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KEXP Presents: Girl Band

Monday, January 05, 2015

The all-male Dublin quartet plays aggressive pop that can sound like chainsaws attacking a DJ rig. Watch the group perform "Lawman" at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik during the Iceland Airwaves festival.

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Gig Alert: Liv Lombardi

Monday, January 05, 2015

Jangly folk rocker has a prescription for the New Year's blues: "Self Medicate." She's at An Beal Bocht Cafe tonight.

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First Listen: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, 'Club Meds'

Sunday, January 04, 2015

On the Vancouver songwriter's fourth album, he plays with abrupt changes of tone and texture. Carefully conceived instrumental passages expand upon — and sometimes upend — his lyrics.

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A Light Goes Out In Memphis: Remembering John Fry

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Music producer Rick Clark remembers John Fry, co-founder of Ardent Studios, who died last month after 50 years of nurturing some of the best music to ever come out of Memphis.

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Weapon Of Choice: Why The Stratocaster Survives

Saturday, January 03, 2015

When an instrument sounds as good playing Daft Punk as it does Lawrence Welk, you know it's got something. The Strat just turned 60, but it's barely aged a day.

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All Things Considered

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Friday, January 02, 2015

Facing a fatal diagnosis, Wilko Johnson made what was to be his final album with singer Roger Daltrey of The Who. Then doctors intervened. "Maybe," Daltrey says, "there's a Part 2 to this record."

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World Cafe's 2015 Music Preview

Friday, January 02, 2015

NPR Music's own Ann Powers is looking forward to lots of new music in 2015, including a new release from Oklahoma rock and roller JD McPherson.

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What To Look (and Listen) For in 2015

Friday, January 02, 2015

Soundcheck's John Schaefer turns his ears towards the new year with some things he's excited to hear in 2015, even if some of them are wishful thinking (ahem Joanna Newsom).
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Gig Alert: Restorations

Friday, January 02, 2015

Get your year off on the right rock at Brooklyn Night Bazaar tonight. 

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All Things Considered

Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Native North America, Vol. 1 sketches out an entire chapter of American music that, remarkably and shamefully, largely had been lost until now.

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The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music

Thursday, January 01, 2015

B.J. Novak, David Mitchell, Emma Straub, Marlon James and other authors responsible for 2014's best books hand-pick their favorite songs.

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Gig Alert: Joseph Arthur & Chuck Prophet Do Lou

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Lots of homage to Lou Reed at City Winery's annual New Year's Day show. Listen to Joseph Arthur cover "NYC Man."

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10 Favorite Metal Albums Of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In 2014, metal still believes in traditions and keeps the faith, but recognizes that evolution is inevitable — with some of its defenders kicking and screaming.

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Viking's Choice: The Year In The Loud And The Weird

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In 2014, two monoliths of heavy music found a new way to be heavy, a Thai psych band made one of the most transcendent records of the year and three dudes in body paint channeled King Crimson.

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Gig Alert: Patti Smith

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The rock and roll hero plays at Webster Hall tonight. Listen to "April Fool."

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Tiny Desk Concert: HMSTR

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Watch our favorite hamsters Joni and Nash rip up the floors of the Tiny Desk and play their twee-as-all-get-out holiday pop-punk song, "Snow Day." You can't handle the cuteness.

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Morning Edition

Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's a short story about a woman who just wants to spend the holiday alone, from a band that had no interest in writing what would become a holiday classic.

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Morning Edition

Have An Oddly Jolly Christmas: A Quirky Holiday Playlist

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hear an interview with Mitchell Kezin, a Christmas music "crate-digger," searching far and wide for rare holiday music of years past, along with a playlist featuring lesser-known Christmas gems.

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My 10 Favorite Unsung Records Of 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dig deeper than Taylor Swift and D'Angelo, and there's so many more artists to commend in 2014: the loud and the weird; the quiet and the subtle; the noise pop and the futurist soul.
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Front Row: Bombay Bicycle Club, 'Feel'

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Watch the English rock band perform a song from its high-octane set at the House Of Blues in Boston.

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