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opbmusic Presents: Gregory Alan Isakov

Jul 21, 2015

Julien Baker started making her own music as a way to stay creative during the school year at Middle Tennessee State University. (MTSU is in Murfreesboro, and her band Forrister is Memphis-based.) It's this music-as-exercise mentality that lends her debut album Sprained Ankle the starkness and intimacy of a note to self.

Warning: Kate Tempest will connect you with your emotions and the cold, callous world around you. You may cry.

Warren Haynes On World Cafe

Jul 20, 2015

Warren Haynes is best known for playing lead guitar for Gov't Mule and being in the final lineup of The Allman Brothers Band, who recently put their career to bed with a last series of concerts at The Beacon Theater in New York. Meanwhile, Haynes has been making solo studio albums, each with a distinct style. His last one, 2011's Man in Motion, was his soul album.

Joking that they're "twice as good live" with the addition of a drummer and second guitarist, Brooklyn duo Tanlines returns to the KEXP studio to perform songs from their dreamy new album, Highlights, including the wonderfully warm summer escape, "Slipping Away."

SET LIST

  • "Slipping Away"

Watch Tanlines' full performance on KEXP's YouTube channel.

Shakespeare references, a cappella intermissions and sprawling 10-minute tracks aren't what first spring to mind when thinking about punk albums. That's because most punk albums aren't remotely like Titus Andronicus' The Most Lamentable Tragedy — unless you count a handful of ambitious, legendary predecessors such as The Clash's London Calling and Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade.

Myrkur's Amalie Bruun makes black metal that is at once savage and sylvan, capable of harrowing violence one moment and beauty the next. Last year's self-titled EP was full of unharnessed promise, but with members of Mayhem and producer Kristoffer "Garm" Rygg (whose mid-'90s work with Ulver no doubt informs Myrkur), the forthcoming M gives body to the Nordic folk song, choral arrangements and shoegaze that haunt Bruun's music.

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It begins with that cord - again and again. Then it builds.

(SOUNDBITE OF L'ANARCHISTE SONG, "SHAKER")

MARTIN: Layer after layer, a baseline emerges and ultimately, lyrics.

For 20 years, the New Orleans band Galactic has made people dance at clubs, festivals, house parties — you name it. "A first-rate funk band" is how The New York Times describes it.

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