Music

The Record
5:08 am
Thu July 2, 2015

The Key To Kacey Musgraves' Hard-Won Country: Funny Women

On Kacey Musgraves' second album, Pageant Material, she follows in the footsteps of several artists who expanded the sometimes binding roles of women in country music.
Kelly Christine Sutton Courtesy of Mercury Nashville

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 12:57 pm

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Review: Stacy Barthe, 'BEcoming'

Stacy Barthe's new album, BEcoming, comes out July 10.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 7:45 am

Stacy Barthe's debut album, BEcoming, is all about brutal, fearless honesty. Having already written songs for a string of modern R&B and pop stars, Barthe first began to break through as a headliner in 2013, as she surfaced on lists of artists to watch and, ultimately, the year's best music.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Review: Anderson East, 'Delilah'

Anderson East's new album, Delilah, comes out July 10.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 7:48 am

If they're lucky, talented and charismatic, young musical men in Nashville can find themselves playing a game of musical Let's Make A Deal. Behind Door No. 1 is a truck, a beer cooler and a lady in snug jeans; the challenge is to make anything out of these party-anthem ingredients that feels fresh and isn't insipid. Door No. 2 conceals the tools of traditionalism — a cowboy (or, currently, trucker) hat, an acoustic guitar and a solid but burdensome set of assumptions about what authentic storytelling can be. Behind Door No. 3? That's the hot spot for people who like to dance.

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All Songs Considered
7:43 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Hear 'Sparks,' A New Song By Beach House

Beach House.
Shawn Brackill Courtesy of the artist

There's a new album coming from Beach House, the dreamy Baltimore-based duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. That album, called Depression Cherry, comes out on Sub Pop on Aug. 28. Today we get to hear a first song from the album, called "Sparks," and I interviewed Beach House about it.

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The Record
3:52 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

'If You Just Do What You Know, That's Boring': DJ Koze's Never-Ending Remix

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 7:14 pm

Understanding the recorded work of most popular musicians — from rock to hip-hop, jazz to country — typically means perusing their albums and singles. There are exceptions, such as rappers' guest appearances: You don't really understand Busta Rhymes' importance if you don't take into account his verse on A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario," for example.

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World Cafe
3:19 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

On World Cafe, A Look At The Grateful Dead's Legacy

David Browne's new book.
Courtesy of the author.

The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour concerts in California have wrapped up, and this weekend, the band moves on to Chicago for its final three shows. From its beginnings in San Francisco, and certainly since the 1970s, the Dead has inspired fans to join it — following the group became a lifestyle.

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World Cafe
2:49 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

DMA's On World Cafe

DMA's.
Courtesy of the artist.

The Australian trio DMA's experienced radio success with the first three singles its members released. On the heels of sold-out tours in Australia and a journey across the U.S., DMA's just released a self-titled EP, with a full-length debut due out next year. The band performs some of its new songs in this World Cafe session, including the hit "Delete."

Microphone Check
2:48 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Vince Staples: 'My Job Is To Keep My Sanity'

Vince Staples onstage in Sacramento in May.
Tim Mosenfelder Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:45 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
2:34 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Claudine Langille

Claudine Langille.
Courtesy of the artist

Join host Fiona Ritchie at the Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with singer (and banjo and mandolin player) Claudine Langille. Hear the way songs and tunes from the Canadian Maritimes, Ireland and Appalachia flow through Langille's music.

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