Robin Hilton

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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 ...


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 ...


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, ...


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.



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' ...


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 ...


Jim Guthrie: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, August 10, 2013

We've had bands from all over the world visit the Tiny Desk. Most recently, we published a set by Keaton Henson, who was in from London. Back in May, we had singer M.R. Shajarian from Iran. There was the Danish band Efterklang, the Algerian singer Souad ...


Keaton Henson: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, August 03, 2013

The day before Keaton Henson arrived to play the Tiny Desk, we hosted a group called The No BS! Brass Band, a nearly dozen-piece horn section with an almost brutal (and totally amazing) sound. It was one of the loudest and most thrilling, heart-pounding Tiny Desk sets we've ever ...


Question Of The Week: Who's The New Dylan?

Monday, July 29, 2013

We hope you caught some of our live coverage of the Newport Folk Festival over the weekend. If not, you can still hear a bunch of the shows we recorded in our archives, from Phosphorescent and The Mountain Goats to Amanda Palmer, Frank ...

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Why The Newport Folk Festival Is So Special

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It isn't the biggest or the flashiest festival of the year, but Newport Folk, which NPR is covering all this coming weekend, is certainly one of the country's most prestigious and historic annual musical gatherings. Its legacy stretches back more than 50 years, with a long list of memorable ...


Question Of The Week: What Music Will You Be Nostalgic For In 20 Years?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Earlier this week week we asked you to look ahead 20 years from now, and guess what music from today you'll be the most nostalgic about. There were some great suggestions, including Wilco, Outkast and Sufjan Stevens.

We've put together some of your picks in a couple ...


New Video From David Bowie: 'Valentine's Day'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The latest in a series of videos for David Bowie's album The Next Day isn't a big budget spectacle, but it is thrilling and intense. The video, for the song "Valentine's Day," places Bowie in some sort of industrial, concrete warehouse with just his guitar. But Bowie's penetrating gaze and ...


Question Of The Week: What's Your Karaoke Jam?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

For a long time, my go-to karaoke song was "Sweet Child Of Mine" by Guns N' Roses. I'd really let loose at the end on the "I-ee I-ee I-ee I-ee I's." I remember singing it in what I thought was a private booth at a karoke bar in ...


Question Of The Week: What's Your Stereo?

Monday, June 24, 2013

My first stereo had a built-in 8-track player, a turntable and a radio. My parents bought it at a local discount store for what probably seemed like a fortune to them at the time, and I used it for years. My mom eventually sold it at a garage sale. It ...


First Watch: Majical Cloudz, 'Bugs Don't Buzz'

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I won't lie to you. The new video from Majical Cloudz, for the Canadian electro-pop duo's song "Bugs Don't Buzz," is kinda gross. There are scenes so strange and slimy, I'm not even sure what's going on. But, set to what is an undeniably gorgeous, if plaintive love song, the ...


Question Of The Week: What Veteran Band Should Have A Comeback?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

So far, 2013 has been a year of impressive comebacks, with a number of veteran musicians returning after extended hiatuses. Electronic artists Daft Punk and Boards Of Canada are back with their first new albums in eight years. David Bowie is back with his first new release ...


Question Of The Week: What's Your Favorite Song Of 2013 (So Far)?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Earlier this week, while we were prepping our list of favorite songs and albums of 2013 (so far), we asked you to tell us your own No. 1 track for the first half of the year. We got a ton of submissions and made a little ...


First Watch: Low, 'Plastic Cup'

Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Plastic Cup," the moody opening cut to Low's latest album, The Invisible Way, recalls a friend's substance abuse, a lifetime of dependence on others and a soul-crushing future of pointless drug tests. But in a strange new video for the song, director Ryley Fogg takes those themes in a ...


First Watch: Young Galaxy, 'New Summer'

Monday, June 10, 2013

The latest video for the Canadian electro-pop band Young Galaxy is a study in stark, disturbing contrasts. "Here it comes again, the beautiful, warm weather," sings frontwoman Catherine McCandless, just as all hell breaks loose.

McCandless says the seemingly big-budget spectacle is meant to ask fans to rethink the meaning ...


First Watch: Grant Olney, 'Not From Body'

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

When singer-songwriter Grant Olney started working on his latest album, Hypnosis For Happiness, he never imagined it'd take six years to finish. But after laying down the first tracks in 2006, Olney left for the U.K. and the Netherlands to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. After finishing a 300-page dissertation ...