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Growing up in South Carolina, soul singer Sharon Jones knew from the first time she sang in her church's Christmas play that she would be a musician.

"I was, like, maybe 8, 9 years old ... and I got to sing 'Silent Night,'" she tells Fresh Air host Terry Gross. Jones remembers audience members taking note of her performance. "Right then and there," she says, "I knew that I was going to be a singer. God had blessed me with a gift."

First Watch: Slingshot Dakota, 'Paycheck'

Jul 28, 2016

KSUT will feature Bruce Hornsby and his long-running band, The Noisemakers' new CD Rehab Reunion this Friday. The  iconoclast pushes the envelope once again, putting his piano aside and writing and recording solely on the dulcimer throughout.  “Some may ask, ‘Why?’, ‘What in the world?’” Hornsby says of Rehab Reunion.

Agalloch taught metal not only how to wander but how to wonder. Over two decades, the Portland, Ore., band released five albums and several demos and EPs that didn't treat black metal, post-rock and neo-folk so much as distinct genres but as a sonic continuum. There was a pioneering spirit to Agalloch's music, uniquely American in how it found communion in nature and pride in its city and culture.

The term "coming of age" typically applies to a teenager's passage into adulthood; to the heady stretch of months and years when a child becomes something resembling a fully formed person, with all the growth and responsibility that entails. But there are inherent faults to the premise, starting with the fact that we never really stop coming of age, at least as long as we remain notionally open to our own evolution. We learn from our mistakes, or at least we hope to, and sometimes we backslide as our priorities, dreams and desires shift and settle.

First Watch: Flock Of Dimes, 'Semaphore'

Jul 27, 2016

With a look and sound that evoke flashy vintage arena rock, The Struts might seem a little campy. But Luke Spiller, the English band's 27-year-old frontman, says he and his bandmates are out to make rock fun again.

There was barely a cloud in the sky all weekend at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. But the uninterrupted stretch of three gloriously sunny days wasn't the only stroke of good fortune festivalgoers encountered. Each day at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., was filled with surprise guests and moments of serendipity.

To put a spin on the Albert Ayler album title, metal is a healing force of the universe. Its riffs, wails and screams bring not only catharsis, but also metallic salvation. This is a prevailing theme throughout Spirit Adrift's Chained To Oblivion, which was written and recorded by Nate Garrett, a musician who splits his time between Arizona (Gatecreeper, ex-Take Over And Destroy) and Arkansas.

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, we play new music from old favorites Wilco, JEFF The Brotherhood and Sleigh Bells. We also share songs from artists we've only just found out about: Bob introduces us to the young, Singapore-based Linying and our intern Sophie brings us Globelamp.

It's been about a month since Amjad Sabri's voice was silenced. He was shot dead in his home city of Karachi by two men on a motorcycle, and his millions of fans are still in shock and anger.

Peter Bjorn And John On World Cafe

Jul 25, 2016
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There was only one copy of Athens, GA: Inside/Out in town, or at least that's what Vision Video would have you believe. You had to stake a claim to the VHS tape at Vision Video's Broad Street location (now closed), or know somebody with a bootleg, and then know someone with a VHS player. Until it was released on DVD in 2003, to watch this documentary about the '80s Athens music scene was a hassle, but vital if you cared about the history and culture of a Southern town that ran on its own time, and somehow still does.

All Songs Considered, Alt.Latino and The Record have teamed up to put on a show as a part of the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors summer program — and, oh yeah, it's free.

A Syrian man whose asylum request had been denied by German officials used an explosives-laden backpack to kill himself and wound 12 other people near a concert in southern Germany. Police are still trying to unravel the motives for the 27-year-old's action.

From Berlin, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports:

WXPN in Philadelphia is hosting its own music festival this weekend, and you can watch many of the acts live on VuHaus, public radio's new music discovery platform.

Sunday's Webcast Schedule

  • Eliza Jones - 12 p.m. ET
  • Chicano Batman - 12:30 p.m. ET
  • The Marcus King Band - 1 p.m. ET
  • Diane Coffee - 1:40 p.m. ET
  • The Districts - 2:20 p.m. ET
  • Oliver John Rodgers - 3:15 p.m. ET
  • Mavis Staples - 3:55 p.m. ET
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Even though Violent Femmes played the Newport Folk Festival midway through a bright summer afternoon, the rock band's new song "I Could Be Anything" made the sunny field feel like a packed pub, where beer has made everyone friends, and revelers bellow out drinking songs with arms thrown across shoulders.

Youth, energy, angst and bravado — that's the stuff of punk music. But it turns out youth may be the least critical part of the equation.

For 38 years, Milo Aukerman and Bill Stevenson have been pounding out punk music as Descendents, along with their fellow bandmembers Karl Alvarez and Stephen Egerton. They started their band in high school, and now they're in their early fifties. Their new album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, gets its name from Aukerman's days working in the field of molecular biology.

WXPN in Philadelphia is hosting its own music festival this weekend, and you can watch many of the acts live on VuHaus, public radio's new music discovery platform.

Saturday's Webcast Schedule

  • Kississippi - 12 p.m. ET
  • Ben Arnold - 12:30 p.m. ET
  • Esme Patterson - 1:05 p.m. ET
  • The Revivalists - 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Darlingside - 2:35 p.m. ET
  • The Felice Brothers - 3:20 p.m. ET
  • The Record Company - 4:10 p.m. ET

John Doe of X was World Cafe's guest earlier this week, as he played live with a rock band that included original X drummer DJ Bonebrake. You can hear it again in the World Cafe archive. Doe also discussed the early days of the L.A. punk scene to which X belonged.

Jacky Terrasson On Piano Jazz

Jul 22, 2016

Pianist Jacky Terrasson was born in Berlin and raised in Paris. After moving to the U.S., he studied at Berklee College of Music and won the 1993 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He has toured internationally and collaborated with greats such as Ray Brown, Cassandra Wilson and Ry Cooder.

When he was first emerging to wider attention, Terrasson demonstrated his extraordinary talents in this 1995 Piano Jazz session, playing standards like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Oleo."

Originally broadcast Winter 1995.

Set List

Esmé Patterson On World Cafe

Jul 22, 2016

Originally from Colorado and part of the same singer-songwriter scene that gave us Nathaniel Rateliff, Esmé Patterson was initially part of the folk band Paper Bird with her sister. Patterson has increasingly let loose her inner rocker on each new solo album — particularly on her third record, released this past June, titled We Were Wild.

The brother-sister duo Wild Belle found inspiration for its latest recording in its native city of Chicago, in its adopted homes in Los Angeles and Jamaica, and most of all in its members' romantic entanglements. The pair's island pop is a refreshing treat — especially the title track from Dreamland.

Set List

  • "Dreamland"

Watch Wild Belle's full performance at KCRW.com.

WXPN in Philadelphia is hosting its own music festival this weekend, and you can watch many of the acts live on VuHaus, public radio's new music discovery platform.

Friday's Webcast Schedule

  • Rosemary Fiki - 4 p.m. ET
  • Queen Of Jeans - 4:35 p.m. ET
  • Billy Hector - 5:05 p.m. ET
  • White Denim - 5:45 p.m. ET
  • Father John Misty - 6:30 p.m. ET
  • The Suffers - 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle - 8:20 p.m. ET

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