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9:03 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Review: The Alchemist & Oh No, 'Welcome To Los Santos'

The Alchemist & Oh No's new album, Welcome To Los Santos, comes out April 21.
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Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:30 am

Welcome To Los Santos is a collection of new songs created by hip-hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No and inspired by the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V — Los Santos being the fictional setting of the gangster-fantasy adventure.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Review: San Fermin, 'Jackrabbit'

San Fermin's new album, Jackrabbit, comes out April 21.
Denny Renshaw Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:26 am

San Fermin's 2013 debut brims over with ideas: The brainchild of one guy, classically trained Brooklyn composer and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Ludwig-Leone, it's a nearly hourlong feast of gorgeous chamber-pop storytelling.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Review: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color'

The Alabama Shakes' new album, Sound & Color, comes out April 21.
Brantley Gutierrez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:27 am

In the six years I've lived in the region, I've developed a mantra: Southern freaks are the best freaks. For me, the word "freak" can be both positive and downright spiritual. It describes serious individualists who are tolerant of others whose own paths may diverge from their own; people whose ways of thinking connect to form an antidote to the deep conventionality that often surrounds them.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Review: Speedy Ortiz, 'Foil Deer'

Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, comes out April 21.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:28 am

In the dissonant opening seconds of Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, Sadie Dupuis lays out her mission statement concisely: "I've known you not so very long / but watch your back, because baby's so good with a blade." Throughout the record, the songwriter and guitarist repeatedly references that sort of vivid and violent imagery, as her forceful words match the band's scorching fury.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Review: Squarepusher, 'Damogen Furies'

Squarepusher's new album, Damogen Furies, comes out April 21.
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Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 9:30 am

Of all the fitful, fractious breakbeat expressionists who got their start in the U.K. in the late 1990s — see also: Aphex Twin, Autechre, μ-ziq — Squarepusher has proven the most wild and untamed. Unpredictability has always been integral to a genre that merges rave-minded electronic sounds with the strictures of so-called IDM (intelligent dance music), but Squarepusher is alone in his capacity to swerve between club bangers and, say, jazz-fusion suites or even an album made with nothing more than dexterous jams on solo electric bass.

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Music
9:43 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Balsam Range, Five, feature CD, 4/17

One of today's finest acoustic bands, Balsam Range, is headlining at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, April 17-19. To give you a preview, KSUT will feature their latest recording, 'Five' on Friday, April 17 at 12 noon. 

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Folk Alley Presents: Anna & Elizabeth

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle (a.k.a. Anna & Elizabeth) perform live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 8:32 am

Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle (a.k.a. Anna & Elizabeth) combine their love of storytelling, their beautiful voices and their interest in the visual arts to share Appalachian ballads and traditional music with a new generation of music lovers.

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History
5:25 am
Sun April 12, 2015

This Date In History: Wham! (Awkwardly) Opens Doors In China

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:18 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Thirty years ago this month, the duo known as Wham! became the first pop group to rock Beijing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO")

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sun April 12, 2015

'It Was Such A Knock On The Head': Laura Marling On Empathy

"It was the first time I was aware of how strange humanity has got," Laura Marling says of living in L.A., "and that we live in such close proximity to one another.
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Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 9:01 am

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Manatee Commune: A Solo Violist Hears Symphonies In Wires

Manatee Commune.
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Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 9:01 am

A man stands in a small room, his whole body moving to the electronic beat he's creating. It's a typical room with a bookshelf, a lamp and dark curtains on the walls. But after a few minutes, something unexpected happens — the walls are lifted away to reveal a breathtaking view from the top of a cliff.

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