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Waxahatchee, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

If Katie Crutchfield ever becomes a solo star, it's hard to imagine how the Waxahatchee singer's most bruised and beautiful songs will translate to a gigantic stage. Tucked into a back room at Stubb's during SXSW on March 13 — and following in the immediate aftermath of Nick Cave's swaggering ...


Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Listen to Stephen Thompson's conversation with Audie Cornish on All Things Considered by clicking the audio link.

The South by Southwest music festival kicked off Tuesday with the first of five straight nights of music overload: The clubs, makeshift music venues and front porches of Austin, Texas, were ...


First Listen: Low, 'The Invisible Way'

Sunday, March 10, 2013

In 20 years, Low's basic ingredients haven't changed much: Guitarist Alan Sparhawk and drummer Mimi Parker swap and sometimes layer their vocals, with a third member joining the married couple on bass. The pace, for the most part, is kept deliberate, even glacial, with strategically deployed silence hanging between ...


NPR Music Presents: Josh Ritter In Concert

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

To stand out as an acoustic-guitar-wielding folk-rock singer-songwriter, you'd better have an awful lot of charisma at your disposal — and it helps if, like Josh Ritter, you're able to infuse your songs with a sense that stakes are high and words ring true. A prolific singer-songwriter who's appropriately ...


We Get Mail: Picking The Perfect Travel Playlist

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the eight billion SXSW solicitations is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, a request for tips on assembling the perfect travel playlist.

Janna Sanford writes: "I'd love advice and ...


The Mix: The Austin 100

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

It says a lot about SXSW's size and scope that this "sampler" of the annual music festival spans six and a half hours, but here we are: 100 songs by 100 artists worth discovering at this year's big event.

Handpicked from among thousands of artists, this genre-traversing playlist picks highlights, ...


First Listen: Devendra Banhart, 'Mala'

Sunday, March 03, 2013

For a guy who gets tagged with a lot of limiting descriptors — "freak folk," "hippie" and so forth — Devendra Banhart doesn't like to let his music sit in any spot for long. His catalog, which now includes seven official albums, has taken him through warmly intimate ballads, ...


First Listen: Phosphorescent, 'Muchacho'

Sunday, March 03, 2013

An Alabama native now based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck sings with wryly weary raggedness to suit his late-at-night laments. Even when their arrangements feel grand and fleshed-out, epic and searching, Houck's best songs come off like intimate conversations with a confidante — wise and soft, and warmed by ...


First Listen: Jimi Hendrix, 'People, Hell And Angels'

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Given that Jimi Hendrix has been dead for more than four decades, the visionary guitarist has remained awfully prolific: He left behind a formidable tape library, full of alternate takes, discarded ideas and collaborations of varying quality, and those materials have been mined in the making of far more ...


First Listen: Chelsea Light Moving, 'Chelsea Light Moving'

Monday, February 25, 2013

In the chorus to Chelsea Light Moving's "Heavenmetal," Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore offers a moment of uplift to set the tone for his new band's self-titled debut: "Be a warrior — love life." But from there, Moore and his new bandmates set out to pulverize and polarize.

Even ...


First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

Sunday, February 24, 2013

As one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters around, Josh Ritter isn't one to write angry, over-the-top, knee-jerk breakup songs — even though his new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was written entirely in response to his own recent divorce. Gentility and empathy are wired into Ritter's songwriting, so ...

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For Fans Of The NFL Draft, A Heady Cocktail Of Hope And Sloth

Thursday, April 26, 2012

NPR's Stephen Thompson explains why, for a football fan, the endless spectacle of the NFL Draft is one of the greatest weekends of the year.