Music

First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

First Listen: Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, 'Someday World'

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde's new album, Someday World, comes out May 6.
Perou Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:15 am

Ever since his days as a feather-boa-wrapped synth strangler in Roxy Music in the early 1970s, Brian Eno has — beyond his own solo career — been a sonic abettor and collaborator. After leaving Roxy, Eno conspired with Talking Heads to infuse the band's wiry punk with Fela Kuti's Afrobeat on 1980's Remain in Light.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

First Listen: Lykke Li, 'I Never Learn'

Lykke Li's new album, I Never Learn, comes out May 5.
Josh Olins

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:14 am

Lykke Li is a pop star looking to change the pop conversation. The Swedish singer's new third album, I Never Learn, forms the final installment in a conceptual trilogy — and it's extraordinary as both a collection of songs and a tactical re-wiring of her genre's circuit board.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

First Listen: Kishi Bashi, 'Lighght'

Kishi Bashi's new album, Lighght, comes out May 13.
Kaden Shallat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 11:50 am

K. Ishibashi opens his second solo album, Lighght, by taking a tone-setting 48-second violin solo. Titled "Début - Impromptu," it skids and squeaks with accelerating abandon until the notes distort and smash together chaotically; by the end, the instrument has become largely indistinguishable from the machines he so often uses to loop and manipulate it. It's equal parts introduction and mission statement for Lighght, in which technique and experimentation collide in high-spirited, even disorienting ways.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:42 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert

Quilt performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:00 am

It's right there in the band's name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that's thoughtful and playful. The opening song at this Tiny Desk Concert, "Arctic Shark," questions and enchants.

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Music Interviews
3:27 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Neon Trees, The Mormon Band Who Made It Big, On Honesty

Neon Trees' new album is called Pop Psychology.
Andrew Zaeh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 12:12 pm

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World Cafe
2:56 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Dan Wilson On World Cafe

Dan Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 8:30 am

Dan Wilson is originally from Minneapolis, where in the 1980s he formed the beloved band Trip Shakespeare with his brother Matt. That group evolved into Semisonic, which scored major hits in 1998 with "Closing Time" and "Secret Smile."

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Mountain Stage
2:48 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Wesley Stace On Mountain Stage

Wesley Stace.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:30 pm

Wesley Stace appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

With 17 albums released under the name John Wesley Harding, the British singer-songwriter and novelist is a veteran of both the music industry and the literary world. Influenced by Bob Dylan and John Prine, Stace's 1989 U.S. debut featured Elvis Costello's backing band The Attractions. Stace has gone on to record with The Decemberists, Peter Buck and Rosanne Cash, among others.

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Mountain Stage
2:16 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Elizabeth And The Catapult On Mountain Stage

Elizabeth and the Catapult.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:30 pm

Elizabeth and the Catapult perform on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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First Listen
6:04 am
Fri April 25, 2014

First Listen: tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack'

tUnE-yArDs' new album, Nikki Nack, comes out May 6.
Holly Andres Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:13 am

The creators of pop music are usually able to break down the fundamentals of their craft — that search for the clever rhyme, the killer beat, the singable chorus. They are less articulate, understandably, about the other quest, the one that powers those everyday searches: the pursuit of ecstasy in sound. There's something almost paranormal about that part of the creative process, yet we know those moments, instantly, when we hear them.

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Heavy Rotation
12:03 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 10:51 am

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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