Otis Hart

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Jonnie Common, 'Shark'

Thursday, February 05, 2015

No sense in letting the feeding frenzy over Katy Perry's left shark dissipate without taking the opportunity to introduce a great song. "Shark," by Scottish oddball Jonnie Common, mixes the production values of alt-J with the droll humor of The Beta Band.

Common's latest album, Trapped In Amber, didn't ...

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Say Lou Lou, 'Nothing But A Heartbeat'

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Twin sisters Miranda Anna and Elektra June Kilbey-Jansson, a.k.a. Say Lou Lou, have been bubbling under for more than a year since they first popped up on the BBC's Sound Of 2014 list. The duo makes maximalist synth-pop, along the lines of Tove Lo or IconaPop, and has demonstrated excellent ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of January

Monday, February 02, 2015

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix called Recommended Dose.

January's selections include some seriously gnarly vibes from the other side of the planet (Shanghai and Sydney, ...

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Ward 21, 'Cyaa Duh Wi Nutten'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Veteran dancehall troupe and guaranteed bringers of good times Ward 21 dropped a new video on Friday, "Cyaa Duh Wi Nutten." The song leaked last November on the Elastik Riddim compilation, but was attributed to just one member of the crew, Suku. "Cyaa Duh Wi Nutten" was hidden near ...

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Song Premiere: Sam Prekop, 'Weather Vane'

Monday, January 19, 2015

When I was a college radio music director in the early 2000s, there were few more important bands in my life than The Sea And Cake. I repped them hard back in the day, and that's because these Chicago renaissance men fit my (admittedly reductive) two criteria for greatness: ...

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Levon Vincent, 'Anti-Corporate Music'

Friday, January 16, 2015

New York deep-house demigod Levon Vincent is as old-school as it gets. He doesn't do promotion, rarely makes his tracks available in digital format, and has resisted releasing a full-length album, opting to go the EP route since his first official 12" in 2002. That all changed this morning, when ...

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St. Lenox, 'Just Friends'

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

It's hard to believe that Andy Choi, the gigantic voice behind St. Lenox, was an award-winning teenage violinist. That was back in the mid-'90s, a time the New York songwriter romanticizes to charming effect throughout his debut album, Ten Songs About Memory And Hope.

"Just Friends" is a soaring song ...

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Recommended Dose: A 2014 Dance Mix

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Recommended Dose is usually a monthly mix of our favorite new dance tracks. We listen to hundreds of new electronic tunes each month, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix. But we switched up the formula a bit ...

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The 10 Best Electronic Albums Of 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"Electronic music" just might be the silliest commonly-used genre title. (OK, OK, you're right: "world music," I take it back.) But seriously, just look at the variety of vibes we had to cram into this 10-album list. There's dance music, for sure (and lots of it), but there's ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of November

Friday, November 28, 2014

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

November's selections include our favorite track from Theo Parrish's upcoming American Intelligence album, a solo cut from Hercules And Love Affair's Kim ...

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Tennyson, 'Lay-by'

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If you're over 16, you'll likely recognize the opening bars to "Lay-by" immediately. The chances are significantly slimmer that you've ever enjoyed them before. But Tennyson, a teenaged brother-sister duo from Edmonton, have taken a universal beacon of anxiety and turned it into a sedative worth hearing over and over ...

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Liberians Meet Death With Flowers, Trumpets And Cameras

Thursday, November 13, 2014

When Rebecca "Mama" Barclay died in the summer of 2011, hundreds gathered for her funeral at a small Baptist church a few miles outside Liberia's capital, Monrovia. Men came in suits, women in black outfits or church robes and children in white to honor the 69-year-old woman, who was a ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of October

Monday, November 03, 2014

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

October's selections are a bit darker and more aggressive than normal. Maybe it was the days leading up to Halloween, or maybe ...

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NPR Music Launches New Home Page

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Today we launch the new face of NPR Music.

We have a new home page this morning, and the experience brings you closer to the beating heart of the music than ever before. Optimized across platforms, the new page has a mission.

We want to tell you why we ...

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Cayetana, Live In Concert

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place in clubs across New York City each autumn, began as a way for college-radio programmers to discover new acts for their airwaves. It was in that spirit that NPR Music chose the Philly rock band Cayetana to kick off its recent CMJ show.

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First Listen: Grouper, 'Ruins'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Nothing is more intimate than the human voice, and few human voices are as intimate as the one belonging to Liz Harris. The Portland ambient artist known as Grouper has recorded more than 10 albums in the past 10 years, but most of her fans likely know her from ...

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Doug Paisley feat. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Until I Find You'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Will Oldham may sing a verse in this new song from rustic songwriter Doug Paisley, but the star of "Until I Find You" is visual artist Heather Goodchild.

The multi-talented, Toronto-based Goodchild painted hundreds of portraits of Paisley, Oldham and other faces, then queued ...

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Elisa Ambrogio, 'Superstitious'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elisa Ambrogio, lead singer of the art-rock heavyweight Magik Markers, usually isn't one to get too sentimental. But her upcoming solo album, The Immoralist, includes some heart-wrenching songs, including its arresting opening track, "Superstitious."

Perhaps to temper all the #FEELS that "Superstitious" is bound to trigger, Ambrogio and director Naomi ...

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The Pop-Punks Of Anarchy

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Drive five hours north-northwest of London, and you'll find yourself in the North East, a sparsely-populated, Labour-leaning, working-class region of England that creeps along the eastern border of Scotland. Drive a few more minutes, and you'll reach an old coal-mining town that someone long ago felt compelled to name Pity ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of September

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a 30-minute mix.

You can stream this month's mix here or through NPR Music's SoundCloud account. If you'd rather just hear each song ...

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