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Favorite Sessions
9:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

KCRW Presents: Thomas Dybdahl

Thomas Dybdahl performed live in the KCRW studios.
Alex Pieros KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:28 pm

Norway's Thomas Dybdahl had spent the better part of his career in New York City, but for his latest release, What's Left Is Forever, he found himself spending more time in Los Angeles. In addition to the new surroundings, Dybdahl also experimented with different ways of recording, opting for a simpler approach than in the past. The result was a throwback sound layered with funky grooves, something you can surely hear in the song "This Love Is Here To Stay."

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World Cafe
2:13 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Old 97's On World Cafe

Old 97's.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 1:58 pm

Formed in Dallas, Old 97's first got together more than 20 years ago. The band's latest album, Most Messed Up, hearkens back to the wild spirit of earlier albums like Too Far to Care; its sprawling opening track, "Longer Than You've Been Alive," recalls the group's history and has lead singer Rhett Miller fully embracing his rock 'n' roll lifestyle.

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World Cafe
1:41 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Laura Cantrell On World Cafe

Laura Cantrell's latest album, No Way There From Here, came out earlier this year.
Amy Dickerson Courtesy of the artist

New York City singer-songwriter Laura Cantrell returns to World Cafe with songs from No Way There From Here — her first album of new material in eight years, though she released a well-received Kitty Wells tribute record in 2011.

Cantrell moved to New York to attend college and stayed there, taking a Wall Street job to finance her passion for country music, both as a performer and as a DJ with a popular show on the radio station WFMU. She's originally from Nashville, where she recorded the new album.

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All Songs TV
12:59 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

They Might Be Giants, 'Tesla'

They Might Be Giants, 'Tesla'
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Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:03 pm

World Cafe
12:51 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

World Cafe Next: Landlady

Landlady.
Aleksandra Sasha Arutyunova Courtesy of the artist

The Brooklyn band Landlady will release its first full-length album, Upright Behavior, this summer. Jazz enthusiast Adam Schatz leads the adventurous five-piece folk-rock band. Hear two songs from Landlady's debut on this edition of World Cafe: Next.

Music Interviews
12:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Owen Pallett: The Consummate Musician, In Conflict

Owen Pallett's latest album is called In Conflict.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 10:15 am

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All Songs Considered
11:31 am
Tue May 27, 2014

New Mix: Royksopp & Robyn, LP, Bishop Allen, More

Clockwise from upper left: Röyksopp & Robyn, LP, Bishop Allen, Strand Of Oaks
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:14 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered we roll the windows down with a wind-whipped, sun-dappled mix of rock and pop, starting with an epic jam from the musician Timothy Showalter, who writes and records as Strand Of Oaks. The song, "JM" — a tribute to the late Jason Molina — rumbles and roars, propelled by Showalter's scorched guitar and voice.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Mon May 26, 2014

KEXP Presents: Lykke Li

Lykke Li performs live at KEXP.
Renata Steiner KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:50 am

Lykke Li may sing about repeating past mistakes, but on her new album, I Never Learn, the Swedish singer-songwriter has clearly grown. While continuing to work with Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), who contributed to her first two albums, Li took the helm in producing this time around. Musically, the results are darker and more melancholy; lyrically, she pulls no punches in relating the heartbreak that informs its songs.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

First Listen: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, 'Only Run'

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's new album, Only Run, comes out June 3.
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Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:57 am

Early in its career, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah seemed unlikely to last a decade: One of the first major bands to rise to prominence on the strength of support from music blogs, it followed a successful 2005 debut with the oddly produced and underwhelmingly received Some Loud Thunder. For a time, CYHSY seemed destined to become a footnote; a cautionary tale about bands that find ephemeral success on the Internet, only to fade as quickly as they came.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

First Listen: Joe Henry, 'Invisible Hour'

Joe Henry's new album, Invisible Hour, comes out June 3.
Daniel Wheeler Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:59 am

Eternal love may sound great on paper, but in reality our most serious commitments break us as surely as they make us. To wed is to promise to accompany someone through the hope of romance into terrifying midlife and aggravating old age, enduring whatever ordinary disasters hit. To believe in a deity is to accept that all-powerful being's cruelty, or even apparent apathy, as well as its wonder. To invest in a personal vision — a vocation, an artistic quest — is to acknowledge that it may fall apart.

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