Robin Hilton

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Question Of The Week: What Are Your Music Resolutions For 2014?

Monday, January 06, 2014

I began last year with some ambitious goals as far as music goes. I vowed to go to more live shows, to pay more attention to lyrics and to spend more time in general with the albums I hear. This was in addition to losing weight, writing a novel ...

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Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

It was an embarrassment of riches for music lovers in 2013. I've never had a harder time settling on a top 10 list of albums. And you can forget about a top 10 songs list. I added more than 4,000 new tracks to my library this year, and that's really ...

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Vote For The Best Albums Of 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A massive number of great albums came out in 2013. Now that December has arrived, how do we wade through the good and the bad to find the best? With your help, 10 at a time.

We've collected many of the excellent albums released this year in a list below, ...

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Marijuana Deathsquads, Live In Concert

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Minneapolis-based noise-rock band Marijuana Deathsquads has a name that implies mind-altering chaos. And that's largely what you get in the group's live performances - a thrilling, relentless bombardment of sight and sound. For this concert, originally webcast live on Nov. 6, 2013, the group's members were lost in a ...

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The 2013 Mountain Oasis Festival In GIFs

Friday, November 08, 2013

Late this past month, the first-ever Mountain Oasis music festival popped up in Asheville, N.C. for three days and nights of glorious weirdness. Officially called the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, the event featured bands both big (Nine Inch Nails) and small (Adventure Club), thrilling audiences with thumping dance, ...

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First Watch: Perera Elsewhere, 'Giddy'

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The music of Perera Elsewhere sounds like it was picked up from outer space, like a strange, haunting frequency drifting through the ether from god-knows-where. So it makes sense that the Berlin-based DJ and ambient trip-hop artist brings an otherworldly vibe to life on the video for her song ...

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Question Of The Week: Do Music Reviews Matter To You?

Monday, November 04, 2013

Last week's merciless onslaught of negative reviews for the new Arcade Fire record, Reflektor, sparked a conversation here in the All Songs Considered office about the weight of a writer's words, and whether those words have any real effect on a band's level of success (success in ...

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First Watch: James Vincent McMorrow, 'Cavalier'

Thursday, October 31, 2013

James Vincent McMorrow first popped on our radar back in 2010, when he released his breathtakingly beautiful debut Early In The Morning, a collection of acoustic folk notable, in part, for McMorrow's remarkable voice. But it turns out McMorrow never really wanted to be a folk singer. His latest album, ...

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First Watch: Tyler The Creator Directs Video For Anonymous Artist

Monday, October 28, 2013

The latest video from Odd Future co-founder Tyler, The Creator isn't at all what you might expect. The Los Angeles rapper and producer, known for his dark, dystopian hip-hop, takes on a breezy pop ballad for the short and vividly beautiful film. Tyler didn't write the song and ...

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Song Premiere: The Flaming Lips, 'If They Move, Shoot 'Em'

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Flaming Lips have always had a fondness for science fiction and fantasy, with a vast catalog of songs about robots, spontaneous human combustion, telepathy, wizards, and UFOs. The band's latest source of inspiration is the sci-fi novel (and new movie) Ender's Game, which tells the story of Earth's futuristic ...

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First Listen: Son Lux, 'Lanterns'

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ryan Lott, the principal creative force behind Son Lux, is a classically trained musician well-studied in the vast intricacies of theory, composition and orchestration. As a student at Indiana University in the late '90s he studied piano under renowned pianist Jeremy Denk (among others) and, after graduating, spent ...

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First Watch: Polyphonic Spree, 'Raise Your Head'

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The inventor and engineer Rube Goldberg was known for designing elaborate machines that performed simple tasks, usually in a string of successive events, each one triggering the next. His work has been the inspiration for a lot of fantastic art and music videos (think of OK Go's "

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Neko Case Opens Up About Latest Album

Thursday, August 29, 2013

On her latest album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, singer Neko Case lays her heart — and her healthy sense of humor — bare. It's a deeply personal record that, among other things, offers intimate, sometimes wry meditations ...

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Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you ...

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Question Of The Week: Where Do You Stand To See Shows?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Back in 1984, when Rush announced a stop in Wichita, Kan. for its Grace Under Pressure tour, I and a group of like-minded high school friends eagerly spent every penny we had to buy tickets to the show. We were stoked beyond belief at the thought of seeing the ...

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Tom Stoppard's Daring 'Dark Side Of The Moon' Makeover

Monday, August 26, 2013

Few albums hold a place in the hearts and minds of its fans (myself included) quite like Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece The Dark Side Of The Moon. In the four decades since its release, it remains, for many, an almost sacred work of art, endlessly dissected by legions of ...

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Ty Segall Talks About His Latest Album, 'Sleeper'

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fourteen years ago there was Jack White, a 25-year-young new guitar god. In 2013 we have Ty Segall at 25, a prolific noise maker with new generation's admiration, in love with guitars and distortion. And here's a big surprise: Ty Segall's new album, just about to be released, ...

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Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music?

Monday, August 12, 2013

The answer to this week's question depends on how much you know about playing music and what you want to make or record. With some apps you don't need to know a single thing about reading music notation or playing an instrument. Other apps have a learning curve beyond comprehension.

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First Watch: Ra Ra Riot, 'Binary Mind'

Monday, August 12, 2013

Syracuse-based rock group Ra Ra Riot's latest album, Beta Love, is steeped heavily in science fiction and futurist theories, with tales of robots, lives stranded in space and, on the song "Binary Mind," the merging of computers and human brains. In a new video for the track, the band members' ...

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First Listen: Ty Segall, 'Sleeper'

Sunday, August 11, 2013

It's hard to keep up with Ty Segall. The garage-rock revivalist is just 26, but has already released more than a dozen full-length albums, either under his own name or with the eight or nine (we've lost track) other bands with which he plays. (Sic Alps, White Fence and ...

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