Music

Mountain Stage
1:51 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Elizabeth Cook On Mountain Stage

Elizabeth Cook performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 11:42 am

Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Cook's first appearance on the show took place nearly 10 years ago, and since then her star has risen slowly and steadily.

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Live in Concert
1:16 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Grizzly Bear In Concert

Christopher Parks

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 10:54 am

Grizzly Bear began in 2004 as a bedroom recording project for Massachusetts native Ed Droste. His early songs were mostly trippy, atmospheric and roughly sketched soundscapes, but by 2006, Grizzly Bear had evolved into a full band and released the slightly more polished album Yellow House. The group's 2009 breakthrough, Veckatimist, and the new Shields are both richly layered productions with gorgeous, soaring harmonies and artful melodies and rhythms.

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Music Reviews
1:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Brad Mehldau: (Unlikely) Songs By Other People

Brad Mehldau's latest covers project, Where Do You Start, came out Tuesday.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:23 pm

At this point, there's nothing special about jazz musicians playing post-Beatles pop: It's just the new normal. But one of the trendsetters on that score was pianist Brad Mehldau and his versions of Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes. Now, Mehldau's trio has a new covers album out.

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Favorite Sessions
10:58 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Menomena: Keeping Portland Weird

Nathan Quigley opbmusic.org

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 12:00 pm

The Portland, Ore., rock band Menomena has just released Moms, its fourth album — and first since co-founder Brent Knopf left the group last year. The band's core members, Justin Harris and Danny Seim, carry forward Menomena's musical hallmarks (meaty baritone sax, bassline spines, rhythms that turn on a dime), which have made its sound such an original all these years.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:36 am
Tue September 18, 2012

First Watch: Corin Tucker Band, 'Neskowin'

The Corin Tucker Band, from left: Sarah Lund, Corin Tucker, Seth Lorinczi and Mike Clark — dressed up as X-Ray Spex in the video for "Neskowin."
Alicia J. Rose aliciajrosephotography.com

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 8:17 pm

Kill My Blues, the second album by the Corin Tucker Band, is out today, and to celebrate, we've got the excellent video for the band's song "Neskowin."

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World Cafe
3:46 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Next: Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Holy Ghost Tent Revival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:21 pm

  • Hear two new tracks from Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Since 2008, the North Carolina band Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been crafting a sound rooted in its members' Southern upbringing. Along the way, it's made the transition from playing acoustic bluegrass and folk to becoming a soul-rock horn band that recalls '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz.

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Monkey See
3:20 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

'American Idol' Picks New Judges And Makes A Surprising Grab For Relevance

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson will work together on this season of American Idol.
Michael Becker FOX

American Idol has always been a show with two audiences: the real one and the imagined one. The real one has a median viewer age of about 50, while the imagined one has a median age of about 15. You don't see the real audience frantically waving signs during the live show, but the imagined one. Idol enjoys presenting itself as a phenomenon for excitement-hungry teenagers, but in fact, it's just as much a phenomenon for their parents.

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Mountain Stage
1:28 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Justin Townes Earle On Mountain Stage

Justin Townes Earle performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 11:41 am

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Backed by his own band — which includes Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, Vince Ilagan on upright bass and Jon Radford on drums — Earle plays songs from his new album, Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.

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The Record
12:10 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

International Hits: Keep Summer Alive With 'Tacata'

Tacabro.
Courtesy of the artists.

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 5:11 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:10 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra during Tiny Desk at NPR. (Kainaz Amaria/NPR)
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 10:06 am

A primal, turbulent and artful slice of pop, the new Amanda Palmer record has won my heart. Theatre Is Evil's first song is a wall of well-defined noise that, I'll admit, had me throwing my fist in the air when no one else was around. It was the same feeling I had hearing David Bowie's "It's No Game" from Scary Monsters more than 30 years ago.

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