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KCRW Presents: My Morning Jacket, Live In Concert

Monday, April 27, 2015

Watch Jim James and his band perform The Waterfall live during a special First Listen Live concert from Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles, presented by KCRW.

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World Cafe Next: Monophonics

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hear two tracks from the San Francisco-based psychedelic soul band's new album, Sound of Sinning.

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Listen To A New Song By Mates Of State

Monday, April 27, 2015

Casting the heady swoon of courtship as a game of intense focus, "Staring Contest" practically bursts with the giddy excitement of new love.

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Soundcheck

Art Alexakis And Everclear: 'I've Still Got A Lot of Rage in Me'

Monday, April 27, 2015

The alt-rock stalwarts perform an acoustic session in the Soundcheck studio. 

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New Sounds

New Music from Ireland Part 5

Monday, April 27, 2015

In the fifth installment of this series of new music featuring Irish composers, John Schaefer talks to composer Linda Buckley in Dublin.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Cheerleader

Monday, April 27, 2015

Breezy synth-pop vibes blow in to Webster Hall tonight. 

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First Listen: Torres, 'Sprinter'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On her second album, Sprinter, Torres confronts the problem of confession head-on and proceeds to annihilate its boundaries.

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First Listen: Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A versatile sideman serves as leader, filling a three-disc, nearly three-hour album with dozens of players, new ideas and transformed old ones. The title is justified.

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First Listen: Mac McCaughan, 'Non-Believers'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For 25 years, the Superchunk frontman and Merge Records cofounder has quietly made some of the loudest pop in human history.

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First Listen: Metz, 'II'

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Raw, belligerent and dissonant — that's just the tip of the noise-rock iceberg when it comes to Metz.

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All Things Considered

Kirk Franklin On 'Trap Gospel' And Taking Heat From The Church

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For gospel purists, Erica Campbell's "I Luh God" resembles secular club music in a way that's too close for comfort. Kirk Franklin knows a thing or two about that.

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All Things Considered

'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A virus caused Chad Clark's heart to tear with every beat, giving him a 22 percent chance to live. Eleven years after Beauty Pill's debut LP, he and his band come back resilient.

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Alt.Latino Finds Colombia's Mid-Century Afrosound

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Putting the eclectic back in alternative, Felix Contreras of Alt.Latino talks with Rachel Martin and shares some 1960s Colombian throwback tunes, Latin jazz and bluegrass mariachi.

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New Sounds

Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Composer Max Richter has taken apart Vivaldi's original set of violin concertos, "The Four Seasons," and reconfigured the components while reclaiming the work as a beautiful object.

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All Things Considered

Beauty Pill's 'Steven and Tiwonge' Is And Isn't A Protest Song

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Chad Clark of the band Beauty Pill walks us through creating "Steven and Tiwonge," a song about a gay couple in Malawi sentenced to 14 years in prison for their sexuality.

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All Things Considered

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Saturday, April 25, 2015

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, April 25, 2015

An acoustic quartet from Kiev, Ukraine whose music encompasses rhythms and sounds from around the world, while remaining joyfully unique. Plus, they wear amazing hats.

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The Good Listener: Why Do People Hate Nickelback So Much?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hatred of bands is often about association — about the story of ourselves that we're comfortable telling the world.

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Roomful Of Teeth: A Vocal Group That's 'A Band, Not A Choir'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

On the eclectic group's new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that's hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw.

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Colleen: For The First Time, A Hypnotic Composer Sings

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The French musician Colleen has added lyrics to her music after more than 10 years of being strictly instrumental.

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