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9:10 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

First Listen: Brown Bird, 'Axis Mundi'

Brown Bird's new album, Axis Mundi, comes out April 28.
Courtesy of the artist

When David Lamb, half of the Rhode Island-based duo Brown Bird, succumbed to an aggressive relapse of leukemia in April 2014 after a year-long battle with the disease, the music world lost one of the most exciting, intriguing and original voices this reviewer had heard in years. Not only that, we lost a truly kind-hearted man who was deeply loved by friends, family and legions of fans who approach cult-like passion for Brown Bird's genre-defying music. Dave's passing was a surprise and a blow to all of us who followed his struggle with the disease online.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

First Listen: Bill Fay, 'Who Is The Sender?'

Bill Fay's new album, Who Is The Sender?, comes out April 28.
Steve Gulilck Courtesy of the artist

Cult songwriter Bill Fay was never in a hurry to follow up his 1971 classic Time Of The Last Persecution, but he's been on a comparative tear since coming back with a decades-in-the-making album just two years ago. The title of that 2012 return, Life Is People, conveyed part of Fay's plain, uncomplicated humanist charm, and the new Who Is The Sender? signals his more questing cosmic aim.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

First Listen: Paul De Jong, 'IF'

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

First Listen: Braids, 'Deep In The Iris'

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

First Listen: Mew, '+-'

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

First Listen: Jackson Scott, 'Sunshine Redux'

Jackson Scott's new album, Sunshine Redux, comes out April 28.
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Jackson Scott is all of 22 — around the same age as those who initially carved out the paths of psychedelic music back in the late '60s. It's a good age to feel unbound by social mores, an expectation that can be stretched to the wild, mood-swinging environments Scott crafts on his second solo album, Sunshine Redux.

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Music
4:58 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Pokey LaFarge, Something in the Water, feature CD, 4/24

Pokey LaFarge has just released Something in the Water, his Rounder debut, and KSUT's feature CD of the week on April 24, at 12 noon. 

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Music
3:20 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

System Of A Down, Armenia's Favorite Sons, On Facing History

System of a Down is made up of four Los Angelenos of Armenian descent. This spring, they'll play their first-ever concert in their ethnic homeland.
Frank Maddocks Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 4:33 pm

Here's a quotation about prison overcrowding: "All research and successful drug policies show that treatment should be increased and law enforcement decreased, while abolishing mandatory minimum sentences." That's not from some stodgy think tank. That's metal.

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Music News
5:47 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Live At Guitar Center: A Lot Of Noise And A Little Fun

Noah Wall recorded Live at Guitar Center in Manhattan, but really, it could have been in any showroom.
Courtesy of Guitar Center

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 4:58 pm

Noah Wall is an experimental musician in New York, and his latest album is maybe his boldest experiment yet.

"I usually make sort of very meticulously crafted music, and I think that's important because this project is so different from that," Wall tells NPR's Rachel Martin.

The album, Live At Guitar Center, is a series of recordings of nameless musicians — both newbies and old-timers — at the music equipment store Guitar Center.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sun April 19, 2015

After A Change Of Heart, Marina Reclaims The Diamonds

Marina Diamandis.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

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