Music

Favorite Sessions
2:19 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

KCRW Presents: Matmos

Matmos at KCRW.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:34 pm

The Baltimore duo Matmos crafts a unique brand of experimental pop music. Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt use abstract instrumentation like elk whistles, balloons and bowls of water to create their rich sound, which makes for a performance unlike any other we've seen on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Matmos recently joined us to perform songs from its latest album, The Marriage of True Minds.

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Music Reviews
4:19 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Bombino: A Desert Rock 'Nomad' Rolls Into Nashville

Bombino's new album is titled Nomad.
Ron Wyman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:56 pm

Tuareg bands are natural rockers. These desert nomads have a history of harsh physical challenges, long separations, nostalgia and rebellion — elements that give their music gritty authenticity. There's something about their ambling, tuneful songs that fits perfectly with the bite and snarl of electric guitars.

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The Record
4:18 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Mark Lanegan: A Secret Rock Star Still Shines Darkly

In 2012, Mark Lanegan released the album Blues Funeral. Black Pudding, an album-length collaboration with guitarist and singer Duke Garwood, will come out in May.
Sam Holden Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 3:41 pm

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World Cafe
2:30 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Kail Baxley: Music From An Amateur Boxer Who Danced For James Brown

Kail Baxley.
Courtesy of the artist

When Kail Baxley was a kid growing up in Williston, S.C., James Brown used to challenge him to dance-offs. Baxley didn't win so much. He did better as an amateur boxer — his key to getting out of the small town and traveling to Europe and Africa.

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Music Reviews
2:25 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Kacey Musgraves: Country's Blunt And Poetic New Voice

Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" was one of NPR Music's favorite songs of 2012.
Kelly Christine Musgraves Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 2:46 pm

Kacey Musgraves is something of an anomaly. A Texas native in her mid-20s, she fits most easily into the contemporary "country" category, but the work she co-writes with a variety of collaborators is really a throwback to an earlier era of singer-songwriters — as much influenced by rock and folk as by country.

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All Songs Considered
1:17 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

First Watch: Keaton Henson, 'You'

Courtesy of the artist

The Keaton Henson who appears on the new album Birthdays is an avowed hermit with a profoundly broken heart. He also has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard. The 24 year-old singer from London, who says he rarely leaves his bedroom, bares his wrecked emotional remains in an arresting new video for the song "You."

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All Songs Considered
1:17 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

A Song About Sex, Redemption For A James Brown Impersonator, And A Major Heartbreaker

Clockwise from upper left: Olof Arnalds, Keaton Henson, Karl Bartos and Charles Bradley
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue April 23, 2013 9:12 pm

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton go on a haphazard musical journey across the globe to share their favorite new discoveries. Manchester's The 1975 start things off with the band's punchy song called "Sex." Then we head to Brooklyn for soul singer Charles Bradley, who keeps things heated with "You Put The Flame On It," a track from his upcoming album Victim Of Love.

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Mountain Stage
11:04 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Black Prairie On Mountain Stage

Black Prairie performs live at Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:15 pm

Black Prairie makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. An energetic string band of unexpected depth, Black Prairie features three members of The Decemberists.

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Favorite Sessions
10:45 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Frightened Rabbit: Rock With A Scottish Brogue

Frightened Rabbit.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:28 am

The Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit has evolved considerably. First, it morphed from a solo project for singer-guitarist Scott Hutchison into a full-fledged band. Then, it made a transition from the skeletal sound of 2007's Singing the Greys toward the fuller, cleaner rock of Frightened Rabbit's ensuing albums, 2008's The Midnight Organ Fight and 2010's The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

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NPR Jazz Live
8:22 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Chick Corea And SFJAZZ Collective: Live At SFJAZZ

Chick Corea performs with the SFJAZZ Collective at the SFJAZZ Center opening night.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:12 am

Every year, an all-star assemblage of today's jazz musicians called the SFJAZZ Collective picks a different all-time-great jazz composer to feature. The band then applies its own arrangements to that composer's tunes.

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