Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Milo Greene: Born Of A Music-Industry Phantom

Milo Greene's self-titled debut comes out Tuesday.
L. Gray

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 1:49 pm

Buzz has been building. There were standing ovations when Milo Greene toured with The Civil Wars. Esquire magazine put Milo Greene on its list of artists to watch in 2012, and Milo Greene will perform songs from its debut album on David Letterman's show later this month. But this budding star is probably not who you think he is.

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Live Fridays From XPN
3:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Alberta Cross In Concert

Alberta Cross performs songs from his new album at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Laura Jane Brubaker WXPN

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 2:09 pm

Born in a New York City bar from the minds of Londoner Terry Wolfers and Brit/Swede Petter Ericson Stakee, Alberta Cross crafts a distinct variation on American roots music. The band's use of folk and blues traditions within an old-school rock template works off the firm foundations laid by the likes of The Band and Neil Young.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:31 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

First Watch: Loudon Wainwright III, 'The Here & The Now'

Loudon Wainwright III at the beach with his grandson Archangelo, the son of Martha Wainwright.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 2:40 pm

Maybe we should all write our autobiographies and boil them down to 5 minutes. Loudon Wainwright III makes it look so easy in this music video for his song "The Here & the Now." There's a poignancy here that is so bittersweet and a trajectory that is both unpredictable and undeniable.

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The Record
12:15 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

You Can't Always Get What You Want: On Music And Expectation

The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, was released on iTunes this week.
Nabil Elderkin Courtesy of the artist

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

Birthdays come but once a year, but for music lovers, what I like to call "that birthday feeling" is a semi-regular thing. I'm talking about the rush, tinged by anxiety, greeting the first download click on an album you've been longing to hear for months. It's a complicated wash of emotions, boosted by conflicting hopes and assumptions. You're about to get exactly what you've wanted; but what if it's not exactly what you want? And boy, that bike Mom promised to buy had better be cherry red.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:33 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Song Premiere: Malka Spigel, 'See It Sideways'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 13, 2012 10:56 am

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4:11 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Hot Chip In Concert

Hot Chip performing at Celebrate Brooklyn.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:13 pm

The huge popularity of EDM — electronic dance music — has led to a sea change in concerts lately, as huge crowds gather to watch brand-name DJs like Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Avicii. Nothing wrong with that, but it was great to be reminded last night at Celebrate Brooklyn that there are still bands playing dance music the old school way: with multiple human beings and instruments being played in real time.

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World Cafe
12:26 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Bear In Heaven On World Cafe

Bear in Heaven.
Shawn Brackbill

Bear in Heaven, the brainchild of Jon Philpot, spent the winter trimming down (from a quartet to a trio) and stocking up, releasing its third album I Love You, It's Cool this spring. To promote the record, Philpot posted it in its entirety on the band's website, but not before slowing the audio down 400,000 times. At its original tempo, Bear in Heaven's music is at once ambient and energized, resonating in synth-driven waves that swell and pulse through an electric sea.

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Favorite Sessions
12:17 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

KCRW Presents: Bahamas

Bahamas performs on KCRW.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:36 am

Bahamas' music has really grown on us at KCRW. The group is led by Afie Jurvanen, who previously played guitar with Feist and is such an aficionado of the instrument that he doesn't even have a bassist in his band. Instead, he's accompanied by a drummer and a pair of backup singers who reinvent his gorgeous pop songs in a live setting.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:29 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For July 10


Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:06 am

We continue our search this week for the top ten records everyone can love with a look back at last week's poll results.

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All Songs Considered
3:09 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Dinosaur Jr. Returns, Metal From Baroness, Son Lux And More

Clockwise from upper left: Dinosaur Jr., Victoria Bergsman of Taken By Trees, Baroness
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 7:57 am

On this week's All Songs Considered, listen to what happens when Robin takes a chance on an album based solely on its cover art, and when Bob brings on a surprise guest who makes our ears bleed.

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