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Blur Announces First Album In 12 Years

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The classic Brit-pop band's eighth studio album will be called The Magic Whip. It will be out on April 28.

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Ilyas Ahmed, 'Come On'

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Watch a black-and-white 16mm video for an airy folk song that's at once warming and unsettling.

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WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Hiss Golden Messenger

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

M.C. Taylor and his band perform one of the finest songs in Hiss Golden Messenger's growing discography, live in WAMU's studios in Washington, D.C.

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Gig Alert: The Jay Vons

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stewards of classic Stax sounds play tonight at Rough Trade. "Listen to Night (Was Stealing From The Sun)."

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Owen Pallett On World Cafe

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Among the Oscar-nominated composer's many accomplishments is a 2014 solo album titled In Conflict.

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The Lone Bellow On World Cafe

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hear an energetic performance and enlightening conversation from the Brooklyn folk-rock trio.

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KEXP Presents: Bass Drum Of Death

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Mississippi garage-punk band figuratively tears down the walls as part of a groundbreaking ceremony at KEXP's new space.

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New Mix: Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes, JEFF The Brotherhood, More

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their favorite new songs and discoveries of the week, including new music from Sufjan Stevens, Alabama Shakes and the poet-turned-rapper Kate Tempest.

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Summer Cannibals, 'Something New'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How do you handle a breakup? Get a new haircut? How about a tattoo? Get sloshed? Kill a man? All are on the table as Jessica Boudreaux drinks and fights her way through the night in "Something New."

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Viking's Choice: Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, 'Unnamed'

Monday, February 16, 2015

The larger-than-life TAD frontman returns with one of the most satisfying and heaviest doom metal records in years. Prepare to be trampled by "Unnamed."

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BRONCHO: Indie Pop Hooks You Can't Stop Singing

Monday, February 16, 2015

With playful melodies you won't forget, the Oklahoma band plays songs from its 2014 album, Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, in the Soundcheck studio.

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First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'The Race For Space'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Using samples from vintage news broadcasts and in-flight NASA chatter, a British duo tells the story of the Space Age's first 15 years.

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First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'Gliss Riffer'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Even when built around familiar pop-song structures, Deacon's music is juxtapositional and wonderful — a pursuit of the ecstatic that obliterates genre distinctions.

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First Listen: The Pop Group, 'Citizen Zombie'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Recording a reunion album after 35 years, the defiant and inventive British band meets the modern era head-on, tempering its dystopias with the rhythms required to move bodies and open minds.

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First Listen: Kristin Diable, 'Create Your Own Mythology'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The blues-rock singer combines the ambition and self-awareness of a longtime New Yorker with the easy swagger of her Louisiana home.

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First Listen: Screaming Females, 'Rose Mountain'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Compact and intense, the New Jersey band's songs channel the spirit of punk, but also the density of heavy rock that's had the fat cut out.

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Drum Fill Friday, With Cursive's Cully Symington

Friday, February 13, 2015

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of fills handpicked by Cursive drummer Cully Symington. Hear the fill and match it to the song.

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Football, etc., 'Sunday'

Friday, February 13, 2015

"Sunday" comes from a place of fear that shuts out the world, but Lindsay Minton's voice is clear and strong either because of or in spite of the song's theme.

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Morning Edition

A Serious Man: Father John Misty's Transformation In Progress

Friday, February 13, 2015

The singer-songwriter born Josh Tillman discusses his new album, I Love You, Honeybear, and describes the challenge of writing honestly about love and intimacy.

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High Aura'd & Mike Shiflet, 'Parlour Games'

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Shiflet's video for "Parlour Games" is a meditation on the cycle of life, soundtracked by ambient guitars that swell to feverish heights.

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