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2:35 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Jukebox The Ghost In Concert

Jukebox the Ghost performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Melody Chiang WXPN

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 12:23 pm

"The Germans can't pronounce it," Jukebox the Ghost says of its name, which its members admit is "impossible to say." The trio came together while attending George Washington University in Washington, D.C., when the drummer and keyboardist responded to a flyer the guitarist had posted in the school's music department. The trio initially performed under the name The Sunday Mail, but after a few years decided that a new identity was in order.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:31 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Wye Oak Heads Down A Sinister Side Road In 'Spiral'

Wye Oak.
Natashe Tylea

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 11:30 am

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack combine to form a huge-sounding, full-blooded rock band, with the former blustering epically on guitar and the latter multitasking on drums and keyboards. Moody and portentous, the Baltimore duo's songs billow menacingly when they're not booming majestically, aided and shrouded by Wasner's enigmatic mumble.

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Monkey See
10:13 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Perfect Listen: Fiona Apple As A Lesson In Irrational Music Rituals

Recording artist Fiona Apple performs in February 2011.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

On June 19, a week and a half ago, Fiona Apple released a brand new album, her first in seven years. The entire album had been available for streaming by NPR Music for a week and a half by then. Three days later, my copy arrived in the mail. It hasn't left my desk since.

I still haven't listened to it.

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Field Recordings
9:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Reignwolf: A One-Man Rock Show

Reignwolf performs backstage at the Sasquatch Music Festival for an NPR Music Field Recording.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:42 am

The way he was tearing it up during an impromptu set at the Sasquatch Music Festival, you'd barely notice that Jordan Cook, a.k.a. Reignwolf, broke a string midway through his fiery rendition of "In the Dark" — that is, until you saw the mangled remnants of his guitar, smoldering on the ground after he'd wrenched every wailing chord from its guts.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:39 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Dad Builds A Recording Studio, Sons Make A (Lost) Classic

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 3:01 pm

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World Cafe
2:15 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

John Lydon On World Cafe

John Lydon (center right) of Public Image Ltd.
Courtesy of Paul Heartfield

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 10:09 am

Though John Lydon remains best known as Johnny Rotten, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, his music career didn't end with the pioneering punk act's split in 1978. Lydon formed Public Image Ltd shortly thereafter and dropped his adopted stage name. Widely considered the first post-punk band, PiL experiments with a wide palette of sounds, including dub, rock and disco.

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Favorite Sessions
1:35 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

JD McPherson: From Little Kids To Little Richard

JD McPherson performs in Portland for opbmusic.org.
opbmusic.org

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:47 pm

Call JD McPherson's style a throwback if you like, but don't mistake it for novelty. The former punk rocker and middle-school art teacher crafts a raw and energetic blend of jump blues, rockabilly and early rock 'n' roll on his debut album Signs & Signifiers, recording to 1/4 tape on analog equipment. Still, McPherson is as likely to cite The Smiths or Wu-Tang Clan as influences as he is Little Richard or Ruth Brown.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Second Stage: Vows, 'Winter's Grave'

Courtesy of the artist

Vows' debut album Winter's Grave arrived to NPR folded carefully in a worn piece of paper xeroxed with hand-drawn artwork. True to it's packaging, Winter's Grave is delicately hand-crafted rather then sloppily home-spun.

Vows is a dreamy, atmospheric band with pop sensibilities from a small town in New Jersey. The album's title track has a satisfying blend of enchanting and eerie sounds. It opens with a vibrant riff that rattles over synth keys but slips into dissonant, creepy organ sounds.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:01 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

'Big Easy Express': Three Bands, One Train, A Ton Of Music

Bryan Ling

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:25 am

Attention fans of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show: You are bound for glory! Big Easy Express is a new film featuring all three bands and their whistle-stop journey from Oakland to New Orleans aboard a vintage train.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:00 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For June 27

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Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 2:20 pm

We're a few weeks and a few polls into our summer search for the albums everyone can love, and so far the results have challenged some of our long-held assumptions. Most of you have never heard Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's soundtrack to the film Once (we thought it was wildly popular).

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