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All Songs Considered Blog
11:41 am
Thu August 9, 2012

First Watch: Lord Huron, 'Time To Run'

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For the L.A. band Lord Huron, there's far more to music than merely playing sweetly summery, rhythmically inventive pop. There's also an air of mystery: a desire to tell stories, play with identities and craft visuals to complement its sounds. The bouncy "Time to Run" is a tremendously ingratiating song, but the band's video piles on new dimensions to make it that much richer.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:49 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Aug. 8

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Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 9:02 am

We started this series of polls, like so many of the things we write and think about, with a simple water cooler conversation. After learning that the entire NPR music team loved Paul Simon's Graceland, we began to wonder whether it's possible to make a top ten list of albums everyone can agree on.

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Favorite Sessions
11:41 am
Wed August 8, 2012

KCRW Presents: Delta Rae

KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:45 am

The North Carolina sextet Delta Rae first caught my attention with its swampy track "Bottom of the River." The group came to our studios with a setup unlike any other band we've hosted at KCRW: a metal trashcan, a large chain and many pairs of drumsticks. Four members of Delta Rae sing lead, while everyone in the band joins in to create a cacophony of bluesy, gospel-tinged pop music, complete with stomping feet.

All Songs Considered Blog
10:39 am
Wed August 8, 2012

First Watch: Wolf Larsen, 'If I Be Wrong'

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Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:14 pm

Wolf Larsen's life is a complicated mix of mysterious and nearly debilitating health issues and desire to dig deep in art for meaning and hope. Wolf Larsen is the stage name (and pen name) of the singer and writer Sarah Ramey. In 2008, Ramey served as the personal blogger for Obama's presidential campaign and is currently writing a book — The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness — due out in 2013 under her own name. Her new record as Wolf Larsen, Quiet at the Kitchen Door, is a bedroom recording, a project that began as a way to deal with her illness and solitude.

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World Cafe
9:18 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Lisa Marie Presley On World Cafe

Lisa Marie Presley.
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Being the only child of rock 'n' roll's king has kept Lisa Marie Presley under a long shadow, but she's found ways to make her music stand out that don't involve her lineage or occasionally stormy personal life.

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Field Recordings
9:13 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Now, Now At Graffiti Park

Now, Now performs for a Field Recording video at Graffiti Park in Austin, Texas, during SXSW in 2012
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:34 am

The "Graffiti Park" in Austin, Texas, is stunning from any angle: Essentially a giant public canvas, the staggered façade on Baylor Street is constantly refreshed with new eye-popping murals by aerosol artists. When the members of Now, Now met us there, they were good enough sports to haul their guitars and amplifiers all the way to the top.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:08 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Song Premiere: Enslaved, 'Thoughts Like Hammers'

Enslaved.
Christian Misje

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:16 pm

In its 21-year career, Enslaved has stayed ahead of the curve. While defenders of the orthodox black-metal sound have a field day hating modern-day mold-breakers like Wolves in the Throne Room and Deafheaven, Enslaved was tearing down Valhalla with Pink Floyd-ian psychedelia and '70s prog-rock back around 2000's Mardraum.

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Newport Folk Festival
12:49 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Sharon Van Etten, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:23 am

Nothing about the wounded confessionalism of Sharon Van Etten's early work even begins to portend rock stardom: All raw nerves and whispered coos, 2009's Because I Was in Love explores tiny, tentative moments with a sort of graceful vulnerability. Ever since, Van Etten has kept adding layers of sinew to her sound, to the point where she's become a bona fide blood-and-guts rock 'n' roll frontwoman.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:24 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

In 282 Songs, Blur Comes Into Focus

Blur, from left: Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Damon Albarn.
Steve Pyke

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:41 pm

Blur was never huge in the U.S. Even the British group's best-known song (the two-minute explosion "Song 2") failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. So the moment the group is having right now might be confusing for casual listeners. Blur has reunited in recent years to play live (it'll headline the closing ceremony of the Olympics this weekend) and release a few new songs (last month's "Under the Westway" is lovely). Last week, the band put out a career-spanning box set.

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All Songs Considered
10:54 am
Tue August 7, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening: Blur, Tame Impala, More

Blur (clockwise from upper left), Drop Electric, Miguel, Tame Impala
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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:45 am

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