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9:03 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Review: Liturgy, 'The Ark Work'

Liturgy's new album, The Ark Work, comes out March 24.
Erez Avissar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:33 pm

The Brooklyn band Liturgy turned heads with 2011's genre-defying Aesthethica, which dared extreme-metal listeners to rethink what defined metal and welcomed curious neophytes drawn to bold, adventurous new music. Rooted in the fast tremolo picking and soaring blast beats of black metal — but also tinkering with bizarrely catchy atonality and syncopation, building massive, Glenn Branca-esque squalls of noise and spectral melodies in the process — it had critics salivating and underground metal purists fuming.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Review: The Go! Team, 'The Scene Between'

The Go! Team's new album, The Scene Between, comes out March 24.
Bosie Vincent Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:28 pm

The Go! Team began as a bedroom project before blowing up on the strength of its 2004 debut, Thunder, Lightning, Strike. No surprise there; the group's mix of indie-pop, hip-hop energy, scratchy samples and stadium-worthy sing-alongs was bubbly enough to make the dead pick up pom-poms and cheer along. By the time its last album, 2011's Rolling Blackouts, came along, Go!

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Review: Laura Marling, 'Short Movie'

Laura Marling's new album, Short Movie, comes out March 24.
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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:29 pm

It's hard to believe Laura Marling is only 25 — not just because Short Movie is her fifth album, and not just because she's been singing with wise, almost impatiently weary authority since she was 16. What's especially striking is the way she's allowed her recordings and persona to evolve through so many decisively rendered, fully formed phases. Marling found her voice unusually early in life, but she's also never stopped refining it or discovering new ways to bare its teeth.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Review: Buena Vista Social Club, 'Lost And Found'

Buena Vista Social Club's new album, Lost And Found, comes out March 24.
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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:31 pm

It was nearly 20 years ago, back in 1997, that the Buena Vista Social Club became an improbable worldwide sensation: a group of mainly elderly (and some younger) Cuban musicians, performing traditional son music for an album produced by Ry Cooder.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Review: JEFF The Brotherhood, 'Wasted On The Dream'

JEFF The Brotherhood's new album, Wasted On The Dream, comes out March 24.
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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:30 pm

Squaring up with JEFF The Brotherhood at any time during its decade-long career has been mercifully simple: Come for the riffs, stay for the riffs. Not much more is asked of the listener; when you hit play, you enter into an agreement wherein they lay 'em down and you soak 'em up. Wasted On The Dream, the first new album from brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall (formerly of Be Your Own Pet) since 2012, holds all the earmarks of big radio rock.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:27 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Oboist Reclaims Mozart's Lost Contemporaries

Berlin Philharmonic Principal Oboist Albrecht Mayer introduces neglected composers from Mozart's time on the new album Lost and Found.
Harald Hoffmann Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 4:22 pm

Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean anything to you? It doesn't register even to most classical music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.

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Music
3:27 am
Sun March 15, 2015

What Glen Hansard Learned From His Friend Jason Molina

Glen Hansard's new tribute EP is called It Was Triumph We Once Proposed: Songs of Jason Molina.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

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Music
3:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Drummer Extraordinaire, Turns The Tables

Albert Heath
Michael Perez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:36 pm

Albert "Tootie" Heath is one of the most accomplished jazz drummers of the past 60 years. The 79-year-old has played with everyone from John Coltrane to Ethan Iverson, the piano player for The Bad Plus. Iverson and bassist Ben Street join Tootie Heath for his new album, Philadelphia Beat, named for the fertile jazz city of Heath's upbringing — where, as a young man starting out, he once piloted a group consisting only of the drums and two horns.

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Animals
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

From Bored To Blown Away: Feline Reactions To 'Music For Cats'

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Last week we invited you to bring your cat closer to your speakers, not to hear anything I had to say, but this...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SPOOKS DITTY")

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Music Reviews
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Ooze, Fog And Climate Change Threaten Mummies

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Northern Chile is home to some 7,000-year-old mummies, some of the oldest mummies in the world. But scientists say the mummies are in danger. NPR's Jasmine Garsd has this story about mummies, strange oozing substances and a mysterious fog.

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