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On 'I See You,' The xx's Palette Suddenly Bursts With Color

Friday, January 13, 2017

On its new album, the U.K. trio departs from the suffocating sparseness of its first two albums. But The xx hasn't sacrificed its flair for intimacy.

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Haley Bonar Joins darkDARK For A Sweet Electro-Pop Jam

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

One of 2017's first great songs, "Restless" finds dreamy analog synths blending perfectly with Bonar's relentlessly pleasing voice.

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Hear 'Preludes,' The First Single From Craig Finn's New Solo Album

Monday, January 09, 2017

Finn, who's sung in The Hold Steady and Lifter Puller, has a new record called We All Want The Same Things, due out March 24.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Sherlock' And The Entertainers We've Lost

Friday, January 06, 2017

We dive into the hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, then celebrate Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, George Michael and others. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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San Fermin Returns With 'Open' — And A New Album Soon

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Ellis Ludwig-Leone's chamber-folk project is set to release its third album, Belong. "Open" finds Charlene Kaye singing beautifully about coming to terms with self-awareness and desire.

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Forget 2016 — Here's Some Of 2017's Best Music

Sunday, January 01, 2017

NPR Music editor and reviewer Stephen Thompson recommends new songs by Sinkane, Little Simz, Japandroids and more.

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Songs We Love: Silver Torches, 'Woman In Rust'

Friday, December 30, 2016

Erik Walters' song builds and builds, piling on pleasing ingredients (churning guitars here, a nice little piano melody there) en route to one grand chorus.

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Songs We Love: Low, 'Some Hearts (At Christmas Time)'

Monday, December 19, 2016

With its buzzy loops, clean guitar lines and a soaring Mimi Parker vocal, the band's exquisite new holiday song feels, appropriately enough, like an actual gift.

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Watch Jack White Perform 'The Rose With The Broken Neck'

Thursday, December 08, 2016

White originally co-wrote and sang the song for a 2011 album by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi. Here, he plays a live acoustic version and discusses his role in its creation.

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Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016

If one defining thread ran through 2016's best albums, it was an air of mystery: a sense of myth, otherworldliness, storytelling ambition or multimedia wizardry.

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Grammy Nominations Pit Beyoncé Against Adele

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The two will face off for Album Of The Year, along with Drake, Justin Bieber and Sturgill Simpson. Other top nominees include Rihanna, Kanye West and Chance The Rapper.

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First Listen: Maria Taylor, 'In The Next Life'

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Azure Ray singer fills her warm, reflective new album with gorgeous, touching songs about family, legacy and the pursuit of contentment.

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Songs We Love: Gordi, '00000 Million'

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Australian singer covers the breathtaking closing track from Bon Iver's new album 22, A Million unadorned, with only the echo of the room to accompany her.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Doctor Strange' And 'Moonlight'

Friday, November 11, 2016

The gang gathers to discuss the finer points of two very different fall movies. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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First Listen: Pink Martini, 'Je Dis Oui!'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

To take in the band's ninth album is to experience a globetrotting victory lap across eight different languages, all tackled with cosmopolitan sophistication and the playfulness of pop.

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First Listen: Thee Oh Sees, 'An Odd Entrances'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The prolific psych-rock band's newest album — its second in only three months — traffics in alternately jittery and hypnotic jams.

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Small Batch: Late-Night Comedy And The 2016 Election

Monday, November 07, 2016

Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson break down the late-night field at the end of this bruising election season, and discuss how difficult it is to stand out and say something new.

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First Listen: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, 'Until The Hunter'

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Nearly 30 years into her career, Mazzy Star's singer still takes her time in the pursuit of beauty. Here, she works with My Bloody Valentine's Colm O'Ciosoig, as well as guests like Kurt Vile.

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Blind Pilot: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 21, 2016

The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

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First Listen: John K. Samson, 'Winter Wheat'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The former Weakerthans singer returns with an album full of gorgeous, vividly detailed songs about characters whose potential doesn't always lend them a pathway out of their own heads.

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