If it's not careful, the Sub Pop label is going to exceed its reputation for breaking rock bands with its new discoveries in experimental hip-hop. Following its success with the space-hop outworlders in Shabazz Palaces and the earthy psych-rap enchantresses in THEESatisfaction, the Seattle label recently signed L.A.
You might recognize Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House - the brilliant, acerbic main character in the TV series "House."
(SOUNDBITE OF TV SERIES, "HOUSE")
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) How can you treat someone without meeting them?
HUGH LAURIE: (as Dr. Gregory House) It's easy if you don't give a crap about it. That's a good thing. If emotions made you act rationally, well, they wouldn't be called emotions, right? That's why we have this nice division of labor. You hold his hand, I get him better.
Vince Gill has been making records since he was a teenager. Paul Franklin plays pedal-steel guitar like few others have. The two country legends have a new album together titled Bakersfield.
It's a tribute to a particular kind of country music that came out of Bakersfield, Calif., and was created and championed by a couple of guys from that town named Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Gill says the Bakersfield sound grew out of musicians moving west in the hope of scratching out a living.
When it comes to Tiny Desk Concerts, we're suckers for milestones at NPR Music: We're gearing up to acknowledge No. 300, for example, and are constantly taking note of the first time a musician trots out a particular rare instrument or does something else no one has done in front of us before.
William Tyler takes the stage at the Trumpet Blossom Café, a vegan restaurant and bar in Iowa City. Surrounded by effects pedals for his guitar, he wears jeans and black cowboy boots, and his fingernails are about an inch long.