Music

All Songs TV
3:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Bear's Den, 'Elysium'

Bear's Den: 'Elysium'
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:20 am

Sometimes music and life intersect in ways beyond words. Filmmaker James Marcus Haney set out to do two things, make a music video for the British trio Bear's Den and capture the last days of his little brothers carefree college days with friends.

What he wound up with is tragic and poignant. Shortly after arriving in Seattle to film, a campus shooting occurred. Haney relayed his story to me via email. He's as good with words as he is with imagery. I'm going to let him tell the story.

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Music Articles
3:46 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Mobbed by teenage girls wherever he went, Billy Eckstine at one time rivaled Frank Sinatra's popularity.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 7:56 pm

Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone.

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Metropolis
2:53 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Metropolis: 7/5/14

A remix of Kiesza's "Hideaway" was featured on this week's show.
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This Week's Tracklist

  • Bassnectar, "You & Me (feat. W. Darling)" (Amorphous Music)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves (feat. Youngblood Hawke)" ([PIAS] America)
  • Kiesza, "Hideaway (Static Revenger vs. Latroit Remix)" (Lokal Legend)
  • James Curd & Luke Million feat. Nah Man!, "Say The Words To You" (Mr. Kim's Records)
  • Watermät, "Bullit (Original Mix)" (Spinnin' Deep)
  • Oliver $ And Jimi Jules, "Pushing On" (Defected Records)
  • Louis La Roche, "Kaboom" (OM Records)
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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert

Moon Hooch performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 1:34 pm

People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.

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Front Row
1:34 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Front Row: Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys performing in March as part of Front Row Boston.
WGBH

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:36 pm

It's fitting that the first episode of Front Row Boston (a new digital and television series produced by WGBH Music and Crossroads Presents in association with NPR Music) features Boston-based Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys. Here they perform "The Boys Are Back" from their eighth studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood.

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Music
1:32 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Pink's 'Try' Encourages 'Tell Me More' Executive Producer

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:44 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. That's the part of the program where we ask some of our guests what they're listening to these days. But as this program winds down, our last broadcast is scheduled for August 1st, we thought it would be nice to hear what members of our staff are listening to. What they like to have playing as they workout, or chill out, or put the show together. So let's hear what the big boss, our executive producer Carline Watson, has on her playlist.

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Music
1:20 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Favorite Sessions
11:22 am
Mon July 7, 2014

KEXP Presents: Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe performs live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Renata Steiner KEXP

With all the sunlight in Los Angeles, it's easy to overlook the beauty in the darkness there. Yet Chelsea Wolfe doesn't. The SoCal singer-songwriter has carved a unique place in the musical landscape with her epic "drone-metal-art-folk" style. On her recent third album, Pain Is Beauty, she takes a decidedly more electronic approach to her haunting sound, further highlighting her timeless singing, powerful arrangements and seductively mysterious aesthetic.

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All Songs Considered
11:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Song Premiere: An Unlikely Collaboration From Cat Power And Coldplay

Wish I Was Here
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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:51 am

It seems the unlikeliest of collaborations: Cat Power, a American songwriter and singer who can be quiet and somewhat insular, and Coldplay, now a veteran band from London that is immensely popular, confident and bold. And still, what happens in this recording, the title track for the film Wish I Was Here, feels so right.

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First Listen
10:05 am
Mon July 7, 2014

First Listen: Slow Club, 'Complete Surrender'

Slow Club's new album, Complete Surrender, comes out July 15.
Andy Earl Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:08 am

Sheffield, England — the setting for The Full Monty and part of the British equivalent of the Rust Belt — seems an unlikely spawning ground for the wistful pop of this duo with a deceptively static name. But from the youthful, acoustic-and-harmony-based pop of their early material to the more elaborate arrangements of 2011's Paradise, Slow Club's music has always had an upful sheen that's sometimes belied by melancholy lyrics and melodies.

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