Music

Newport Folk Festival
8:44 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Kingsley Flood, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 8:38 am

  • Kingsley Flood At Newport

The Boston band Kingsley Flood has spent the last few years polishing, refining and expanding its folk-rock sound, in the process incorporating horns, more strings and ever-brighter production. The sextet sounds more confident than ever on its new album, Battles, which continues to explore some of Kingsley Flood's favorite subject matter: the balance of hopes and dreams, expectations and the everyday.

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Favorite Sessions
1:19 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Dessa Performs 'The Man I Knew,' Live At The Fitzgerald Theater

Dessa at the Fitzgerald Theater in Minnesota.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 1:56 pm

On the evening of the area's biggest 2013 storm so far — thousands lost power across the Twin Cities metro area — Dessa took the stage to celebrate the release of her new record, Parts of Speech, in front of a sold-out Fitzgerald Theater.

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World Cafe
12:45 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

ELO's Jeff Lynne Describes His Work In The Studio

Jeff Lynne.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:52 pm

Jeff Lynne isn't quite at the forefront of '70s and '80s classic rock, but he was responsible for some formidable records with Electric Light Orchestra and Traveling Wilburys; later, he produced releases for Wilbury collaborators Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and George Harrison.

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Mountain Stage
12:21 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Garland Jeffreys On Mountain Stage

Garland Jeffreys performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Sat July 27, 2013 6:52 am

Garland Jeffreys makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Jeffreys began recording and making music in 1966 in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., where he still lives. He's honed his enigmatic rock sound for more than four decades now, often combining blues, reggae, R&B and soul into an amalgam that's sometimes difficult to categorize.

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Music
10:03 am
Thu July 25, 2013

New Orleans Suspects, Caught Live at the Maple Leaf, feature CD 7/26

It’s been said that the musicians of New Orleans are all members of one gigantic band that breaks up into smaller groups on a nightly basis. If this were really the case, The New Orleans Suspects would be in a class all their own. The group is comprised of musicians with experience and versatility that rival any other band the city has ever produced.

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All Songs Considered
2:14 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

New Music: Sebadoh, Moderat, Typhoon, The Civil Wars And More

Clockwise, from upper left: Sebadoh, Lucy Schwartz, Moderat and Kyle Morton of the band Typhoon
Courtesy of the artists

On this week's episode of All Songs Considered: Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer up huge premieres, including a preview of '90s lo-fi rock pioneer Sebadoh's first new album in 14 years. There's also new music from folk duo The Civil Wars, which finished its new album just before going on hiatus, and pianist singer Lucy Schwartz.

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Favorite Sessions
10:12 am
Tue July 23, 2013

KCRW Presents: Junip

Junip performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:00 pm

Junip relishes distortion, but with with tender melodies and soft tones set atop a bed of electronic production that teeters on chaotic. In songs like "Your Life, Your Call," you can sense the urgency in every note, even as singer José González keeps his delivery sounding hushed and sweet.

Watch Junip's entire Morning Becomes Eclectic session at KCRW.com.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:55 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Guards: Tiny Desk Concert

Guards performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:21 pm

Guards' music captures the pop sound of the late '50s and early '60s, but with more power and polish. It's hard not to hear a bit of Buddy Holly's melody and spirit — think 1958's "Rave On" — when you hear Guards play "Silver Lining," the first song in this Tiny Desk Concert.

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Music Interviews
2:59 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 3:58 pm

In the 1980's, few bands bridged the gap between hardcore punk and what would become alternative rock quite like Minnesota's Hüsker Dü.

The personalities in the trio, however, were not as harmonious, and their partnership dissolved before the decade's end. Guitarist Bob Mould went on to a successful recording career. Bassist Greg Norton dropped out of music and became a chef. And that leaves ... drummer Grant Hart.

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Favorite Sessions
2:37 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Radiation City: An Upbeat, Summery Song

Radiation City perform live at opbmusic.
opbmusic

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 3:17 pm

It would have been easy for Radiation City to make a retread of its 2011 debut, The Hands That Take You. Moody and hazy, yet easy to like, it was that record which introduced Radiation City to Portland and beyond, helping it score Willamette Week's "Best New Band" honor along the way.

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