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8:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Metz: A Royal 'Headache'

Metz performs live on KEXP in Seattle.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 1:11 pm

If you aren't excited to have the loud, aggressive post-hardcore band Metz live on the air with you, then you might as turn in your headphones. All early reports back from listeners and fellow DJs had been that the Toronto band brings it live, and in the studio at KEXP, Metz did just that. Alex Edkins' ferocious vocals and guitar work, Chris Slorach's rumbling bass and Hayden Menzies' pummeling drums all added up to one of the loudest and best sessions I've seen this year.

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  • Audio Engineer: Jackson Long
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The Record
3:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey

The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it.
Courtesy of The $100 Guitar Project

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 8:20 pm

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Music News
2:03 am
Tue December 4, 2012

3 Strings And A Snakeskin: Okinawa's Native Instrument

In subtropical Japan, the sanshin is a ubiquitous part of life.
Collection of Museo Azzarini, Universidad Nacional de La Plata Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 9:37 am

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Deceptive Cadence
5:45 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Bach, Beatboxed

From The Top

Originally published on Sun December 9, 2012 9:14 am

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

The Wallflowers On World Cafe

Jakob Dylan and his Wallflowers sat down with David Dye on World Cafe.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 1:55 pm

The Wallflowers recently reconnected, or "rebooted" so to speak, to release their first studio album since 2005's Rebel, Sweetheart, and with a slightly tweaked line-up they pick up right where they left off. It's safe to say that Dylan and the band — which includes founding member Rami Jaffee on keyboards, long-term bassist Greg Richling, Stuart Mathis on guitar and newly acquired drummer Jack Irons — have recharged their collective creative battery. Glad All Over is an energized collection of signature tunes from The Wallflowers that fans have been itching for.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Next: Guards

Guards.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 10:42 am

It's hard to say anything about Guards without eventually bringing up Cults, another band from Brooklyn whose upbeat melodic pop draws heavy influence from the '60s. The two groups share more than just stylistic influences, though: Singer and bandleader Richie Follin is the brother of Madeline Follin, Cults' lead singer. In fact, a handful of the songs Richie Follin has released with Guards began their lives as Cults tunes.

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All Songs Considered
2:42 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Song Premiere: Kishi Bashi, 'It's Christmas, But It's Not White Here In Our Town'

Courtesy of the artist

Kishi Bashi, my favorite new artist of the year, now has a holiday song. It's such a great way to bring us back around to a musician I first discovered while sifting through 1,300 songs for the South by Southwest music festival back at the beginning of the year. We all ended up falling in love with his music.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Tiny Desk Concert

Classics in Concert
11:08 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Live Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET: Gustavo Dudamel Leads The Simon Bolivar Symphony

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Ramin Talaie NPR

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 9:56 pm

When conductor Gustavo Dudamel brings the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) to Carnegie Hall as the culmination of a two-week, five-city tour, many of its 200 musicians will have traveled a long way from desperate poverty and crime.

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