Music

All Songs Considered
5:33 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Song Premiere: Geronimo!, 'Fires Of Hell'

Chicago punk band Geronimo! is breaking up on a high note.
Courtesy of the artist

What you're about to hear is the final song of a band's career. Chicago indie-rock act Geronimo!

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First Listen
9:12 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Ryley Walker, 'Primrose Green'

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First Listen
9:12 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: The Soft Moon, 'Deeper'

The Soft Moon's new album, Deeper, comes out March 31.
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Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:27 pm

Every song on Deeper, the stunning new album from The Soft Moon, bears a one-word title. The synth-based project, which revolves around singer-songwriter Luis Vasquez, has always struck a minimal tone. But on Deeper, Vasquez has distilled The Soft Moon's sound into something even more severe.

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First Listen
9:10 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Lower Dens, 'Escape From Evil'

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First Listen
9:10 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Missy Mazzoli, 'Vespers For A New Dark Age'

Missy Mazzoli's new album, Vespers for a New Dark Age, comes out March 31.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 9:30 pm

Can robots think and feel? Could there be a day when computers control our lives?

Watch the Spike Jonze movie Her, in which Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with an operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), and you get the sense days like these might be just around the corner.

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First Listen
9:07 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'

Sufjan Steven's new album, Carrie & Lowell, comes out March 31.
Emmanuel Afolabi Courtesy of the artist

Sufjan Stevens' career has covered vast swaths of thematic ground: To say nothing of his ballet score, his electronic concept record about the Chinese zodiac or his album-length instrumental tribute to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, 2005's Illinois and 2003's Michigan synthesized lessons in state history and geography with finely detailed, tenderly emotional treatises on love, faith, grace, alienation, want and death.

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First Listen
9:06 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

First Listen: Death Cab For Cutie, 'Kintsugi'

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SXSW Music Festival
3:37 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

From Kate Tempest To Torres, Female Artists Shone At SXSW

The crowd was all smiles during NPR Music's showcase at this year's South By Southwest music festival. We can't send you back in time to hear the shows, but you can listen to some of Bob Boilen's favorite performers from the festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 6:16 pm

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Music
6:02 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Twin Shadow Meets His Muse At The Cemetery Gates

Twin Shadow's new album is called Eclipse.
Milan Zrnic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:19 am

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Music Articles
4:22 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Deep In The Heart Of Texas, Muslim Music Blossoms

Riyaaz Qawwali performed at New York's globalFEST music festival in January.
Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 7:19 am

The eyes of the pop music world are on Austin, Texas this week. Thousands of bands and fans have descended upon the city for the South by Southwest music festival. Austin is also home to its own music scene year-round — and one of its more unusual groups is tapping into a sound that has nothing to do with indie rock or hip-hop. They're called Riyaaz Qawwali.

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