Music

All Songs Considered
1:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Question Of The Week, SXSW Edition: What's Your Fake Band Name?

 

Every year Bob Boilen, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and I prepare for South by Southwest by listening to songs from roughly 1,500 artists. And when you go through that many bands you start to see trends in the names. The two most commonly occurring words are always — always — "black" and "DJ." In addition to those two, this year we noticed that "white" appears an awful lot, too, as does the name John. Michael, Paul and Jesse are also pretty popular. Go figure.

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World Cafe
12:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Shakey Graves On World Cafe

Shakey Graves.
Jarred Gastriech Courtesy of the artist

Our Sense of Place: Austin guest today, Shakey Graves, has been described as one of the best solo acts in town. With his finger-picked guitar and suitcase drum he takes over the stage. He put out his full length debut Roll the Bones in 2011 and an EP Donor Blues a year later. He has also spent time chasing acting parts, including one in Friday Night Lights. He even moved to LA to pursue roles, but ended up spending the time working on his music.

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World Cafe
10:03 am
Mon March 10, 2014

World Cafe Next: Orthy

Orthy.
Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 12:13 pm

Orthy is our World Cafe: Next band for our Sense of Place visit to Austin. We picked Orthy, whose two EPs touch on electronic dance music, to illustrate the breadth of the Austin music scene. The inspiration for Ian Orth, who is at the heart of this band, is his ongoing weekly dance party Learning Secrets. He established Learning Secrets to turn rock fans on to dance music and vice versa. The full Orthy plays live, sharing music from their latest EP, E.M.I.L.Y.

Music
9:13 am
Mon March 10, 2014

The Infamous Stringdusters, Let It Go, feature CD 3/14

Let It Go, the new album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters, will be released April 1 on the band’s own High Country Recordings. The new album is a milestone for the group - Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass) - that showcases their eight-year evolution from IBMA Award-winning bluegrass torchbearers to multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft and a flare for improvisation.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

First Listen: Perfect Pussy, 'Say Yes To Love'

Perfect Pussy's new album, Say Yes to Love, comes out March 18.
Drew Reynolds Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:55 am

When it's nearly impossible to understand what a band is saying, discerning the message means cues have to come from elsewhere. The Syracuse noise-punk group Perfect Pussy issues maybe five easily discernible lines over the course of its frenetic 23-minute debut album, Say Yes to Love, but the band doesn't lack for conversation-starters.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

First Listen: The War On Drugs, 'Lost In The Dream'

The War on Drugs' new album, Lost in the Dream, comes out March 18.
Dusdin Condren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:56 am

"Under the Pressure," the nine-minute song that kicks off Lost in the Dream, opens with a few seconds of hair-raising electronic ticking and closes with two and a half minutes of full-band, synchronized, undulating feedback. In between, The War on Drugs shows many of the cards in its stacked deck: chugging drums, horn stabs, guitar runs that fly off into the atmosphere, keyboards with a strong melodic gravitational field pulling weight for singer Adam Granduciel's wandering mystic tenor.

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All Songs Considered
11:06 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

St. Vincent at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 2:19 pm

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Music Interviews
5:53 am
Sat March 8, 2014

The Persistence Of Elbow

The men of Elbow, left to right: Richard Jupp, Mark Potter, Guy Garvey, Craig Potter, Pete Turner.
Tom Sheehan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 8, 2014 9:31 am

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World Cafe
2:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Benmont Tench On World Cafe

Benmont Tench.
Sam Jones Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:46 am

Benmont Tench, who plays those perfect piano lines and organ fills as a member of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, has just released a solo album. It's called You Should Be So Lucky and contains 10 originals that Tench has been saving up, sometimes for years and sometimes just for a few weeks, before finally recording them with Don Was.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Thu March 6, 2014

KCRW Presents: KINS

KINS performs live on KCRW.
Rob LaFond KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:26 pm

The members of KINS come from different parts of Australia and the U.K., but now call Brighton home. They each bring different influences to the table, and clearly relish the idea of crafting a unique sound that defies categorization, much like their fellow Brits in Alt-J. KINS' members strive to explore new sonic boundaries, and they succeed mightily in their song "Mockasin's."

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