Jacob Ganz

Jacob Ganz appears in the following:

First Listen: Perfume Genius, 'Too Bright'

Sunday, September 14, 2014

For two albums, the essence of a great Perfume Genius song has been musical simplicity and lyrical depth. Mike Hadreas, the Seattle songwriter behind the project, excels at writing memorable but sparely arranged melodies designed to highlight his compact, hard-hitting phrases. His topics are often isolation and estrangement — ...

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Come See The New Pornographers Play 'Brill Bruisers' In The Brill Building

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yesterday, the ecstatic indie-pop group The New Pornographers released Brill Bruisers, its first new record in four years. Next week, it'll bring the album home. NPR Music is excited to announce that on Thursday, Sept. 4, The New Pornographers will play songs from Brill Bruisers in the Brill ...

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Tom Scholz: Sound Machine

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tom Scholz is one of those musicians whose role in rock history is easy to underestimate, but the accomplishments stack up. Scholz is the lead songwriter behind Boston, whose debut album stands at No. 12 on the RIAA's list of the best-selling albums of all time. Since it was ...

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First Listen: Hundred Waters, 'The Moon Rang Like A Bell'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's counter-intuitive, but making deeply emotional music often comes across as a matter of restraint and timing, calculation and manipulation, rather than as an indulgence or purging. All over its darkly shimmering second album, Hundred Waters shows a new ability to pull listeners' strings. Think of musical intensity as an ...

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First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, 'Metamodern Sounds In Country Music'

Sunday, May 04, 2014

There are so many "whoa, stop" moments in the first three minutes of Sturgill Simpson's second album. A few selected quotes, which Simpson delivers in a stretched-out Waylon croon: "I've seen Jesus play with flames ... met the devil in Seattle ... met Buddha yet another time," "Don't waste your ...

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These New Puritans: 'You Have To Be Meticulous'

Friday, May 02, 2014

Being a fan of the British group These New Puritans means curbing your expectations on a regular basis. The band's angular, post-punk-influenced debut, Beat Pyramid, was rigorous in its attention to style and detail; on the band's next album, 2010's Hidden, the intensity was still there, but the style drifted ...

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David Lamb Of Folk Duo Brown Bird Dies At 35

Monday, April 07, 2014

David Lamb, who sang in the folk duo Brown Bird, died Saturday at Memorial Hospital in Providence, R.I., due to complications from leukemia. Lamb started Brown Bird as a solo project in 2003 and stayed with the band in various formations until it settled into its final lineup, as a ...

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We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago today. It's hardly news. You've probably already seen plenty of tributes to his career and what might have been, along with, perhaps, a criticism of the impulse to memorialize his death simply because it's been a round number of years since the ...

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First Listen: The War On Drugs, 'Lost In The Dream'

Sunday, March 09, 2014

"Under the Pressure," the nine-minute song that kicks off Lost in the Dream, opens with a few seconds of hair-raising electronic ticking and closes with two and a half minutes of full-band, synchronized, undulating feedback. In between, The War on Drugs shows many of the cards in its ...

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Hundred Waters Shines A Strange Light In Darkness

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Here's some great news: On May 27, the Gainesville, Fla. quartet Hundred Waters will release its second album (via OWSLA, the label run by Skrillex), and today the band has shared a brand new song, "Cavity," along with an eerily beautiful video.

"'Cavity' is like watering a field but so ...

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Damon Albarn And St. Vincent To Play NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One of the highlights of our year, the SXSW music festival, kicks off in just three weeks in Austin, Texas. Today, NPR Music is hugely excited to announce another genre-blending lineup of artists for our opening night showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday, March 12.

Here's what you can ...

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The Knife On 'Shaking' Expectations

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Swedish siblings Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson released their self-titled debut album as The Knife in 2001, and in the dozen years since then, have upended expectations on a regular basis. Their second album, Deep Cuts, included the song "Heartbeats," a perfect, if slightly corroded, pop ...

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12 For The Road: A Music Podcast Playlist For Holiday Travel

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Whether you're traveling for the holidays or waiting for those who are on the road to come back to you — or if you just need to wipe your eardrums clean after weeks of holiday shopping music — the next week should offer ample listening time.

At NPR Music, we ...

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Haven't I Heard This Song Before?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Over the last couple of weeks, the sounds of pop's biggest hits have been distractingly familiar. Almost as soon as it hit the Internet, "Roar," the brand new smash by Katy Perry, was accused of sounding an awful lot like the recent song "Brave," by Sara Bareilles. A ...

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First Listen: King Krule, '6 Feet Beneath The Moon'

Sunday, August 18, 2013

When Archy Marshall first emerged as Zoo Kid in 2010, he was a hyped-up curiosity — a skinny, pink-cheeked 16-year-old alone on stage, dressed in a blousy button-down and a ball cap, quietly plucking at an electric guitar. Then he'd open his mouth to reveal a gigantic voice. Marshall took ...

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First Listen: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Early in her band's career, Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell won constant comparisons with Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, and rightfully so. Both singers held merit badges in restrained pop aesthetic and deadpan delivery: Tentative romantic encounters were described and sung in a way that hid whether Campbell and ...

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First Watch: Kurt Vile, 'Never Run Away'

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Kurt Vile is sometimes known as a shredder, which isn't exactly right. His guitar playing is accomplished, but it doesn't blow your hair back so much as wrap it gently in a worn, sun-bleached kerchief.

Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, is a perfect soundtrack for ...

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12 Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Saturday

Friday, April 19, 2013

It's a perfect illustration of the current age of music fandom that this year's Record Store Day comes at the end of the week when Twitter introduced its music service — an online streaming music tool that tethers discovery to acquaintances who probably know your taste about as ...

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10 Great Album Art Fake-Outs

Thursday, March 28, 2013

This week, the Strokes put out the new album Comedown Machine, the band's fifth collection of wiry, tightly-produced throwback rock. The Strokes have always derived as many influences from visual media as they have from music, and the cover of the new album nods to both: the image resembles

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First Watch: Phosphorescent, 'Song For Zula'

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The brand new video for Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula," from the band's sixth album, Muchacho, forgoes a literal illustration of song's heartbroken story for something more allegorical. In a single slow-motion tracking shot, the camera approaches a distant figure dressed in rags, bashing at chains that hold her ...

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