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Music Interviews
3:05 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Rainbow In The Dark: Jenny Lewis On Staring Down Sadness

Jenny Lewis is set to release her latest album, The Voyager, on July 29.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:42 am

Once upon a time, Jenny Lewis was one of those child actors you might have seen on shows like Growing Pains and Mr. Belvedere. But then she started making music, and in the late '90s that started taking off. Once her band Rilo Kiley started scoring hits, it was hard to go back to sitcoms.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:03 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert

Marisa Anderson performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:56 am

Marisa Anderson knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now, and probably possesses an inkling of where it can go. She's studied the history and musical nuance of blues, country and folk music through and through, and ingests it all in a style that's as raw as it true. But mostly, Anderson just wants to kick up some dirt — which isn't easy here, given that the NPR Music offices are relatively clean. (Mind the towering stacks of CDs, though. They could topple over at any time.)

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World Cafe
2:04 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mammut On World Cafe

Mammút.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 1:44 pm

World Cafe's week-long series Sense of Place: Iceland draws to a close with an unexpected treat. We'd been in Reykjavik for a few days when we learned that June 17 would mark a daylong celebration of Icelandic National Day, the anniversary of Iceland's independence from Denmark in 1944. Events planned for the holiday ranged from outdoor chess matches to accordion concerts, culminating in a free outdoor show for an audience expected to hit 10,000.

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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Viking's Choice: Sleep, 'The Clarity'

Artwork for Sleep's "The Clarity," the band's first new material in 20 years.
Courtesy of Adult Swim

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:58 am

It's been 20 years since the stoner-metal caravan Sleep wrote Dopesmoker, a 63-minute track based on a single riff and dedicated to the mighty spliff. Unfortunately, it took three labels and a span of 16 years to release it as intended.

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World Cafe
7:13 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Of Monsters and Men On World Cafe

Of Monsters and Men.
John Vettese Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 9:59 am

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All Songs Considered
6:53 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, For July 18

This week's puzzler for careful listeners has a little something for everyone, from jazz and classic rock, to punk and thrashing metal. It also features several fills listeners suggested from previous puzzlers. So, as always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, heroes!

World Cafe
1:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Five Essential Icelandic Albums From World Cafe

12 Tónar Records.
John Vettese WXPN

On World Cafe's Sense of Place: Iceland trip, we felt inspired during our visit to Reykjavik's famed 12 Tónar Records. It's a homey, welcoming place where the shelves are filled with Icelandic CDs and vinyl.

Behind the counter, fielding all questions, was Einar Þór Kristjánsson, who has worked at 12 Tónar since it opened 15 years ago. We asked him to make a list of some of his favorite Icelandic music; he obliged, giving us the history of the unique store and picking five bands. (Some you may know well, others not so much.)

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World Cafe
1:39 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Sin Fang On World Cafe

Sin Fang at Iceland's Rás 2 studios.
John Vettese WXPN

Our Sense of Place: Iceland guest today is Sindri Már Sigfússon, who performs under the name Sin Fang for his solo work. He also leads the folk-pop group Seabear; in fact, the first Seabear recordings were released in conjunction with another ursine band, an early version of the American band Grizzly Bear. Sigfússon released his third solo album, Flowers, last year.

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Music
6:45 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Phish, Fuego, feature CD, 7/18

This week's feature CD is the latest studio album from Phish, "Fuego" - a fun, spirited, rocking record. Hear the album in its entirety at noon Friday and, if you correctly answer our trivia question at around 12:30, you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria.

World Cafe
1:24 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Bjork On World Cafe

Björk.
Jean-Baptiste Mondino Courtesy of the artist

As part of World Cafe's week-long Sense of Place series, we resurface this 2000 interview with Björk, recorded in conjunction with the release of Selmasongs. At the time, the singer had just starred in the Lars von Trier film Dancer in The Dark, in which she played the character of Selma. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, where Björk also won the award for Best Actress.

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