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Before the folk rock band The Lumineers released their newest album, Cleopatra, in April, they played a series of secret shows. Emphasis here on "secret."

"There was a large concern about the album being sort-of released via grainy video and leaked out online," said Wesley Schultz, the band's lead singer.

So the band decided to lock up people's phones — not take them away, exactly, but just lock them up for the show. Like a timeout.

KSUT will feature the new self-titled recording Colvin & Earle, from singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle, Friday, July 8 at noon. Fueled by a deep emotional connection and spiritual bond, Colvin & Earle captures the once-in-a-lifetime magic of two extraordinary artists so in tune that they seem to be able to read each other’s minds. Colvin & Earle have gone from sharing a stage to sharing one of the finest records in either of their storied careers.

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When Xenia Rubinos' father was suffering from Parkinson's disease, she flew to Florida every month to visit, pick up groceries, take him to appointments, and check in with his caregivers. It was an emotional time that inspired the song "Black Stars" from her album Black Terry Cat, in which she sings, "He's a million black stars / And he's gonna live a million years."

"It was very cryptic, and quite mysterious. I received a phone call and I was told that Kanye was an enormous fan of my work, and he would like to meet me."

That's how it started for painter Vincent Desiderio. The next day, he flew from New York to Los Angeles to meet Kanye West. When he arrived, he says, "It was as if I'd entered into a surprise party for me."

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Watch Caroline Smith Perform Live In The Studio

Jul 1, 2016

Marissa Nadler inhabits a macabre world full of slow-burning melancholy and laments painted in black and white. Hers is singer-songwriter folk music for a special kind of death-obsessed, romantic Goth.

The Head And The Heart recently stopped by KCRW to preview songs from its forthcoming album, Signs Of Light. The folk-rock collective has never sounded better. Its members worked on the song "All I Ever Knew" for years, and finally finished it in Nashville with the help of producer Jay Joyce. It's a great indication of what's to come from the new album, due out in September.

Set List

  • "All We Ever Knew"

For this most American of holidays, how do we define our music? What makes it uniquely American?

In 1929 George Gershwin wrote that it's "something deeply rooted in our soil." Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop said, "It's highly energized, rhythmic music derived from the blurring of lines between popular and serious styles."

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At first, I was drawn in by Adia Victoria's languid guitar sound: In her hands, it practically has a drawl of its own. Then I heard her stories — never trite, often personal, always potent — which you can hear in the words that open her Tiny Desk concert. "I don't know nothing 'bout Southern belles," she sings in "Stuck In The South," adding, "but I can tell you something 'bout Southern hell."

Hinds On World Cafe

Jun 30, 2016

The Spanish band Hinds has cut a giddy swath across the U.S., proving once and for all that rock music is supposed to be fun. The four women from Madrid play a deceptively loose brand of garage rock that's captured on their international debut, Leave Me Alone, released this past January. In this session, find out about how they keep it lighthearted on the road and hear a high-energy set. Check out "Garden" in the video below.

Sick of getting your view blocked at live shows by people holding up their phones? Apple was granted a patent yesterday for technology that can disable those cameras — at least in specific places.

Since the early 2000s, Orion Landau has been the in-house designer for Relapse Records, giving the metal label a distinct visual identity that spans album covers for the likes of High On Fire's Surrounded By Thieves, Rwake's Voices Of Omens, Jucifer's L'Autrichienne and practically

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The huggable power pop of Dogbreth's Second Home is the work of punks who write youthful, larger-than-life songs that still wrinkle at the edges. It's the second outing from a band — its members split between Phoenix and Seattle — that plays with doo-wop rhythms, jangly Britpop guitars and ramshackle Thin Lizzy twin-leads.

Coming in at just under two minutes, the snippy "Hoarder House" acts as a self-contained short story in just five lines.

I'm sorry babe

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