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Music Interviews
2:20 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ian McLagan's Song For A Muse

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan released his first studio album in five years, United States, on Tuesday.
Jim Chapin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:31 pm

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All Songs Considered
8:54 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Song Premiere: The Shins And Zach Braff Reunite

The soundtrack album art for the film "Wish I Was Here"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:51 pm

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All Songs Considered
3:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Sole Of A Band, June 19

Bob Boilen NPR

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Baggy pants make different music than skinny jeans. Cowboy hats sound different than fedoras. T-shirt-and-jeans bands make a different noise than suit-and-tie bands. You can often look at a band's clothing and have a pretty good idea what it'll sound like.

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Favorite Sessions
9:34 am
Thu June 19, 2014

KCRW Presents: Jungle

Jungle visited KCRW's studios.
KCRW

Jungle has been a bit of a mystery. Without any real press photos, only a few songs, and a video featuring just two men roller-skate dancing, it was difficult to determine who was making the music. But for the group's first visit to KCRW, we were able to lift the curtain on who was behind the groovy, soul-filled bass lines and disco-era harmonies that have captured our imaginations. Watch Jungle perform "Busy Earnin'" live on KCRW.

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All Songs Considered
12:38 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Song Premiere: alt-J, 'Hunger Of The Pine'

alt-J, from left: Thom Green, Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton.
Gabriel Green Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:21 pm

In 2012, alt-J made its debut with An Awesome Wave, and every one of those 13 songs would slay me. Now the band has returned with another shifting and intrepid sonic adventure, "Hunger of the Pine," which will appear on alt-J's second album, This Is All Yours, out on Sept. 22.

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Music
8:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Ray Lamontagne, Supernova, feature CD, 6/20

Ray Lamontagne is back with his fifth solo album, "Supernova," a critically-praised record produced by Dan Auerbach that's this week's Feature CD on KSUT Public Radio. Hear "Supernova" in its entirety at noon this Friday.  Ray's one of Sunday's headliners at this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

If you correctly answer our trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. you might win free lunch at Zia Taqueria!

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All Songs Considered
10:44 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Mix: Tom Petty, Lana Del Rey, Adult Jazz, More

Clockwise from top: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Adult Jazz, Lana Del Rey
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:11 am

On this week's All Songs Considered: Red-blooded rock-and-roll from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, a dramatic and cinematic turn for singer Lana Del Rey, the off-kilter, genre-bending sounds of Adult Jazz and more.

Co-host Robin Hilton, riding high on a wave of caffeine and nostalgia, kicks off the show with "American Dream Plan B," a straight-ahead guitar-rock cut from the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye.

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All Songs Considered
9:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Viking's Choice: Sweat To The Metallic Gloom, Ye Mortals

Mortals.
Samantha Marble Courtesy of the artist

As much as metal continues to expand outward, taking influences from within and outside its heavy foundations, adjective-happy genres like "blackened sludge-thrash" or "crusty stoner-doom" or what-have-you eventually inhabit their own mashed-together signifiers. It's where experimentation loses ground and has the potential to become streamlined. From Mortals' second album, Cursed to See the Future, "Epochryphal Gloom" dynamically digs into the gnarliest extremes of metal in eight minutes.

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Favorite Sessions
11:55 am
Mon June 16, 2014

KEXP Presents: Liars

Dave Lichterman KEXP

Liars' dark, atmospheric studio session cast a captivating spell over us. Wrapped in a colorful skein of yarn, inspired by the cover for its new album Mess, the long-running L.A. electro-punk band spun an intoxicating mix of dark dance-pop.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church'

Sinead O'Connor.
Donal Moloney Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:23 pm

Sinead O'Connor's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising.

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