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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbgPiAGspB8 The music that Montreal singer-songwriter Tim Darcy makes with his band Ought wears its stresses as a medal of honor, the backbone of a certain internal tension indebted to post-punk and emo. That Darcy's debut solo album, Saturday Night , doesn't leave out that tension is almost a given; he's a young man with a lot to say. But the record, which was tracked over nights and weekends during the making of Ought's second album, Sun Coming Down , builds...

The bowed electric guitar droned as Thao & The Get Down Stay Down revved up a mighty sound. This set, recorded live this past August as part of the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors series in New York's Damrosch Park, was the fiercest set I've seen from this San Francisco group. Singer Thao Nguyen has been a bandleader for the past dozen years or so, and these three songs — from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's fourth studio album, A Man Alive — more than capture her quirkiness and angular power....

On the cover of Aaron Lee Tasjan 's new record Silver Tears , he almost looks the perfect picture of an Americana star. He's wearing a cowboy hat, he's got a brooding expression and he's walking thoughtfully under a cloudy sky. And then there's the Bonanza -meets-disco-ball suit. Bejeweled with hand-glued pieces of mirror, it's a fitting outfit for an artist whose avant-garde and often irreverent approach reflects Americana back at itself. Before he called Nashville home, Tasjan glitzed it up...

This week, all the songs I play ended up being about the ways people, particularly women, empower themselves in the face of difficult times. Singer Sam Phillips offers a feast of sound in less than two and a half minutes with "World On Sticks," a song about the indomitable human spirit. "It's amazing what a girl can do," she sings, "with half a heart." Laura Marling is also back with new music from an upcoming album she's calling Semper Femina . The first single, "Soothing," is about the...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CofMpBvcSzA Katie Melua has become one of the U.K.'s most popular young musicians, with six studio albums already to her name. She began her life in the ex-Soviet Union country of Georgia, on the coast of the Black Sea. "When the Soviet Union broke down, Georgia suffered a huge deal," she says. "Pretty much the whole of the 90's was known as 'the black decade ... because we had a lot of electricity blackouts." This meant that schools would close during the...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HRiL66misc When you see Mary Halvorson on stage, she doesn't look like much of a trailblazer. She plays sitting down. She's small, and mostly hidden behind her hollow-body guitar and glasses. But then she starts to play. And the sounds coming out of her amp are anything but conventional. "I do like things that are unexpected," Halvorson says. "I often don't like music that's predictable, so you know what's coming next. I like to throw in things that maybe are a...

Music Of Mali: Rokia Traore

Nov 27, 2016

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Last year, jazz bass player and composer Daniel Foose spent a month living in a dilapidated house on a former plantation in the Mississippi Delta. He wrote music for his new album there, "Of Water And Ghosts." He returned to his home in New York with a meditation on his family's history in the Delta and the legacy of slavery. Rick Karr reports. RICK KARR, BYLINE: Daniel Foose's album has its roots on a class trip...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bgemCaaQkU Andy Grammer's latest single, "Fresh Eyes," is a love song — but it grew in meaning when he filmed the music video on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Over the course of the video shoot, the pop singer and his team provided haircuts, clean clothes, meals and kindness to people seeking shelter at the Union Rescue Mission in L.A. "We probably spent, I don't know, eight to 10 hours down there, just to really get to know people and share some love with them,"...

Aretha Franklin performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings Thursday afternoon. And, as, the Queen of Soul usually does, she stole the show. Accompanying herself on piano, with an organist laying down gentle swells underneath, the Detroit native took her sweet (and how sweet!) time with the national anthem. Franklin stretched out for nearly five minutes, lingering passionately over each word. By contrast, when...

Before there was Dark Side Of The Moon — Pink Floyd 's magnum opus, which stayed on the charts for years and years and has come to define progressive rock — there were years of albums and experimentation for the band. That included ballets, film scores and even live accompaniment to the moon landing. All this material, which also includes outtakes, BBC recordings and more, has been gathered into a 27-disc box set of music and video called The Early Years 1965-1972 . Drummer Nick Mason , the...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C69E4ZufOg For the second year in a row, the annual All Things Considered Thanksgiving music chat is a multi-part conversation. Host Ari Shapiro welcomes four musicians, each of whom was named by one of his or her fellow guests as an artist to be thankful for. The chain begins with Shapiro's pick: British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula . Hear all four interviews at the audio link on this page, and read excerpts below. Laura Mvula On the song " Phenomenal...

The last few years have been a bit tumultuous for Scottish singer KT Tunstall . She relocated to Los Angeles and considered giving up music entirely — until her new surroundings prompted a wave of creativity that jolted her back. The result is her latest album, KIN , and one of her best songs yet, "It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am." SET LIST "It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am" Photo: Brian Lowe/KCRW. Watch KT Tunstall's full Morning Becomes Eclectic session at KCRW...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCw3-YTffo On Thanksgiving Day 40 years ago, some rock 'n' roll fans in California were treated to a musical feast. They were at an old ice-skating rink and music hall in San Francisco called the Winterland Ballroom, and a beloved band was saying goodbye. The name of this band? As simple as it gets: The Band . They called their 1976 farewell concert "The Last Waltz," and the star cast who wanted to share this moment with them included Eric Clapton , Neil Young ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeRHfqOyTKw Music historians, biographers and diehard fans have always had a keen interest in session reels, the unedited studio banter and outtakes from recording sessions. With the release of Freedom Jazz Dance, the fifth volume of Miles Davis ' The Bootleg Series , avid listeners will have access to over two hours of previously unreleased recordings — including dialogue from studio sessions. When I first got my hands on the Miles Davis Quintet's session reels...

The first song the artist Cat Stevens released back in 1966 was titled, "I Love My Dog." He'd be the first to admit that it's a strange title, and subject, for someone nicknamed Cat. Now, 50 years later Yusuf / Cat Stevens has done a unique remake of this song; a direct-to-acetate recording at Jack White's renowned Third Man Records Blue Room . The single will also include Cat Stevens second U.K. release and first real hit, "Matthew and Son." The session came about when Jack White was asked...

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Big Thief On World Cafe

Nov 23, 2016

Singer and guitarist Adrianne Lenker is the main songwriter in the Brooklyn band Big Thief . Originally from Minneapolis, she found a songwriting partner in Texas artist Buck Meek. After making two EPs together, they decided to form Big Thief and worked up the songs that have become the debut album Masterpiece , whose title is certainly a little tongue-in-cheek. The band, now a four-piece, recorded the album in upstate New York, bonding over meals as they worked long hours. Hear tales from...

OK Go 's latest (and astonishing) video, for the song "The One Moment," took only 4.2 seconds to film. But the whole thing — a series of rapid-fire explosions — was slowed down to fill the four-plus minutes it takes the band to sing the song. Remarkably, like OK Go's previous videos, the group manages to sync the whole thing using... I don't know, math? "You're right," frontman and director Damian Kulash sings, his image animated as bassist Tim Nordwind flips through a book. "There is nothing...

Bob Boilen and I, along with the rest of the NPR Music team, have been prepping for our year-end coverage by listening to hundreds of songs and albums in one big shared playlist. Along the way, we've all discovered stuff we hadn't heard before — and even fallen in love with some of it. On this week's show, Bob and I share some of the artists and albums we missed before now, from Caribbean roots music by Anthony Joseph to the Boston-based funk group Lettuce and the idiosyncratic pop of D.D...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb9J8zkY9O4 The latest video from Regina Spektor , for her song "Bleeding Heart," is an endearing, beautifully conceived ode to youth and the awkward stumble toward self-discovery and young adulthood. The video, directed by Spektor's husband, Jack Dishel, intercuts scenes of the singer dancing to the mantra, "Never mind your bleeding heart," with fuzzy photos and videos from her childhood. The oldest black-and-white images and films were taken by her father when...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfRxeD34unQ BADBADNOTGOOD knows its name is a little strange. The jazz group's bassist, Chester Hansen, says it invites jokes from nearly everyone the band meets. "It's probably the most punned name I have ever heard," he says. BADBADNOTGOOD also knows its songs sometimes sound more like hip-hop than jazz. But Matt Tavares, the group's keyboardist, says it makes sense for a band of young jazz players to interpret contemporary styles of music. "It's just fun,"...

A Queen Among Kings

Nov 21, 2016

The first time I ever saw Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform was circa 2002 at the Elbo Room, a tiny venue in San Francisco's Mission District. If you've ever been there, you know the Elbo Room doesn't need many bodies to pack the floor, and with the Dap-Kings crowding the diminutive stage, the full intensity of their act filled the space from practically the first note. I was already familiar with the group through its early records, but hadn't fully appreciated how much power Jones...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zH9wHWMi_k A Tribe Called Red is a group of three indigenous DJs from Canada: Bear Witness, 2oolman and DJ NDN. The trio has produced three full-length albums now, and its latest is called We Are the Halluci Nation . The group's signature "powwow-step" style, which mixes electronic dance music and traditional tribal music, has drawn a lot of attention. In 2014 it won a Juno, Canada's highest music honor, for Breakthrough Group of the Year, making it the first...

Music Moment: Lewis Del Mar

Nov 20, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Danny Miller and Max Harwood form the indie rock duo Lewis Del Mar. There's a song on their new album called "Puerto Cabezas, NI." Danny's parents met in that coastal town but never really talked about their life there, so Danny traveled to Puerto Cabezas last year to learn more about himself and his family. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUERTO CABEZAS, NI") LEWIS DEL MAR: (Singing) High my blood, heavy like hot rain....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOwVQvAIK-k Think about the classic Disney animated movies, and you may just start humming a song. Director Ron Clements says the pairing of music and film goes back to Disney's early animated films, projects like Steamboat Willie and Silly Symphonies . "Music and animations were just like peanut butter and jelly," he says, laughing. "Seemed like they go hand in hand." This Wednesday, Moana , co-directed by Clements and John Musker, joins that canon. In crafting...

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