Songs We Love
8:49 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie, 'It's My Way'

Matt Barnes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:22 am

Sometimes the simplest declarations echo most forcefully through time. Repeated, growing and shifting to fit different contexts, phrases like I am somebody or give peace a chance or fight the power define and support the core experience of being human. So much can be communicated in just three or four words: self-respect; the connection between individual freedom and communal well-being; the determination to survive even in hard times; undying hope.

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Favorite Sessions
7:58 am
Tue March 17, 2015

opbmusic Presents: Diarrhea Planet

Diarrhea Planet performs at Pickathon 2014.
Todd Cooper Pickathon

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All Songs Considered
5:22 am
Tue March 17, 2015

SXSW 2015 Music Preview

Top row, left to right: Soak, Little Simz, Andy Shauf; Bottom row, left to right: Bully, Dale Watson, Kero Kero Bonito
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:24 am

If you love music as much as we do (we really love music), there's a good chance that this is one of your favorite weeks of the year. This is when the massive South by Southwest music festival and conference bubbles up and spills over into the streets of Austin, Texas. For five days, live music pours out of every alley, doorway, club, restaurant and street corner. Whether it's sensory overload or total nirvana, March 17-21 is all about discovering some new band or sound that sets your ears on end.

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The Record
1:18 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

Aaron Watson on stage during the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Fanfest in Las Vegas in 2014.
Mindy Small Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 10:53 am

There's only one word to describe Aaron Watson's music: country. Watson, from Abilene, Texas, sings about rodeos, fence posts and family with a twang in his voice that would sound like a huge moneymaker if you're the kind of fan who stopped listening to country in the early 1990s, when George Strait and Garth Brooks were selling millions of albums and scoring hits on country radio.

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SXSW Music Festival
1:17 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

At SXSW 2014, pop star Lady Gaga performed on a stage made to look like a five-story-tall Doritos vending machine, which won't be returning this week.
Kevin Mazur WireImage/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:01 am

South by Southwest is in its 28th year, with its music festival starting Wednesday and featuring more than 2,200 bands from 62 countries.

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4:33 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

In South Africa, Soulful Music Delivers Serious Messages

The newest album by The Muffinz, Do What You Love, tackles heavy issues such as politics, race and education.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 5:21 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Punch Brothers: Tiny Desk Concert

Carlos Waters NPR

Spoiler alert: The Punch Brothers came to the Tiny Desk on Chris Thile's birthday. We made him a cake and gave him an NPR surprise! This wasn't the first time the brilliant mandolinist had brought a project to my desk, it was his fourth. The last time was with his longtime band Nickel Creek — and his new braces.

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Favorite Sessions
10:47 am
Mon March 16, 2015

KEXP Presents: Tweedy

Tweedy performs live on KEXP.
Matthew B. Thompson KEXP

It has the makings of an indie movie plot: While a hip musician dad's wife undergoes cancer therapy, he records an album with his son. The real story is a bit more complicated, but that's essentially the tale of Tweedy, the latest project of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer.

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World Cafe
10:14 am
Mon March 16, 2015

World Cafe Next: The Bright Light Social Hour

Bright Light Social Hour
Pooneh Ghana Courtesy of the artist

Meet The Bright Light Social Hour, an Austin, Texas band that's just released its second album, Space Is Still the Place. The album is a thoughtful examination of what they call the "Future South," informed by a three-year stint of touring following the 2010 release of their self-titled debut.

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9:12 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Mark Knopfler, Tracker, feature CD, 3/20

Mark Knopfler has just released his eighth studio album, ‘Tracker’, featuring 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including British author Beryl Bainbridge and poet Basil Bunting. The songs contain Mark’s usual wryly, but accurately observed vignettes of real life wrapped up in a musical accompaniment of distinctive subtlety.