First Listen
6:03 am
Fri May 23, 2014

First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser, 'Black Hours'

Hamilton Leithauser's new album, Black Hours, comes out June 3.
Lauren Dukoff Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 9:56 am

Hamilton Leithauser sounds worn-out and weary on Black Hours, his first solo record since his long-running band The Walkmen went on indefinite hiatus late last year.

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6:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Rodrigo y Gabriela, 9 Dead Alive, feature CD, 5/23

KSUT goes south of the border for this week's feature CD, "9 Dead Alive" by the flamenco duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. We'll play the album in its entirety at noon Friday. Correctly answer Jim Belcher's trivia question at around 12:30 and you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

All Songs Considered
12:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Sole Of A Band, May 22

To what musician do these sparkly boots belong?
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 12:31 pm

Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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9:35 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Tom Scholz: Sound Machine

Songwriter, musician and engineer Tom Scholz in his studio.
Austin de Besche

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 2:34 pm

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Dum Dum Girls On World Cafe

Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls.
James Orlando Courtesy of the artist

Founded by vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Penny, Dum Dum Girls takes its name from Iggy Pop's "Dum Dum Boys." The group brings its mix of lo-fi rock and noise-pop to its latest album, Too True, which was produced by longtime collaborator Richard Gottehrer.

During this session for World Cafe, Penny discusses how damaging her voice affected the time it took to record Too True — and, of course, the band plays a few tracks from the album.

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The Record
9:21 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Long Shadow Of Tom Warrior, Metal's Dark Innovator

Throughout his career, Thomas Gabriel Fischer has hinted that he makes his best music under bleak circumstances.
Ester Segarra Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 9:11 am

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All Songs Considered
2:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview

Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 10:29 am

  • Listen To Jack White On All Songs

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World Cafe
1:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Conor Oberst On World Cafe

Conor Oberst.
Butch Hogan Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst started releasing his own music on cassette from his home in Nebraska back in 1993, when he was only 13. Best known for his work as Bright Eyes, Oberst is also a member of Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:09 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Ages And Ages: Tiny Desk Concert

Ages and Ages performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on April 3, 2014.
Meg Vogel Meg Vogel/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 7:56 am

Everyone knows there are five immutable truths in life. No. 1 is "Nothing's ever easy." No. 2 is "Nobody does the right thing." No. 3 is, well, you get the idea.

The Portland, Ore., band Ages and Ages will likely make you rethink these immutable truths — particularly the whole idea about doing the right thing in life. Pay close attention to the second song the group performs in this uplifting Tiny Desk Concert, and you'll see what I mean.

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World Cafe
3:23 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

World Cafe Next: Haley Bonar

Haley Bonar.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is 31-year-old Minnesotan Haley Bonar. She was discovered at 19 by Alan Sparhawk of Low at an open mic in Duluth, Minn., and is about to release her fifth album, Last War. Here, we play two of its tracks, which you can download at the audio link.