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Mary Lattimore And Jeff Zeigler, 'The White Balloon'

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In a slowly enveloping track for harp, guitar and synth, director Naomi Yang (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi) explores the "remnants of what has been lost and what remains."

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Jack White, Live In Concert

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jack White celebrated the release of his latest solo album, Lazaretto with this live concert, at the historic Fonda Theater in Hollywood, Calif.

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Robert Plant Returns With A 'Ceasless Roar'; Those Darlins Play Live; David Bowie Documentary Film

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The iconic frontman of Led Zeppelin returns with a superb new album. The Nashville rock band Those Darlins plays in the Soundcheck studio. A new documentary about David Bowie debuted.

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Geeking Out About David Bowie, And The Book He Inspired

Monday, September 22, 2014

Simon Critchley's new book, Bowie, is part memoir, part philosophical musing. He and fellow David Bowie superfan John Schaefer geek out about their musical hero.

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KEXP Presents: Strand Of Oaks

Monday, September 22, 2014

Philly songwriter Tim Showalter performs a cathartic single, "Shut In," from his new album Heal.

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Myrkur, 'Nattens Barn'

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amalie Bruun, the Danish musician behind the atmospheric black-metal project Myrkur, communes with the forest and summons the oceans.

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Morning Edition

Carl Newman And Neko Case On What Makes a Pop Song Work

Monday, September 22, 2014

NPR's Steve Inskeep met the two musicians at the historic Brill Building to talk about their new album with The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers.

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Samsaya: Pop Songs With Indian Rhythms And A Lot Of Heart

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hear the Indian-born, Norway-raised singer perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Actor Jeff Goldblum Plays Jazz; Simon Critchley On 'Bowie'

Monday, September 22, 2014

Actor Jeff Goldblum performs with his jazz quintet in the Soundcheck studio. 

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First Listen: Electric Wizard, 'Time To Die'

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Electric Wizard has spent two decades playing ridiculously heavy, misanthropic doom metal. On Time To Die, the band gets more room to explore than ever.

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The Good Listener: Saying No To 'Songstress' And Other Forbidden Words

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A certain someone hates the word "songstress." What else should be abolished from music writing?

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A Vulnerable Voice, Singing From Another Era

Saturday, September 20, 2014

As a kid, Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini fell in love with male harmony groups like The Drifters. He says the fragility on those old recordings inspired the sound of his new album, Caustic Love.

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Those Darlins: Magnetic Nashville Rockers

Friday, September 19, 2014

The ferocious Nashville rock band performs songs from its 2013 album, Blur The Line, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Hold Steady On World Cafe

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hear the band survey its decade-long history — including the song singer Craig Finn calls his best.

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Drum Fill Friday, For Sept. 19

Friday, September 19, 2014

Our regular puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a mix of classic rock and iconic pop fills. Hear the fill and match it to the song.

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Pick Three: David Mitchell; The Funniest Songs Ever; Real Estate Plays Live

Friday, September 19, 2014

David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks, shares three favorite songs; Soundcheck plays listeners' funny songs; Real Estate plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Craig Finn Of The Hold Steady Picks His Favorite Replacements Songs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The lead singer of the Hold Steady shares a stage with his Minnesotan indie heroes The Replacements tomorrow night at Forest Hills Stadium. He guides Soundcheck through their music.

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All Things Considered

Breaking A Song Apart, Note By Note

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"It's about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather," Phil Elverum says of "I Want Wind To Blow," the opener from The Microphones' 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.

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Hari Kondabolu On Funny Songs; Sarah Jaffe Plays Live; The Hold Steady's Craig Finn On The Replacements

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Comedian Hari Kondabolu shares his favorite funny songs. Sarah Jaffe performs in the Soundcheck studio. And The Hold Steady's Craig Finn shares his favorite songs by The Replacements.

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YAWN, 'Flytrap'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YAWN's off-kilter new video for the song "Flytrap" is plagued (intentionally) by mistimed cues, faulty gear and more. It's a strange and trippy scene scored perfectly by the band's woozy guitar riff.

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