after bandmate Matt Burr heard her play folk songs at a student-run venue. Coming out of Vermont with the 2005 debut Nothing But the Water, the band released the album independently before signing with Hollywood Records for a re-release.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:40 am
Thu July 19, 2012

First Watch: The Dø, 'The Wicked And The Blind'

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My favorite new discovery of the year is actually an album that came out last fall by a band called The Dø (pronounced "dough"). After months of living beneath a massive pile of other CDs, it finally surfaced a couple of weeks ago and blew me away. It's called Both Ways Open Jaws and it's an epic listen: beautiful but gritty, unpredictable, unsettling and full of mystery.

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NPR Music Essentials
7:34 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Baltimore hip-hop artist Al Great.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 6:34 am

Last month, we started a new feature called "Heavy Rotation" where we asked public radio DJs from around the country to tell us about the best new music on their playlist. The response was overwhelming, so we've decided to make it a monthly sampler.

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World Cafe
1:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Anders Osborne On World Cafe

Anders Osborne.
Courtesy of Jerry Moran

Originally from Sweden, Anders Osborne left his home in Uddevalla at 16 to hitchhike through Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Eventually finding his way to the U.S., the singer-songwriter and guitarist settled in New Orleans in 1984. The Crescent City clearly came to inspire Osborne's music, which ranges from muddy backwater blues to upbeat country-rock, and fills in many of the gaps in between.

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Field Recordings
8:27 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Deer Tick Among The Honey Buckets

Deer Tick performs "Main Street" at the Sasquatch bathrooms.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:45 am

We were late getting set up. As Deer Tick's John McCauley stood on the picturesque hillside of the Columbia River Gorge, about to strum the first chord of a song, another band started to blast us from the main stage nearby. We had to leave. It was a relief, really, because the natural majesty of the surroundings didn't seem at home with Deer Tick's music — especially not the Replacements-esque party attitude of the band's new album, Divine Providence.

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