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2:36 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

Parquet Courts is a Brooklyn by way of Texas band that has just released its new third record, Sunbathing Animal. The quartet has drawn comparisons to New York rock and punk acts as various as the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.

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All Songs Considered
12:44 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

New Mix: Tom Petty, Lana Del Rey, Adult Jazz, More

Clockwise from top: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Adult Jazz, Lana Del Rey
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Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:02 am

On this week's All Songs Considered: Red-blooded rock-and-roll from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, a dramatic and cinematic turn for singer Lana Del Rey, the off-kilter, genre-bending sounds of Adult Jazz and more.

Co-host Robin Hilton, riding high on a wave of caffeine and nostalgia, kicks off the show with "American Dream Plan B," a straight-ahead guitar-rock cut from the upcoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album Hypnotic Eye.

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All Songs Considered
11:46 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Viking's Choice: Sweat To The Metallic Gloom, Ye Mortals

Mortals.
Samantha Marble Courtesy of the artist

As much as metal continues to expand outward, taking influences from within and outside its heavy foundations, adjective-happy genres like "blackened sludge-thrash" or "crusty stoner-doom" or what-have-you eventually inhabit their own mashed-together signifiers. It's where experimentation loses ground and has the potential to become streamlined. From Mortals' second album, Cursed to See the Future, "Epochryphal Gloom" dynamically digs into the gnarliest extremes of metal in eight minutes.

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Music
6:15 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rhythm Section: Spending A Week Trying To Catch The Beat

Roberto A Sanchez Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:06 pm

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Mountain Stage
5:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rodney Crowell On Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

A Nashville fixture since the 1970s, Crowell has long been regarded as a standard-bearer of country's New Traditionalist movement. Decades later, his work with Emmylou Harris' Hot Band — and with Vince Gill and Tony Brown in the Cherry Bombs — remains the stuff of country-music legend.

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Music Interviews
4:56 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

A Young Man's Loneliness, And His Soulful Falsetto

British singer Sam Smith has just released his debut album, In the Lonely Hour.
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Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:36 am

The British singer Sam Smith broke through with a dance song: His is the voice snaking through "Latch," by the electronic-music duo Disclosure. It became an international club anthem.

In the U.K, he's mentioned in the same breath as superstars Adele or Florence and the Machine. He already has a sold-out U.S. tour, and he has performed on Saturday Night Live. Smith, 22, is now releasing his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. His songs of love and loss are powered by his moody, soulful voice.

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Music
4:49 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From

U.S. Army soldiers take part in a morning run at Camp New York, Kuwait, in 2002.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:13 pm

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Remembrances
3:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:19 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:38 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Rodney Crowell performs at a Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:31 pm

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

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Metropolis
2:36 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Metropolis: 6/14/14

Blood Orange is featured on this week's mix.
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This Week's Tracklist

  • Watermat, "Bullitt" (Promo)
  • Banks, "Drowning (Lido Remix)" (Harvest)
  • Rufus Du Sol, "Sundream (Classixx Remix)" (Sweat It Out!)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves feat. Youngblood Hawke (RAC Mix)" (Pias)
  • Kiesza, "Hideaway (Bixel Boys Remix)" (Lokal Legend)
  • Lxury, "J.A.W.S." (Method Records)
  • Julian Gomes, "Love Song 28 Feat. Bobby (Atjazz Galaxy Aart Remix)" (Promo)
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