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First Watch: Mount Eerie, 'This'

Monday, January 12, 2015

Punctuated by droning organ, close harmonies and frenzied flutes, Mount Eerie's new video aims to make dream logic literal in a series of images inspired by Scandinavian mythology.

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First Listen: Viet Cong, 'Viet Cong'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The band's frigid, deafening, brutalist post-punk nods toward experimentalism. A massive production, Viet Cong's self-titled debut culminates in a furious bonfire of rage and release.

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First Listen: Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities To Love'

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The rock trio's first album since 2005 sounds as fresh and vital as a debut, but also as nuanced and skillful as the work of three players with a decade-long, inimitable rapport betwixt them.

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The Takeaway

Ben Folds on Why He Loves The Piano

Friday, January 09, 2015

The solo artist and frontman of Ben Folds Five discusses his first encounters with the instrument he loves. 

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662 Shows In 365 Days: Bob Boilen's Year In Concerts

Friday, January 09, 2015

The All Songs Considered host saw 555 different bands play in 144 venues across 16 cities over the course of 2014. Here is the list of his favorites.

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Morning Edition

Percussionist Bobbye Hall Is A Liner-Note Legend

Friday, January 09, 2015

Hall has played with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson to Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan. She grew up in Detroit in the '60s, and was sitting in on Motown sessions before she could drive.

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Throwback Thursday: A Milestone For Internet Radio

Thursday, January 08, 2015

This year All Songs Considered is celebrating its 15th birthday with a look back at some of the show's most memorable moments.

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Il Sogno Del Marinaio On World Cafe

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Hear a live studio session from veteran punk bassist Mike Watt and his two Italian bandmates.

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Merge Records At 25

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Superchunk members Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance tell the story of the label they founded in 1989. We also hear live recordings from Merge's 25th-anniversary festival.

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Musicians You'll Tell Your Friends About In 2015

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

The new year offers a new set of musical surprises. Here is a section of 10 acts — under-the-radar or about to explode — who are ready for their moment in the spotlight.

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Viking's Choice: The Body & Thou, 'Terrible Lie (Nine Inch Nails Cover)'

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Prepare to be pummeled by self-pity. Two extremist doom-metal bands combine to slam this industrial sad-bastard fest into the ground.

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opbmusic Presents: Angel Olsen

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Olsen showcases her impressively agile voice before an enthralled audience at the Pickathon 2014 Woods Stage. Watch her perform "Stars."

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St. Lenox, 'Just Friends'

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Andy Choi, the New York songwriter behind St. Lenox, belts out a laundry list of heartache in this song from his debut album.

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Soundcheck

We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together... Probably

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

At a time when bands reform as quickly as they break up, Soundcheck's John Schaefer mulls over what it means for a band to part ways and how soon it will before they reunite.

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Fly Golden Eagle On World Cafe

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Nashville rock band's new album works as a companion to the 1973 film The Holy Mountain.

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A New Mix For The New Year: Panda Bear, The Go! Team, More

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

We kick off 2015 with a mix of new music and a trip in a time machine back to 2000 and the very first All Songs Considered episode.

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Bandit, 'Losing In A Sense'

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Angela Plake plays with her words in the moment following innocence lost, pleading "I've been losing in a sense," speeding the moody rocker to a devastating realization that nothing's changed.

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Morning Edition

Mystic Rhythms: Rush's Neil Peart On The First Rock Drummer

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Peart is one of the world's greatest rock drummers, but his earliest influence comes from jazz.

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All Things Considered

A Place That Can't Exist Again: Blondie's New York

Monday, January 05, 2015

Chris Stein's photos in Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk Rock document a city that is barely recognizable today.

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WNYC News

Trey Anastasio: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, January 05, 2015

The Phish star was in town to put on a huge show, but the songs here feel more personal than that. Watch Anastasio perform "Sleep Again," "Summer of '89" and "Backwards Down the Number Line."

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