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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

John Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs

John Luther Adams' new album, The Wind in High Places, evokes austere landscapes and mysterious light.
Kris Serafin

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:47 am

The day composer John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his symphonic seascape Become Ocean, I tracked him down in Houghton, Mich., in the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Over a crackly phone line, Adams — who turns 62 Friday — said he never thought much about a career with a capital C.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Rubblebucket: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:03 am

Before Rubblebucket played its Tiny Desk Concert, its members asked if they could bring a confetti cannon. And, though I said no — dear coworkers, I really do care about you — the band still brought a fun mix of brass and brash to the Tiny Desk.

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Microphone Check
12:17 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

AraabMuzik: 'I Have So Much Music, It Doesn't Make Sense'

AraabMuzik at work.
Erez Avissar Courtesy of Distrolord

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All Songs Considered
11:15 am
Tue January 20, 2015

New Mix: Dan Deacon, THEESatisfaction, Jackson Scott, More

Clockwise from upper left: Dan Deacon, Tanya Tagaq, THEESatisfaction, Jackson Scott
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:15 am

This week on All Songs Considered: Our favorite electronic artist, Dan Deacon, is back with another playfully infectious dance party, one he recorded both in the studio and in bathrooms and greenrooms during his most recent tour. Also, NPR Music contributor Katie Presley joins us with a hypnotic groove from the Seattle-based duo THEESatisfaction and a slow-burning jam from New Orleans singer-songwriter Kristin Diable.

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All Songs Considered
10:49 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Viking's Choice: Liturgy, 'Quetzalcoatl'

Liturgy.
Erez Avissar Courtesy of the artist

Monotonic chants, 8-bit four-on-the-floor, MIDI strings... Get your keyboards at the ready, Metal Internet: It's "Quetzalcoatl" from Liturgy's third album, The Ark Work.

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Favorite Sessions
9:37 am
Tue January 20, 2015

opbmusic Presents: Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts' members perform live at Pickathon's Woods Stage.
Alicia J. Rose Courtesy of Pickathon

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Music News
12:03 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Sleater-Kinney's Deleted Scenes

Sleater-Kinney's new album, its first since 2005, is No Cities to Love. Left to right: drummer Janet Weiss, singer-guitarist Corin Tucker, singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein.
Brigitte Sire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:29 am

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Songs We Love
7:37 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Quarterbacks, 'Not In Luv'

Quarterbacks, the pride of New Paltz, New York.
David Grimaldi Courtesy of the artist

Pop music's great storytellers tend to be handy with the dissolve cut — using telling turns of phrase to signal that time has passed, things have changed and we're rejoining our characters somewhere new.

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All Songs Considered
4:03 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Stay With Me'

Bob Dylan's next album, Shadows In The Night, out on February 3, is a selection of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra.
William Claxton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 4:53 pm

Trying to predict a musical future is impossible. I have proof: Bob Dylan is recording songs Frank Sinatra made popular! No one saw this coming and nothing could prepare us for it. It's weird and kind of wonderful. Here's a man clearly in love with the Great American Songbook and despite his restricted vocal he's brave enough to tackle it.

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Music Interviews
1:32 am
Mon January 19, 2015

The Decemberists Return, Renewed And A Little Relaxed

The Decemberists' latest album is What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:37 am

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