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The Thistle & Shamrock
12:00 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

The Thistle And Shamrock: New Fall Sounds

Breabach.
Archie MacFarlane Courtesy of the artist

Get a few ideas for your holiday gift shopping as Fiona Ritchie introduces new releases from debuting artists that have caught her ear, as well as favorite players who have helped to define the genre.

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Live in Concert
10:27 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Sound Opinions Presents Savages, Live In Concert

Savages, performing live at Chicago's Lincoln Hall
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 11:20 am

British post-punk act Savages came to America via SXSW in March 2013 and left a guitar-shaped hole in many critics' hearts. The band ratcheted up the hype with its first album, Silence Yourself, released to nearly universal acclaim in May.

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The Mix
8:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

The Mix: Northern Soul Radio

Marvin Gaye walks ahead of his Rolls Royce in Notting Hill, London, in 1976.
John Minihan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 6:08 pm

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Music Videos
8:03 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan

Tenor Nicholas Phan and harpist Sivan Magen perform at a group house in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 1:21 pm

Composer Benjamin Britten, whose 100th birth anniversary falls on Nov. 22nd, is so deeply associated with his native England that he's on a new 50-pence coin issued by the Royal Mint.

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World Cafe
4:35 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Jake Bugg On World Cafe

Jake Bugg.
Courtesy of the artist

British sensation Jake Bugg, 19, visits WXPN's studios for Tuesday's installment of World Cafe. Bugg's self-titled debut topped the U.K. charts when it was released last year — and the success didn't stop there. The singer-songwriter was featured on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival this year, and nominated for British Breakthrough Act at the 2013 Brit Awards.

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Mountain Stage
3:53 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band On Mountain Stage

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:32 am

The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. One of the most respected and accomplished instrumentalists in popular music, Jorgenson co-founded country-rock's pioneering Desert Rose Band, spent more than half a decade in Elton John's touring band, and led the group of country-guitar wizards known as the Hellecasters.

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All Songs Considered
1:59 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

New Mix: Death Grips, Angel Olsen, GEMS, and More

Clockwise from upper left: Angel Olsen, Ages And Ages, Death Grips, GEMS.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 3:40 pm

On this episode of All Songs Considered, hear Robin Hilton explain why he has a Yo Gabba Gabba! song stuck in his head every day, and how the best remedy this week has been the new Death Grips record, Government Plates.

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All Songs Considered
12:13 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Pixies, 'What Goes Boom'

World premiere video for a brand new Pixies song, "What Goes Boom."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:13 pm

It's been several months since longtime Pixies bassist Kim Deal left the band, and the remaining members are still figuring out how to play together. But the group's new sound seems to coalesce on its latest single and video, "What Goes Boom."

"Since the reunion, there are sounds that I've been coming up with," guitarist Joey Santiago tells us via email. "And a lot of them just got condensed into this one song, with me going sh*thouse on guitar."

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Deceptive Cadence
12:00 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten

A portrait of the composer Benjamin Britten from 1948.
Denis De Marney Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 12:57 pm

British composer Benjamin Britten was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film Moonrise Kingdom last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those.

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World Cafe
5:36 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

World Cafe Next: July Talk

Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 9:56 am

  • July Talk On World Cafe

This week's pick for World Cafe: Next is the Canadian indie-rock group July Talk. The band's appearance also ties into this month's Sense of Place: Toronto series, and features a live studio session.

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