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First Listen: Jackson Scott, 'Sunshine Redux'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

If the psych-rock practitioner's goal is to disorient, he's succeeded. But Scott accomplishes it with the tuneful exuberance required to bring so many elements together.

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First Listen: Braids, 'Deep In The Iris'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Where the band's last album used prickly electronics and cavernous arrangements to hold humanity at arm's length, Deep In The Iris turns those elements into lulling hymns to cleansing and redemption.

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First Listen: Mew, '+-'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Six years after its last full-length album, the Danish progressive-pop band has morphed again, this time into a more streamlined, potent, startlingly evolved version of itself.

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All Things Considered

System Of A Down, Armenia's Favorite Sons, On Facing History

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The band is performing in its ethnic homeland for the first time, on the centennial of the Armenian genocide. Singer Serj Tankian says that as historical events go, this one couldn't be more personal.

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Live At Guitar Center: A Lot Of Noise And A Little Fun

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York musician Noah Wall surreptitiously recorded amateurs fiddling with guitars, pianos, keyboards, drums and more at a Guitar Center. He captured a lot of bad music and some wild ambition.

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All Things Considered

Alabama Shakes, On Not Keeping Things Safe

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"I like all kinds of music, and nobody ever told me you gotta pick one, so I never did," lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard says.

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It's Thin, It's Plastic, It's Back: Flexi Discs Find New Fans

Saturday, April 18, 2015

In the '60s, the cheap music format was stocked in vending machines and embossed on cereal boxes. Now, magazines like Decibel and bands like Deerhoof are reviving the once-dead flexi disc.

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Solving The Vinyl Comeback's Big Problem, One Antique Machine At A Time

Friday, April 17, 2015

What's getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody's making new ones.

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All Songs Plus One: Our Record Store Day Must-Haves

Friday, April 17, 2015

This week's mini podcast offers a ten-minute preview of some of the must-have releases for Record Store Day.

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Viking's Choice: Pygmy Lush, 'On A Plain (Nirvana Cover)'

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pygmy Lush doesn't stray too far from the version of the song heard on MTV Unplugged. But then it brings the Crazy Horse-punk chaos.

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Drum Fill Friday, With Jess Gowrie Of Happy Fangs

Friday, April 17, 2015

Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of fills handpicked by Jess Gowrie, drummer for the band Happy Fangs. Hear the fill and match it to the song.

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Soundcheck

Andy Allo: 'I Want To Let Loose'

Friday, April 17, 2015

The singer-songwriter talks about growing up in Cameroon, working with Prince, and going in a new different musical direction with her latest EP, Hello.
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Morning Edition

As Joan Jett Is Inducted, Women Still Scarce At Rock Hall

Friday, April 17, 2015

Of the more than 700 artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only about 8 percent are women. Joan Jett is now one of them.

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KCRW Presents: Ride

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Watch the British band, which just reunited after 20 years, as it performs "Leave Them All Behind."

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Songs We Love: Wolf Alice, 'Bros'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The latest cut from the band's upcoming full length debut My Love Is Cool is a celebratory but wistful reflection on the waning years of youth.

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Highasakite, 'Heavenly Father'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hear Norway's Highasakite cover Bon Iver's "Heavenly Father."

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Viking's Choice: Radioactivity, 'Silent'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If the thrilling country-punk song "Silent" is any indication, Radioactivity's forthcoming Silent Kill is going to be a cinematic piece of power-pop.

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Greg Holden On World Cafe

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The U.K. singer wrote Phillip Phillips' "Home." Hear him perform songs from his new album.

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Songs We Love: Algiers, 'Black Eunuch'

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Eerie rock-inspired gospel music from three young Southern men who now live in London and New York.

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A Rational Conversation With Mac McCaughan And Waxahatchee

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Songwriter Katie Crutchfield and her boss, Merge Records' Mac McCaughan (who has a new solo album) talk about motivation, listening to their own music and the differences between DIY in 1994 and 2015.

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