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World Cafe
10:58 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Shout Out Louds On World Cafe

Shout Out Louds.
Frode Marcus Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:32 pm

After working together for more than a decade, the members of Stockholm's Shout Out Louds continue to make lush, highly melodic pop music. The product of a year and a half of tinkering, their recent Optica is significantly lighter-sounding than its predecessors.

On this installment of World Cafe, hear the group discuss how it navigated new musical experiments on the album, and how all of its members finally came to agree on how Optica should sound.

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The Record
9:13 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Inside Listening: The Mountain Goats' Bassist On His Own Band's Albums

Peter Hughes (left) and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.
D.L. Anderson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 12:44 pm

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Newport Folk Festival
7:32 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Jim James, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Jim James has spent his career singing big, booming songs that echo into the sky. With My Morning Jacket, he specializes in letting his gigantic voice ring out past the rafters in songs that boom and blare. But on his first solo album under his own name, this year's Regions of Light and Sound of God, James turns inward and recasts himself as a lost wanderer in search of redemption, salvation and comfort.

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World Cafe
12:17 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Olms On World Cafe

The Olms.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:33 pm

  • Listen To The Olms On World Cafe

Pete Yorn has long had a way with hooky rock songs, so it was easy for him to connect with fellow L.A. musician J.D. King over a mutual love for '60s music. The two first started recording together just for fun, blending folk-rock and subtle psychedelia into a joint project they call The Olms.

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All Songs Considered
12:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The Good Listener: How Do You Break Into Music Journalism?

The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Sat August 10, 2013 7:12 am

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the heavily taped packages that can't be opened without the aid of a utility knife and a blowtorch is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: an array of tips for anyone hoping to launch and sustain a career in music journalism.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Viking's Choice: Stunning High Aura'd Video Reminds Us That Snails Are A Real Thing

A still from "Remain in Light."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 11:46 am

We forget to listen closer, look closer. As a big-picture kind of guy, I do that myself, and that means missing details that make day-to-day life more vivid. Listening to High Aura'd, it's apparent that creator John Kolodij hears life with great clarity. Last year's Sanguine Features was a personal favorite of mine: a dark and buzzing LP that, when turned up loud, felt like a dark hallway with treasures tucked away in the corners.

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All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Viking's Choice: Vattnet Viskar Blast Beats Into Oblivion In 'Mythos'

Vattnet Viskar.
Kenzy Dion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:34 am

Vattnet Viskar's self-titled 2012 EP blazed through atmospheric, doom-ridden black metal with authority; it had promise for a style that's been mined endlessly in recent years.

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Field Recordings
10:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Hanni El Khatib Gets Saved In The Desert

Hanni El Khatib at Joshua Tree National Park
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Hanni El Khatib and his band braved sharp desert succulents, chilly temperatures and an aggressive maraca for this performance of the appropriately titled "Save Me." The Los Angeles singer-songwriter, on a break from touring in support of his latest album In the Dirt, gamely stripped down his loud, bluesy garage-rock sound and let the stunning backdrop of Joshua Tree National Park provide the drama.

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World Cafe
9:38 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Telekinesis On World Cafe

Telekinesis.
Kyle Johnson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:34 pm

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When Telekinesis' Michael Benjamin Lerner plays live, he sings from behind his drum set, but he plays almost all the instruments on his albums. The power-pop multi-instrumentalist recorded his latest record, Dormarion, at Spoon drummer Jim Eno's house — fittingly located on Dormarion Lane.

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Heavy Rotation
7:53 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Houndmouth.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 11:07 am

  • WEXT's Ernesto Lechner On "Lluvia Con Sol" By Orquesta El Macabeo

You know the drill by now. Each month, NPR Music polls public-radio personalities and asks them to share their favorite new song with the world. You get to download the track. Here's this month's panel:

  • Ernesto Lechner, co-host of WEXT's syndicated show The Latin Alternative
  • David Dye, host of WXPN's syndicated show World Cafe in Philadelphia
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