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8:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Ray Lamontagne, Supernova, feature CD, 6/20

Ray Lamontagne is back with his fifth solo album, "Supernova," a critically-praised record produced by Dan Auerbach that's this week's Feature CD on KSUT Public Radio. Hear "Supernova" in its entirety at noon this Friday.  Ray's one of Sunday's headliners at this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

If you correctly answer our trivia question at around 12:30 p.m. you might win free lunch at Zia Taqueria!

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All Songs Considered
10:44 am
Tue June 17, 2014

New Mix: Tom Petty, Lana Del Rey, Adult Jazz, More

Clockwise from top: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Adult Jazz, Lana Del Rey
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:11 am

On this week's All Songs Considered: Red-blooded rock-and-roll from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, a dramatic and cinematic turn for singer Lana Del Rey, the off-kilter, genre-bending sounds of Adult Jazz and more.

Co-host Robin Hilton, riding high on a wave of caffeine and nostalgia, kicks off the show with "American Dream Plan B," a straight-ahead guitar-rock cut from the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye.

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All Songs Considered
9:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Viking's Choice: Sweat To The Metallic Gloom, Ye Mortals

Mortals.
Samantha Marble Courtesy of the artist

As much as metal continues to expand outward, taking influences from within and outside its heavy foundations, adjective-happy genres like "blackened sludge-thrash" or "crusty stoner-doom" or what-have-you eventually inhabit their own mashed-together signifiers. It's where experimentation loses ground and has the potential to become streamlined. From Mortals' second album, Cursed to See the Future, "Epochryphal Gloom" dynamically digs into the gnarliest extremes of metal in eight minutes.

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Favorite Sessions
11:55 am
Mon June 16, 2014

KEXP Presents: Liars

Dave Lichterman KEXP

Liars' dark, atmospheric studio session cast a captivating spell over us. Wrapped in a colorful skein of yarn, inspired by the cover for its new album Mess, the long-running L.A. electro-punk band spun an intoxicating mix of dark dance-pop.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church'

Sinead O'Connor.
Donal Moloney Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:23 pm

Sinead O'Connor's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising.

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Music Interviews
1:48 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Antlers: Holding A Light To The Darkness Within

The Antlers (from left): Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner.
Marc Lemoine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 10:18 am

A few years ago, Peter Silberman was recovering from a breakup that has haunted him. He decided to write an entire album about it for his band, The Antlers, and he made a risky artistic choice: He used a patient dying of bone cancer as a metaphor for the girlfriend he was refusing to let go of.

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First Listen
9:25 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Phox, 'Phox'

Phox's self-titled debut comes out June 24.
Jade Ehlers Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:28 am

The word "charisma" is often used to imply a certain kind of attention-grabbing showiness, or even neediness. But it can also suggest subtle ease; a simple gravitational pull that draws people in by making them feel comfortable and at home.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Circulatory System, 'Mosaics Within Mosaics'

Circulatory System's new album, Mosaics Within Mosaics, comes out June 24.
Stacey-Marie Piotrowski Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:44 am

Pastiche and whimsy are, by definition, a technique, and a state of mind. But moreover, these two concepts have indelibly tipped the playing field of indie rock downhill into the fanciful dimension beneath that oil-stained rainbow in its parking lot.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

Phish's new album, Fuego, comes out June 24.
Peter Yang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:29 am

Whether you know its work or just its reputation, you've probably already made up your mind about Phish. Maybe you love the band and its music, maybe you can't stand them, or maybe you liked them and have since moved on to other things. Phish is one of the most dynamic and celebrated live acts in all of music, with a loyal community any artist would envy, but it's also divisive. This is a band that inspires passion with its multipart compositions, meandering improvisations, playful (often nonsensical) lyrics and unwavering positivity.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

Strand Of Oaks' new album, Heal, comes out June 24.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 8:32 am

Philadelphia's Timothy Showalter has never been one to shy from a complicated metaphor in conveying his pathos. Take "Daniel's Blues" off his 2010 album made as Strand of Oaks, Pope Killdragon, where he voices actor Dan Aykroyd after the death of John Belushi, exacting revenge on the drug dealer responsible for his friend's death with a shotgun and signing on for Ghostbusters. All of this gets told in Showalter's dark yet ethereal folk. Another album featured songs set in a post-apocalyptic world.

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