Music

First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

First Listen: Parquet Courts, 'Sunbathing Animal'

Parquet Courts' new album, Sunbathing Animal, comes out June 3.
Ben Rayner Courtesy of the artist

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

It's common to spot blues influences in rock music, but they're still fairly new in the music of Brooklyn's Parquet Courts. The band's third album, Sunbathing Animal, functions as a modern retelling of rhythm and blues: It's reminiscent of when British bands of the '60s embraced the form with energy and passion, with pressure that looms and haunts, rhythms that activate, and a call for listeners to move.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Sun May 25, 2014

The Current Presents: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

The Current

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:55 pm

The former leader of Pavement, one of the most important bands of the 1990s, Stephen Malkmus has continued his enduring career with The Jicks. Malkmus and his more recent group have released six albums together, the most recent being Wig Out at Jagbags. He and The Jicks recently performed "Chartjunk" live in the studio at The Current in St. Paul, Minn.

Credits

Photo/Video: Nate Ryan; Audio: Michael DeMark

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World Cafe
2:49 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Natalie Merchant On World Cafe

Natalie Merchant.
Dan Winters Courtesy of the artist

Natalie Merchant became the creative center of the band 10,000 Maniacs when she was only 17, then made seven albums with the group before leaving to pursue a solo career in 1993. After taking a hiatus to raise her daughter, Merchant is back with a new self-titled album — her first solo material in 13 years. On this session of World Cafe, Merchant plays a set of new songs.

All Songs Considered
11:19 am
Fri May 23, 2014

The Good Listener: When's The Right Time To Delete Your Music?

Sometimes you just have to erase some files.
Olivia Merrion NPR

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the six-pack of Hanson-branded beer that cost $25 to ship is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on disposing of music in a digital age.

Tami Anderson writes via Facebook: "How long do you keep songs in your collection when you rarely/never seem to listen to them?"

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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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Music
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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Music
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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