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Viking's Choice: Pile, 'Mr. Fish'

Monday, February 02, 2015

Pile delights in riffs that pop wheelies off the side of cliffs, the careening croon and yelp of Rick Maguire, and a pummeling punk rhythm section that eggs it all on.

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Inside the Outsider Vision of Miranda July

Monday, February 02, 2015

The polymorphic artist and performer talks at length about her new book, 'The First Bad Man,' and explains why she might -- just might -- show up at the Oscars. 

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First Listen: Paperhaus, 'Paperhaus'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The D.C. guitar band's music can be jarring and jagged, as its members channel Krautrock and psychedelic blues. But it's also dreamy, with lilt and grit.

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First Listen: Quarterbacks, 'Quarterbacks'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

With 19 songs in just 22 minutes, Quarterbacks offers pop melodies at punk speed and a reminder that love and hurt needn't always be rendered at epic scale.

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First Listen: JD McPherson, 'Let The Good Times Roll'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Though his music honors mid-century sounds with laser precision, the Tulsa rocker takes so many little chances in his songs that they never sound like mere replicas.

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First Listen: The Districts, 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The band's cathartic rock rages in familiar ways, but with unexpectedly devastating twists of the knife. Proudly sloppy and artfully bloodthirsty, The Districts' music never sounds monochromatic.

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Talking With Hey Rosetta!, A Great Big Band From Newfoundland

Sunday, February 01, 2015

The orchestral seven-piece hails from a sprawling Canadian island not known for its indie rock. Rachel Martin speaks with singer Tim Baker about how the band has nonetheless made a name for itself.

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Billy Idol On World Cafe

Friday, January 30, 2015

The U.K. punk veteran (and '80s rock legend) performs old and new songs live in the studio.

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KCRW Presents: The Decemberists

Friday, January 30, 2015

The folk-rock band, newly returned from a hiatus, performs "Make You Better" live in the studio.

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Viking's Choice: Crypt Sermon, 'Will Of The Ancient Call'

Friday, January 30, 2015

The band's majestic doom metal recalls Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Dio-era Black Sabbath.

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Gig Alert: Torres

Friday, January 30, 2015

Smoldering singer and guitarist plays for free at Brooklyn Night Bazaar; listen to "Honey."

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Courtney Barnett, 'Pedestrian At Best'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Count on 2015 as the year many will fall in love with Courtney Barnett, the best lyricist in rock. Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, comes out in March.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January's roundup features music from Panda Bear, Father John Misty, Waxahatchee and more.

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All Songs At 15: On Hearing Sufjan Stevens For The First Time

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This week in our Throwback Thursday we share a favorite memory: the day we first heard Sufjan Stevens.

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Lower Dens: Confidently Embracing Hypnotic Pop On 'To Die In L.A.'

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Baltimore band - fronted by enigmatic songwriter Jana Hunter - returns with its third album, Escape From Evil. Hear the first single, "To Die In L.A."
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Gig Alert: Spain

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dusty, world-weary rock from LA group at Lincoln Center Atrium tonight, free! Listen to "Nobody Has To Know."

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opbmusic Presents: Greylag

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The band's moody, autumnal "Arms Unknown" receives a welcome jolt of gritty electric guitar.

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Colin Hay On World Cafe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The former lead singer of Men At Work tells the story of his band's international success.

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New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

This week we hear from some of our favorite veteran artists and a few incredible newcomers, including Modest Mouse's first new album in eight years and the psychedelic rock group Sunflower Bean.

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Pond, 'Elvis' Flaming Star'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Australian band's playful, psychedelic glam-rock is powered by Tame Impala drummer Jay Watson.

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