Music

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.
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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.
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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.

Songs We Love
9:03 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Song Premiere: Mimicking Birds, 'Dead Weight'

Mimicking Birds.
Ben Moon Courtesy of the artist

For years, Nate Lacy's Mimicking Birds project has been linked to his friends and colleagues in Modest Mouse. That band's singer, Isaac Brock, released both of Mimicking Birds' terrific studio albums on his Glacial Pace label, and both groups are scheduled to tour together in August.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
4:43 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Jimmy Greene Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

Jimmy Greene.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Jimmy Greene's newest album, Beautiful Life, is dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter. Ana Márquez-Greene was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Greene paid tribute to his daughter by composing and arranging a genre-spanning album to reflect the way she lived.

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Music Reviews
4:15 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Review: 'The Muscle Shoals Recordings,' SteelDrivers

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:14 pm

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