All Songs Considered
1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

New Mix: Damon Albarn, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, More

Clockwise from upper left: Damon Albarn, Sharon Van Etten, Beach House, Slow Club
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 4:22 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered: A premiere from Beach House, the first-ever solo project from Damon Albarn, and a brand new song from singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:38 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83

Robert Ashley's operas for television redefined the genre.
Joanne Savio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 7:50 pm

Robert Ashley, a restlessly innovative American composer, died at his home in New York March 3 from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. NPR confirmed the composer's death through his wife and manager Mimi Johnson. Ashley was 83.

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Code Switch
11:24 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?

Nicki Minaj's commercial success over the last decade has stood as an exception to the unwritten rule that women rappers no longer have a place among elite artists.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 4:40 pm

This piece comes to us from Erik Nielson, an assistant professor at the University of Richmond. He teaches classes on hip-hop culture and African American literature.

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All Songs Considered
9:45 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Hundred Waters, 'Cavity'

The Gainsville, Fla. quartet Hundred Waters. The band's second album will be out on May 27.
Nicole Miglis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 1:26 pm

Here's some great news: On May 27, the Gainesville, Fla. quartet Hundred Waters will release its second album (via OWSLA, the label run by Skrillex), and today the band has shared a brand new song, "Cavity," along with an eerily beautiful video.

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5:16 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Metropolis: 3/1/14

Tourist's new song, "I Can't Keep Up," was featured on this week's show.
Adam Kissick NPR

• Tycho, "See" (Ghostly International)

• Rufus Du Sol, "Modest Life" (Sweat It Out!)

• Sleight Of Hands, "Sometimes" (Smoke N'Mirrors)

• Shur-I-Kan, "Won't Love, Can't Love" (Lazy Days Recordings)

• Sleight Of Hands, "Seal The Deal" (Smoke N'Mirrors)

• Sharam Jey, Night Talk, "The Future" (Bunny Tiger)

• Tensnake, "Pressure" (Astralwerks)

• Chromeo, "Jealous (I Ain't With It)" (Big Beat / Atlantic)

• Tourist, "I Cant Keep Up" (Method)

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Music Reviews
1:04 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

Chuck Mead.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 2:25 pm

In "Reno County Girl," Chuck Mead serenades us with a tale about a young woman with whom his narrator fell in love. It's a loping country song, Mead's version of cowboy music, but as its pretty melody unfurls, you realize that its scenario is bleak: Mead's character urged her to leave home despite the objections of her father, and it turns out Daddy was right — this guy leaves her all by her lonesome much of the time.

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12:28 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Moves To Missy Elliot

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 12:39 pm

Robert Battle is the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, so music is a big part of his job. He shares the songs that move him for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series.

10:03 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Austin 100: A SXSW 2014 Mix

Becky Black's band The Pack A.D. is featured as part of NPR Music's downloadable 100-song SXSW preview.
Mark Horton WireImage

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 10:55 am

Every year, more than 2,000 acts swarm to SXSW — and every year, NPR Music painstakingly handpicks 100 of the music festival's best discoveries for a downloadable six-hour sampler. We call it The Austin 100, and it's virtually guaranteed to contain something you'll love that you didn't know existed.

For the next 30 days, you can download The Austin 100 from this page — either song by song, or with one click, in its 839 MB entirety — as well as stream it as a continuous mix, both here and through NPR Music's various mobile apps.

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Favorite Sessions
8:53 am
Mon March 3, 2014

KEXP Presents: Band Of Horses

Band of Horses performed live on KEXP.
Renata Steiner KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:37 pm

"Are you digging our laid-back vibe?" Band of Horses band leader Ben Bridwell asked the audience during the group's recent concert at Seattle's Moore Theatre. Following their recently released live recording, Acoustic at the Ryman, Bridwell and company chose to perform very loose, rootsy interpretations of their most well-known songs, often gathering the core string players — Bridwell, Ryan Monroe and Tyler Ramsey — around a single microphone, old-timey style.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'

Violinist Augustin Hadelich pairs a classic concerto with a contemporary one on this new album.
Rosalie O'Connor

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:54 am

Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet Augustin Hadelich, the 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents. On his new album, to be released March 11, he pairs two searching, seemingly disparate violin concertos — one classic and one contemporary.

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