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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Stars: 'Wishful' Thinking In A Fizzy New Song

Stars will release a new 7" single, "Wishful"/"The Light," on Sept. 10.
Norman Wong

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:08 am

The Montreal pop band Stars wears many faces, literally and figuratively: Singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell swap lead vocals in songs that range from effervescent pop-rock to grandiose dance music to melancholy, string-enhanced dirges. With so much to choose from in the group's toolbox, a few gems are bound to get left off its records — a wrong Stars will help right with a new single next month.

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Favorite Sessions
11:52 am
Tue August 6, 2013

KCRW Presents: Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy during their performance on KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:55 am

The Glaswegian dance-rock champions in Franz Ferdinand took a brief hiatus, but they never missed a beat; in fact, they sound better than ever. Upon their return to Morning Becomes Eclectic, Franz Ferdinand's members seemed to be having a blast. In songs like "Love Illumination," you can hear the group's signature bass lines and crisp drum fills making it seem as if no time has passed at all.

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Music
10:01 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Lickety Split, feature CD 8/9

Robert Randolph & The Family Band recently kicked off their summer tour in support of the release of Lickety Split, their first new studio album in three years. 

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Newport Folk Festival
6:03 am
Tue August 6, 2013

The Mountain Goats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

Members of the Mountain Goats perform live at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:16 am

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle spent the 1990s recording his songs — just a voice, an acoustic guitar and bracingly articulate lyrics about catastrophe and survival — on low-fidelity equipment like boom boxes. It got to the point where the tape hiss felt like another instrument, but in the last decade, the Mountain Goats' music has become ever more polished.

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World Cafe
12:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Next: Rose Windows

Rose Windows.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:46 pm

Rose Windows' debut album, The Sun Dogs, is steeped in '60s classic rock, recalling the heavy organ sounds of The Doors and the folk-infused flutes of Traffic. Formed in 2010 by songwriter Chris Cheveyo, the Seattle septet signed a label deal earlier this year, then put together an album that's layered with Middle Eastern influences.

Hear two songs from The Sun Dogs, a mellow combination of psychedelic folk and blues-rock instrumentation.

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NPR Story
6:49 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

Jon Langford with Skull Orchard.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:54 pm

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Newport Folk Festival
2:45 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

The Lumineers, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2013

The Lumineers performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:46 am

The Lumineers may have on the pop scene out of nowhere — scoring a worldwide hit with the band's self-titled 2012 debut album and its multimillion-selling single "Ho Hey" — but the Denver group had tooled around in obscurity for quite a few years before its breakthrough. These days, though, it's one of the biggest folk-rock outfits in the business, joining a suspenders-clad Mount Rushmore with the likes of Mumford & Sons.

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The Record
2:22 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

When Stage Banter Goes Wrong

Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem (left) performing with Bruce Springsteen in London in 2009.
Andy Sheppard Redferns

Last weekend the Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon lashed out at his audience; an audience that had already been lashed by winds and rain during what was pretty terrific set in a spectacular new waterfront venue in lower Manhattan.

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World Cafe
9:14 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Big Country On World Cafe

Big Country.
Andy Labrow Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 3:03 pm

  • Listen To Big Country On World Cafe

When Big Country founder and lead singer Stuart Adamson died in 2001, most would have assumed that the Scottish band was finished. But in 2007, the group reunited for a 25th-anniversary tour with a new lead singer in its lineup. Though Adamson was a hard man to replace, Big Country found comfort in recording and playing with Mike Peters, formerly of The Alarm.

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All Songs Considered
7:43 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Viking's Choice: Kayo Dot Sums Up A Decade Of Sonic Transgression In 'Thief'

Kayo Dot.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 8:31 am

There's a lot to absorb in the 100 minutes that make up Hubardo, an ambitious concept album about a meteor that falls to earth and transforms a lonely poet.

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