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5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New God's 'Firework,' Celebrating Childhood Joys Of Summer

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Deceptive Cadence
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein (who later became an American citizen) lost an arm in World War I. He commissioned composers including Maurice Ravel to write pieces for the left hand alone.
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Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 5:36 am

One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North'

Panopticon's new album, Roads To The North, comes out Aug. 5.
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There are a couple moments in "Where Mountains Pierce the Sky" — after nine minutes of acoustic guitar, fiddle and Native American flute, what could conceivably be called a black metal riff with a pop-punk bounce and flurry of twin lead guitars — that clue you into Roads to the North's M.O. (As if the first nine minutes weren't enough.) First, the key-change climax, which may not seem like much, but this tectonic shift is the sound of a mountain piercing the damn sky. Then there's the chugga-chugga breakdown, the enemy of all that is grim.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is'

Adult Jazz's new album, Gist Is, comes out Aug. 4.
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To music obsessives of a certain age, the current generation of listeners sometimes appears as lightweight grazers at the Internet smorgasbord who seem unwilling (possibly unable) to focus attention at depth on a single piece of music. The summary dismissal: The kids today, they can't handle all of what somebody like a Frank Zappa (or a band like King Crimson) throws at them.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us'

Christopher Denny's new album, If The Roses Don't Kill Us, comes out Aug. 5.
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Christopher Denny's voice wasn't the easiest to place when he debuted with Age Old Hunger in 2007. His sensitive vibrato was likened to Roy Orbison's, but there's really quite a chasm between the Big O's ethereal elegance and Denny's more earthbound timbre and flickers of humor.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter'

Spider Bags' new album, Frozen Letter, comes out Aug. 5.
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Upon the dissolution of his old, great New Jersey punk band, the DC Snipers, Dan McGee's two former band members went the way of Horatio Alger, with Eric Holmgren running the Daggerman label in the boom-bust heyday of late '00s garage punk, and Mike Sniper helming the wildly popular Captured Tracks imprint. McGee stayed the course with music, moving down to North Carolina and toughing it out with his follow-up group, Spider Bags. Following multiple lineup and label switcheroos, McGee has stripped the group down to a trio and made another fine rock 'n' roll record in Frozen Letter.

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Music Interviews
5:14 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Life Beyond The Dance Floor

Fin Greenall, the singer-songwriter behind the band Fink, began his music career as a DJ.
Tommy N Lance Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 7:15 pm

Fin Greenall is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His band, Fink, has been releasing albums since 2006 and dropped its latest, Hard Believer, this month. He's also a songwriter for hire, who has lent his talents to tracks by John Legend and Amy Winehouse. But before any of this, he was a success in a very different world: dance music.

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Newport Folk Festival
2:26 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Jenny Lewis performs at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.
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Jenny Lewis' voice has helped provide a soundtrack to the last 15 years, but it's not part of one specific sound: She's sung heartsick ballads and spiky rock (in Rilo Kiley), summery surf-pop (in Jenny and Johnny), winsome electro-pop (in

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Movie Interviews
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

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Music Interviews
8:12 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

Ceci Bastida's second full-length album, La Edad De La Violencia, was released this June.
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Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 11:26 am

La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Tijuana-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point: She was pregnant when she began writing her latest set of songs, and found her joy tempered with concern about raising a child in a violent world. Bastida spoke about the origins of the album with NPR's Arun Rath; hear their conversation at the audio link.

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