Music

Mountain Stage
10:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Lily & Madeleine On Mountain Stage

Lily & Madeleine.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Sisters from Indianapolis, the pair transitioned from YouTube success to sold-out shows and a record contract while still in school.

The two recorded their first EP, The Weight Of The Globe, in between classes, and released their first full-length album in 2013. A follow-up, Fumes, came out in 2014. The sisters play guitar and piano here, backed by Shannon Hayden on cello and mandolin.

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Ask Me Another
9:02 am
Thu January 22, 2015

John Darnielle: Master Of Reality

"[Death metal] is a very passionate music. It's also really dark and gory--and I like that stuff." - John Darnielle, of the Mountain Goats.
DL Andersoni

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:06 am

John Darnielle is the core, and sometimes only, member of the band the Mountain Goats. Thought by many to be "America's best non-hip-hop lyricist," he crafts songs that read like stories, and sound like they were recorded in his basement on a rickety tape deck.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

KCRW Presents: The Budos Band

The Budos Band performs live on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Since 2005, Brooklyn's Budos Band has helped define and develop the modern Afro-soul sound for which Daptone Records is known. The group's previous albums have been heavily influenced by Ethiopian jazz. But on the new Burnt Offering, the 10-piece band has taken cues from '60s- and '70s-era psychedelia and hard rock. Songs like "The Sticks," performed live for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, showcase this new side.

Songs We Love
6:03 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Eyelids, 'Psych #1'

The Portland band Eyelids made one of opbmusic's favorite local albums of 2014.
Courtesy of the artist

It's hard to meet the lofty expectations created when successful musicians unite. But in Portland, Ore., one band is quietly bucking that trend.

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Around the Nation
2:48 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Virginia Searches For A New State Song

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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World Cafe
1:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Nude Beach On World Cafe

Nude Beach.
Chad Kamenshine Courtesy of the artist

Nude Beach, a punk trio from Brooklyn, is today's guest on World Cafe. The band recently released a double album called 77, and it's full of catchy power-pop tunes.

Formed in 2008 while its members were still in high school, the band includes guitarist and singer Chuck Betz, drummer and singer Ryan Naideau, and bassist Jim Shelton. Nude Beach made three albums together before releasing 77 in October. In this session, we'll learn what the title 77 signifies and hear some of its songs performed live.

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All Songs Considered
11:43 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Viking's Choice: Native Lights, 'Blue Star'

Native Lights.
Jeremy Charles Courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you don't know that you've missed something, like an old friend or a recipe tucked away in a cookbook, until it reappears just when it's needed. In August, I went to see Unwed Sailor's set in Washington, D.C., partly out of nostalgia. I came away not only fortified by the instrumental rock band's currency, but also reminded of primary songwriter Johnathon Ford's thoughtful, ardent bass playing; he also worked with the underrated Roadside Monument in the '90s. Without using words, Ford is a natural storyteller who doesn't force an emotional narrative.

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The Record
11:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Bjork's 'Vulnicura': An Inquiry Into Melodrama

Bjork.
Courtesy of Sacks and Co.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:35 pm

What the Icelandic art star Bjork has accomplished at the intersection of pop and the avant-garde cannot be summed up in one detail, but one thing to focus on is the way she sings the word "emotional." Climbing it like one of the cliffs she often evokes in her pastoral lyrics, she lets it open up like a vista on its central, circulatory "o." The word becomes a Valkyrie's cry, a statement of purpose both sacred and humanly thrilling.

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Music Interviews
9:54 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'We Can't Just Settle': Broad City Meets Sleater-Kinney

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

In a raucous and revealing panel discussion at New York City's Ace Hotel, the stars and creators of Comedy Central's Broad City interviewed all three members of the newly reunited rock band Sleater-Kinney Friday night.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

John Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs

John Luther Adams' new album, The Wind in High Places, evokes austere landscapes and mysterious light.
Kris Serafin

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:47 am

The day composer John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his symphonic seascape Become Ocean, I tracked him down in Houghton, Mich., in the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Over a crackly phone line, Adams — who turns 62 Friday — said he never thought much about a career with a capital C.

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