Music

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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World Cafe
2:02 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Siggtryggur Baldurson On World Cafe

Siggtryggur Baldurson.
John Vettese WXPN

As Sense of Place: Iceland continues on World Cafe, we have a thoughtful interview with Siggtryggur Baldurson; he's head of the Iceland Music Exchange (IMX), which is tasked with expanding the musical footprint of Iceland around the world. Baldurson is also the former drummer of the groundbreaking Icelandic band The Sugarcubes.

Here, he discusses various efforts to spread Icelandic music — including the Iceland Airwaves Festival, which draws visitors to the island every fall to experience more than 300 bands in Reykjavík's clubs.

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World Cafe
1:53 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Árstíðir On World Cafe

Árstíðir performs for a live audience at Reykjavik Public Radio station Rás 2.
John Vettese WXPN

On today's episode, we hear the first of the live sessions World Cafe recorded during its Sense of Place trip to Iceland in June. Árstíðir's performance was recorded in front of an audience of World Cafe Travel Adventurers at Reykjavik Public Radio station Rás 2.

With piano, two guitars, violin and vocals, Árstíðir re-created the richly delicate classical-folk sound that helped the band make it big on Icelandic radio and in mainland Europe. A new album is due out in September.

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All Songs Considered
9:59 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Mix: Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy, Sarah Jaffe, Sinkane, The Bug, More

Clockwise from upper left: Robert Plant, a young Jeff Tweedy, Sinkane, Sarah Jaffe, The Juan MacLean.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 9:48 am

On this week's All Songs Considered, Bob kicks off the show with The Juan MacLean's "A Place Called Space," an ecstatic dance-rock number from the group's upcoming album In A Dream. Seeking to find a subdued yin to Bob's euphoric yang, Robin premieres London producer The Bug's "Void," the opening track to his upcoming album Angels and Devils.

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Field Recordings
9:32 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Brody Dalle: Raging Into The Light

NPR

Throughout her career, punk icon Brody Dalle has embraced her aggressive side. Best known as the lead singer of The Distillers and Spinnerette, Dalle has a sandpaper- and velvet-tinged voice that speaks to rebellious young punks who are curious about the world yet vulnerable to its sharp edges. "I've never understood why there was such a fuss about aggressive women in music," Dalle says. "To me, aggression is a human instinct. ... I've felt provoked for most of my life, especially as a child. I guess I've carried those feelings into my songs."

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Favorite Sessions
8:54 am
Mon July 14, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Antlers

The Antlers performed live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 3:15 pm

The Brooklyn band The Antlers frequently finds inspiration in dark places: On 2009's Hospice, singer-guitarist Peter Silberman reflects on terminal illness and emotional abuse, while this year's Familiars turns the Buddhist notion of bardo, a state of being between incarnations, into the impetus for a dialog about multiple selves.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Citizens of Paris, headed by the National Guards, storm the Bastille prison in an event which has come to be seen as the start of the French Revolution, 14th July 1789.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

"The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the attention it's been getting is again a reminder of how difficult it is for many Americans to sing our national anthem.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

First Listen: Alvvays, 'Alvvays'

Alvvays' new album, Alvvays, comes out July 22.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 12:49 pm

Music is at its most potent when it expands, dissolves, changes and challenges borders. Separations of genre, geography, politics — none are a force more powerful than people getting together to make music in a room. That borderlessness is sewn into the fabric of the self-titled debut album by Alvvays, a Toronto band whose beach-pop seems to come straight from the California shore.

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