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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Wed April 9, 2014

KEXP Presents: The War On Drugs

The War on Drugs performs live in the KEXP studios.
Renata Steiner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:16 pm

His band's new album is called Lost in the Dream, but The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel sounds like he's just woken up from one. While it's only the band's third record since forming nine years ago, Lost in the Dream is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors: Granduciel transforms his ambient, oft-meandering Americana into grander and more propulsive arrangements that are no less exploratory. Like private songs writ large, they reach their full intensity in the hands of his entire band.

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Mountain Stage
12:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mollie O'Brien And Rich Moore On Mountain Stage

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:39 pm

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with an appearance by singer Mollie O'Brien and guitarist Rich Moore.

Making her 18th appearance on the show, O'Brien is described by host Larry Groce as one of the most talented artists to appear on the show's stage. "Of the nearly 2,000 guests who have appeared on the show, O'Brien is perhaps the best singer we've ever had," he says.

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All Songs TV
12:03 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

First Watch: Sweet Apple, 'Boys In Her Fanclub'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:36 am

The Golden Age of Glitter is out now on Tee Pee Records. Sweet Apple features members of Dinosaur Jr. (J Mascis on drums), Cobra Verde and Witch.

All Songs Considered
10:32 am
Tue April 8, 2014

New Mix: Mirah, Fennesz, Brody Dalle, Chet Faker, More

Clockwise from upper left: Mirah, Brody Dalle, Fennesz, Chet Faker
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:20 am

This week, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton come bearing a bunch of song premieres, including a cut from singer-songwriter Mirah's first solo album in five years, Australian electronic artist Chet Faker and power punk rock singer Brody Dalle.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Viking's Choice: Swear To The Oath, Faithful Servant

The Oath.
Joe Dilworth Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 7:01 am

When you name your band after a Mercyful Fate song, you'd better damn well live up to it, especially when that song swears "henceforth to be a faithful servant of his most puissant arch-angel, The Prince Lucifer." Thankfully, The Oath sounds something like the two bad-ass women in Heart raised on a healthy dose of King Diamond. So embrace the darkness and listen to "Silk Road."

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World Cafe
3:37 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

World Cafe Next: Horse Thief

Horse Thief.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Listen To Two Songs By Horse Thief

Fear in Bliss. That's the name of the debut album from the psychedelic folk-rock band Horse Thief. Originally from Denton, Texas, the band moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. The academic woodshedding was extremely fruitful, and Horse Thief caught the attention of The Flaming Lips' management and a high-profile independent label.

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World Cafe
1:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Vintage Cafe: Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors.
Courtesy of the artist

Dirty Projectors, heard here during the band's debut appearance on World Cafe in 2009, is led by Dave Longstreth, a New Haven townie who went to Yale. He studied music and then dropped out to pursue his ideas with what became Dirty Projectors in 2003.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:03 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Both: Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform together as The Both at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:05 pm

Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's an album.

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Mountain Stage
11:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Todd Snider On Mountain Stage

Todd Snider.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:39 pm

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special appearance by singer-songwriter Todd Snider.

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All Songs Considered
11:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Question Of The Week: The Last Song You'll Ever Hear?

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:37 am

This week, we asked you to think about the end of your life. If you could pick it, what would you like the last song you ever hear to be? For me, it was easy. Pink Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky," from Dark Side of the Moon would send me off into the unknown with its perfect mix of sorrow, anguish, majestic awe and celestial wonder.

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