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Dave And Phil Alvin On Mountain Stage

May 14, 2015

Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The principal members of influential California roots-rock band The Blasters, the Alvins forged a strong bond with American music at an early age.

Hop Along has more friends in the Philadelphia music scene than just about anybody; Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield even has a tattoo of the band's first album cover. Singer Frances Quinlan is an exciting, unorthodox performer whose phrasing in "Waitress," from Painted Shut, isn't intuitive. But that makes it all the more powerful.

KCRW Presents: ODESZA

May 14, 2015

Seattle producers Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight met during their senior year of college in the Pacific Northwest. Each had his own unique style — Mills with more of a dance mash-up approach and Knight with a hip-hop background — which they combined to form the intricate sounds of ODESZA. Together, they've developed a stunning live show that has made them mainstays on the festival circuit. For a small audience at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, Knight and Mills show the crowd why they're built for the long haul.

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Spoon, 'Inside Out'

May 13, 2015

Sleater-Kinney On World Cafe

May 13, 2015

Sleater-Kinney's triumphant 2015 began with the January release of No Cities To Love, the newly reunited band's first album since 2005's The Woods. On this episode of World Cafe, we'll hear excepts from a recent Sleater-Kinney concert in Paris and sit down with Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss to discuss their remarkable careers.

Toronto songwriter Hayden Desser, who performs and records under his first name, has a lengthy history of hard-hitting sad songs. He rose to (college radio) fame in the late 1990s along with Elliott Smith, Low and Red House Painters as part of a brooding style dubbed "sadcore."

Mumford & Sons recently returned to WFUV to perform songs from the band's new third album, Wilder Mind. A solid year working in studios on both sides of the Atlantic brought opportunities for experimentation and a more collaborative songwriting process.

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This is FRESH AIR. Fifty years ago today in a Washington nightclub, Chicago's Ramsey Lewis Trio recorded "The 'In' Crowd," the rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the audience was half the show.

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