Music

All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Mike Kinsella Of Owls

This week's guest Quizmaster, drummer Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan Of Arc, Owen, American Football)
Connor Feimster Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:35 am

This week's guest Quizmaster is Mike Kinsella, the drummer for the bands Owls, Joan Of Arc and Cap'n Jazz and a singer and guitarist in Owen and American Football. When I first took a stab at identifying the fills and intros he selected I was immediately reminded that sometimes this little game can turn me on to some pretty awesome music I hadn't heard before. Maybe that'll be true for you. Good luck, rock stars!

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Thu June 26, 2014

KCRW Presents: Dean Wareham

Dean Wareham live at KCRW's studio.
Libby Pierson KCRW

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:45 am

Dean Wareham is one of independent music's most consistent ambassadors, from his early days as a member of Galaxie 500 through Luna and on to his newly formed solo career. Sprinkle in forays into film composition, writing and even acting, and it's clear that the New Zealand native never lacks inspiration. Now, he's settled in Los Angeles, where we get to watch his new chapter unfold up close. Watch Dean Wareham perform "The Dancer Disappears" live on KCRW.

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World Cafe
3:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Strand Of Oaks On World Cafe

Strand Of Oaks.
Dusdin Condren Courtesy of the artist

"There's zero symbolism, and that's the scary thing," Timothy Showalter says. "Every single lyric is either a direct thought or a direct event. It's exactly my life."

The Philly musician who performs under the name Strand of Oaks is talking about his new album, HEAL, which in a way functions as a memoir. Fueled by a string of tragic personal incidents, from infidelity to a near-fatal auto accident, the album brings these events to life, from the teenage isolation of "Goshen 97" (a track featuring J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr.) to the bittersweet romance of "Plymouth."

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Music
8:03 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Cold Beat, 'UV'

The members of Cold Beat, in a new video for their song "UV."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:11 pm

San Francisco's frenetic rock group Cold Beat pummels the senses in this strobe-lit new video for the song "UV." Directed by frontwoman Hannah Lew, the candles, chains and band members flicker behind a throbbing, multi-colored strobe light as drummer Bianca Sparta, deadpan behind a pair of sunglasses, slingshots the band through a three-minute burst of post-punk fury.

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Music
7:01 am
Wed June 25, 2014

John Fullbright, Songs, feature CD, 6/27

This week's Feature CD, "Songs," is the sophomore effort by Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright. "Songs" is Fullbright's follow-up to his Grammy-nominated debut, "From The Ground Up." Many KSUT listeners saw him live in concert last Labor Day at the Four Corners Folk Festival. Hear the new CD in its entirety at noon this Friday. If you correctly answer our trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. Friday, you could win lunch at Zia Taqueria!

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All Songs TV
2:47 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Family Crest, 'The World'

The Family Crest performing, 'The World'
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 12:54 pm

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World Cafe
1:51 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Felice Brothers On World Cafe

The Felice Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:01 am

Today we'll hear a live set from The Felice Brothers, recorded on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. James Felice, who leads the band with his brother Ian, also talks with World Cafe's Michaela Majoun.

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All Songs Considered
11:24 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Discussion: The Year In Music (So Far), 2014

Top row: Nothing; Middle row, left to right: St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Sturgill Simpson; Bottom: Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:49 pm

On this week's show, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson to recount their favorite music from the first six months of 2014. They spin the ferocious punk energy of Perfect Pussy, the magnetic vocals of Broken Twin, absurdly catchy electro-pop from Sylvan Esso and much more.

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All Songs Considered
9:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Viking's Choice: Pallbearer, 'The Ghost I Used To Be'

Pallbearer.
Courtesy of the artist

Pallbearer's Sorrow and Extinction was one of 2012's most heartbreaking metal records — equal parts Black Sabbath and Candlemass in its stately sad-bastard doom. But those masterful twin-lead guitars, the funeral-paced riffs, and Brett Campbell's gripping voice sometimes got buried in the mix.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Conor Oberst: Tiny Desk Concert

Conor Oberst performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:23 am

Conor Oberst's new album has fast become my favorite of the Bright Eyes singer's solo projects, so having him come to NPR and perform a few of these songs at the Tiny Desk was especially exciting. The new music on Upside Down Mountain contains the sort of personal songwriting that got me loving him in the first place.

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