Music

World Cafe
2:57 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

World Cafe Next: The Weather Station

The Weather Station.
Yuula Benivolski Courtesy of the artist

The Weather Station is the work of Tamara Lindeman, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter and actress in TV and film. Her third album, Loyalty, examines the many meanings behind its title; it was recorded in a decaying 19th-century mansion in France, where Lindeman played guitar, banjo, keys and vibes.

In this episode of World Cafe: Next, you can hear two songs from Loyalty — and download them as part of a podcast here.

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The Record
2:49 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Tiny Music Royalties Add Up, Unexpectedly

An image from a video made by photographer Aaron Mischel which featured the song "Happy" by the band Secrets in Stereo.
Aaron Mischel YouTube

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 7:14 am

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Death Cab For Cutie On World Cafe

Death Cab For Cutie.
Courtesy of the artist

The title of Death Cab For Cutie's new album, Kintsugi, refers to the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using precious metals — the idea being that broken items can be made more valuable than they ever were before. It's an apt metaphor for what's gone on in the band's recent history, and in the life of singer-songwriter Ben Gibbard.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:56 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Bellows: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

Bellows' debut album, Blue Breath, was among my Top 20 records of last year. What sets Bellows apart from thousands of other guitar-bass-drums bands out there is its heart. Oliver Kalb sings about things that matter to him in ways that matter to me. His sing-song, matter-of-fact phrasing and guitar melodies are memorable, and the harmonies are lovely, with the staying power to drift in my head for days on end.

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Favorite Sessions
9:27 am
Mon May 11, 2015

KEXP Presents: Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile performs live on KEXP.
Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 11:09 am

On the heels of her unamplified Pin Drop Tour, Northwest roots-rock singer Brandi Carlile has just released her fifth and and most rocking album. On The Firewatcher's Daughter, Carlile trades sheen for grit by recording deeply emotive songs in single takes. In this live studio performance at KEXP, she and her band blaze through the defiant barn-burner "Mainstream Kid."

SET LIST

  • "Mainstream Kid"
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Music News
3:23 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Prince Releases 'Baltimore'; Holds Concert In Troubled City

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 1:07 pm

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to South Africans: Stop Attacking Immigrants

Rajesh Jantilal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 3:58 pm

"United we stand, divided we shall fall."

Ladysmith Black Mambazo's latest song, with Malian singer Salif Keita, is a plea for peace in South Africa, which has been grappling with the fallout from deadly violence against immigrants from other parts of Africa.

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First Listen
9:08 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

First Listen: Holly Herndon, 'Platform'

Holly Herndon's new album, Platform, comes out May 19.
Bennet Perez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 9:48 am

Holly Herndon works in a post-human mode that's become customary in electronic music, yet remains abstract in realms beyond. Voices figure heavily in Platform, her follow-up to a breakthrough album in 2012, but they're spliced, diced, dissected — too processed, in any case, to suggest origins in a fleshy human being with dynamic feelings and moods.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

First Listen: Circuit Des Yeux, 'In Plain Speech'

Circuit des Yeux's new album, In Plain Search, comes out May 19.
Julia Dratel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 9:48 am

If we're always listening, we're always changing. Last year was a time of transformation for Circuit des Yeux's Haley Fohr, as she toured to support the self-released Overdue.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

First Listen: Jim O'Rourke, 'Simple Songs'

Jim O'Rourke's new album, Simple Songs, comes out May 19.
Kahimi Karie Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 9:49 am

Throughout a long and varied career, Jim O'Rourke has approached music the way a watchmaker might approach complications, the catch-all term for parts of a timepiece that go beyond simply telling the time.

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