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11:57 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

First Listen: Low, 'The Invisible Way'

Low's new album, The Invisible Way, comes out March 19.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 8:47 am

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In 20 years, Low's basic ingredients haven't changed much: Guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker swap and sometimes layer their vocals, with a third member joining the married couple on bass. The pace, for the most part, is kept deliberate, even glacial, with strategically deployed silence hanging between notes in order to enhance their power. Low songs don't often change tempo noticeably, instead achieving tension through variations in volume.

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11:54 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

When Punk Met Funk, Deep In The Heart Of Texas

Big Boys in West Texas on the way to California in 1982. Randy "Biscuit" Turner is at the left, Chris Gates at the right, and Tim Kerr at the back.
Bill Daniel Courtesy of Light in the Attic Records

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 2:18 pm

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Music
2:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Adrian Younge: Looking Back To Move Hip-Hop Forward

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:13 pm

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Music
7:37 am
Fri March 8, 2013

D'Angelo And Questlove Bare The Roots Of 'Voodoo'

D'Angelo and Questlove on Monday night at Brooklyn Bowl.
Courtesy of Okayplayer

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 3:58 pm

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World Cafe
4:06 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

Josh Ritter.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:47 pm

Idaho native and folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has been named one of the 100 Best Living Songwriters by Paste. Ritter's seventh album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was released last March. Inspired by the breakup of his marriage, the record offers a raw and personal account of heartbreak and recovery.

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Music
7:27 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

How One Band Turned A Ghost Town Into A Giant Recording Studio

Part of the abandoned mining apparatus in the town of Piramida.
Courtesy of Efterklang

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:02 pm

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First Listen
7:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: Devendra Banhart, 'Mala'

Devendra Banhart's new album, Mala, comes out March 12.
Ana Kras Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 10:08 am

For a guy who gets tagged with a lot of limiting descriptors — "freak folk," "hippie" and so forth — Devendra Banhart doesn't like to let his music sit in any spot for long. His catalog, which now includes seven official albums, has taken him through warmly intimate ballads, raw and unselfconsciously strange home recordings, songs in several languages (Banhart spent much of his childhood in Venezuela), a lot of smoothly strummy folk-pop and the occasional low-key anthem about free-spiritedness.

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Music
10:46 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Robyn Hitchcock: 'Rock 'N' Roll Is An Old Man's Game Now'

Robyn Hitchcock's latest album is called Love from London.
Michèle Noach Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 8:38 am

Robyn Hitchcock turns 60 this weekend. The British singer and guitarist has traveled a long way to this point, beginning in the 1970s as the frontman of proto-punk group The Soft Boys and continuing through a solo career that has produced hundreds of songs. He's even appeared in a few films: Jonathan Demme showcased the singer in Storefront Hitchcock and gave him a cameo as a Russian operative in the 2004 verison of The Manchurian Candidate.

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Music
10:27 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side,' 40 Years Later

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 11:04 am

It begins with a heartbeat. Released in 1973, The Dark Side of the Moon was Pink Floyd's eighth studio album. It would become one of the best-selling albums of all time, and its iconic cover image still hangs in college dormitories everywhere.

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Music
11:50 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Townes Van Zandt Tribute & Benefit For WCBE!

Townes Van Zandt Tribute

Please join us for The Eighth Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute & Benefit For WCBE

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First Listen
5:23 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

First Listen: Jimi Hendrix, 'People, Hell And Angels'

Jimi Hendrix's new album, People, Hell and Angels, comes out March 5.
Brian T. Colvil Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 7:55 am

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Music
2:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Emerges From Behind The Counter

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's debut album is titled Ripely Pine.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 3:31 pm

When Aly Spaltro began writing music, she was literally the girl next door. After recording 12 solo songs with her 8-track, she left a stack of free CDs on the counter of the local record store next to the DVD rental shop where she worked in Brunswick, Maine. Nervous about the public's reaction to her music, she chose to remain anonymous and only put her email address on the label.

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First Listen
4:34 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

First Listen: Youth Lagoon, 'Wondrous Bughouse'

Youth Lagoon's new album, Wondrous Bughouse, comes out March 5.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:31 pm

Youth Lagoon's second album, Wondrous Bughouse, is one of the most arresting headphone records you'll hear this year. Trevor Powers, the band's sole member, layers strange but alluring synth textures under quirky melodies and simple pop beats, in the process creating an expansive and endlessly engrossing world of sonic curiosities.

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First Listen
4:21 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

Josh Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, comes out March 5.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:41 am

As one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters around, Josh Ritter isn't one to write angry, over-the-top, knee-jerk breakup songs — even though his new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was written entirely in response to his own recent divorce. Gentility and empathy are wired into Ritter's songwriting, so his idea of a breakup anthem is the gorgeous and glorious "Joy to You Baby," in which he closes the book on a relationship by wishing everyone well, himself included.

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Music
11:14 am
Tue February 26, 2013

All Good Music Festival Lineup Announcement!

The annual music & camping event features over 40 bands with no overlapping sets, held July 18-21 at Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground!

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Music
6:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

McCartney, Mumford Top Eclectic Bonnaroo Lineup

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There will be a British invasion of the main stage at

  

this year.

Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons are among the headliners for the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.


The four-day festival, held on a rural 700-acre farm, always features an eclectic roster, but the June 13-16 event is even more varied than usual.

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Music
9:59 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

First Listen: Shout Out Louds, 'Optica'

Shout Out Louds' new album, Optica, comes out Feb. 26.
Frode & Marcus Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:11 pm

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Say what you will about some of the biggest songs of the 1980s — go ahead and badmouth electric pianos, and by all means bemoan the prevailing production quality — but the decade continues to cast a long shadow over popular music. Given its enduring popularity on dance floors and on radios, not to mention the rise of '80s-emulating singers like Gotye, you could do far worse than look to that decade for tips on connecting with audiences.

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Music
1:59 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.
Anthony Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 5:00 pm

As the European editor of Rolling Stone, Jonathan Cott spent his time interviewing legendary musicians like Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend. But in 1968, he finally got the opportunity to meet his hero, John Lennon. Cott was nervous.

"He said, 'There's nothing to be nervous about,'" Cott recalls. "'It's going to be OK, and we're doing it together, and that's what really matters.'"

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Music
12:45 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

A Brief History Of The Grammy Sales Bump

Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, winner of Album of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. To date, the band's winning album, Babel, has sold 1,737,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 5:21 pm

As televised prize-givers, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences are slouches. The dozen prizes given out in a typical Grammy Awards telecast is the lowest of any major awards-show telecast, from the Oscars to the Emmys. NARAS gives out the bulk of its little gramophones in an untelevised ceremony.

But as sales-juicers? The Grammys are unparalleled.

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Music
4:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Adjusts His Crown

Bonnie "Prince" Billy performing onstage at Lincoln Center's Allen Room February 7.
Kevin Yatarola Lincoln Center

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 9:31 am

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