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11:42 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's first album together, Love Has Come for You, comes out April 23.
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Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:51 am

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11:40 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'Sing To The Moon'

Laura Mvula's debut album, Sing to the Moon, comes out April 16.
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Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 11:05 pm

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7:26 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Nick Drake's Producer Remembers 'A Real Musician's Musician'

The cover photo from Nick Drake's 1969 debut, Five Leaves Left, produced by Joe Boyd.
Album cover

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 11:33 pm

English folk musician Nick Drake died decades before the song "Pink Moon" found him a wide audience, thanks to a series of Volkswagen ads back in 1999. They sparked a resurgence of interest in Drake's work — music largely ignored in his day but now inspiring legions of young musicians.

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10:42 am
Mon April 8, 2013

First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror'

The Flaming Lips' new album, The Terror, comes out April 16.
George Salisbury Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 12:51 pm

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10:41 am
Mon April 8, 2013

First Listen: Shuggie Otis, 'Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love'

Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information/Wings of Love comes out April 16.
Adam Farber Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 11:02 pm

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10:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

First Listen: Iron And Wine, 'Ghost On Ghost'

Iron and Wine's new album, Ghost on Ghost, comes out April 16.
Craig Kief Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 10:59 pm

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9:18 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Rolling Stones To Return To Hyde Park After 44 Years

Standing before a crowd 250,000 strong, Mick Jagger opened The Rolling Stones' 1969 concert at London's Hyde Park by reading a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem in tribute to late guitarist Brian Jones.
Chris Walter WireImage

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 9:05 am

This July, The Rolling Stones will play London's Hyde Park for the first time in 44 years. The band's last concert there — July 5, 1969 — turned out to be a defining moment in musical history, which those who were there will never forget. Mick Jagger hasn't.

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5:31 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.
Rocio Rodriguez Salceda Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:37 pm

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5:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.
Robert Tlapu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 12:33 pm

It's Thursday night in downtown Johannesburg and some 500 people are packed into Bassline, a warehouse-like club in a hipster-friendly neighborhood. They're here for South Africa's longest-running sound system, or crew of reggae DJs. But tonight they get something extra: a young woman sporting dreadlocks and an army cap gets on the mic to freestyle.

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8:57 am
Mon April 1, 2013

First Listen: Kurt Vile, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, comes out April 9.
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Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:52 pm

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There's something about Kurt Vile's voice that transcends whatever comes out of his mouth. He's not classically trained (not even close), and has no traditional range to speak of, but the laid-back Philadelphia guitarist is transfixing all the same. His mumbled words resonate with dogged determination. It's one of the reasons Vile has become something of a patron saint for the Great Recession's legions of accidental bohemians, who work hard while hardly working.

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8:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

First Listen: Villagers, '{Awayland}'

Villagers' new album, {Awayland}, comes out April 9.
Rich Gilligan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 12:52 pm

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12:31 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Fresh Flavor For Your Ears: 7 New Latin Songs

Fado singer Ana Moura stole our heart this week.
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Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:01 am

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9:28 am
Tue March 26, 2013

First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'

Bombino's new album, Nomad, comes out April 2.
Ron Wyman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 10:39 pm

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9:27 am
Tue March 26, 2013

First Listen: Telekinesis, 'Dormarion'

Telekinesis' new album, Dormarion, comes out April 2.
Kyle Johnson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 8:00 am

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9:23 am
Tue March 26, 2013

First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver'

The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver comes out April 2.
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Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 7:57 am

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5:30 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Bebo Valdés, Giant Of Cuban Music, Is Dead

Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:04 pm

One of the giants of Cuban music, pianist and composer/arranger Bebo Valdés, died Friday in Sweden due to complications from pneumonia, according to his wife and manager. He was 94.

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4:55 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Electronic Edition: James Blake And Brian Eno, DJ Koze, Bonobo, More

Clockwise from upper left: Joker, Bonobo, James Blake, DJ Koze, Julio Bashmore
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Originally published on Thu March 21, 2013 9:21 am

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4:50 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room, We Have To Float In Like Goddesses'

Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 5:49 pm

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4:25 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Toro Y Moi On World Cafe

Toro Y Moi.
Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artist

Performing and recording under the name Toro Y Moi, Chaz Bundick draws on elements of soul, jazz, Latin disco, funk and modern pop. With Toro Y Moi's 2010 debut, Causers of This, Bundick became a pioneer of what's often called chillwave.

His new album, Anything in Return, is a set of electro-pop songs enhanced by his smooth vocals. In this installment of World Café, Toro Y Moi plays a few songs from the album and talks about the inspiration behind his lyrics.

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1:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Duane Allman: Guitar Playing That 'Gets Inside Of You'

Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band lived to play music. A new box set, Skydog, collects the legendary body of work he produced before his death in 1971.
John Gellman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 9:44 am

The Allman Brothers Band produced the sound at the heart of Southern rock. At Fillmore East, the live double album that launched Duane and Gregg Allman into the rock stratosphere, was recorded 42 years ago this month. But on Oct. 29, 1971, just days after the record was certified gold, 24-year-old Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident.

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