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Field Recordings
8:03 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Cloud Cult: A Moment Of Serenity

KEXP

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 8:38 am

We were about to call it. The band was running late, our phone service wasn't working well backstage in the remoteness of the Sasquatch Music Festival in rural Washington state, and the next band was about to begin on the main stage nearby — thus making the prospect of a Field Recording impossible. Then, suddenly, a white van rolled up, straight from the main gate, and out popped six musicians with stringed and brass instruments.

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Music
4:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

What To Hear Now: This Month In Rock Records

Grizzly Bear's newest full-length, Shields, is one of a heaping handful of exciting new rock albums out this month.
Tom Hines Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 9:57 pm

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World Cafe
4:05 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kelly Hogan On World Cafe

Kelly Hogan.
Neko Case Courtesy of the artist

Kelly Hogan is a professional backup singer who spends a lot of time on the road with her friends Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, Andrew Bird, Robyn Hitchcock and many others.

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Mountain Stage
1:53 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Delta Rae On Mountain Stage

Delta Rae performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 12:21 pm

The folk-rock band Delta Rae makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Huntington, W.V. A six-piece band with four powerful vocalists, Delta Rae was formed on and around the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C.

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Favorite Sessions
1:47 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Bomba De Luz: High School Heroes

Nate Ryan The Current

When Lydia Hoglund sings, her words convey the ache of an old soul. She unspools her melodies in big, booming somersaults that sound both effortless and ageless, her elastic delivery recalling emotive singers like Jeff Buckley and Sharon Van Etten. Yet Hoglund is only 17 — just beginning her senior year at Central High in St. Paul, Minn., and just beginning her journey into music.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:03 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

First Watch: Ben Sollee, 'Unfinished'

Ben Sollee's new album, Half Made Man, comes out Sept. 25.
Courtesy of the artist

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

Ben Sollee is a classically trained cellist whose forays into Americana have led him to work with Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck and Daniel Martin Moore.

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Music Reviews
11:22 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Bob Dylan's Baffling And Sometimes Beautiful 'Tempest'

Bob Dylan's Tempest features 10 new songs with many feisty, baffling, sometimes beautiful moments.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:48 pm

Bob Dylan made the rare mistake of talking about his creative process shortly before the release of Tempest. He told Rolling Stone that he'd originally wanted to write a collection of what he called "religious songs," saying, "That takes a lot more concentration to pull that off — 10 times with the same thread than it does with a record like I ended up with." Which means that either his powers of concentration failed him, or he became distracted by other themes, topics and moods.

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All Songs Considered
11:04 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Atoms For Peace, Tilly & The Wall, Woods, More

Tilly & The Wall (clockwise from upper left), Bad Powers, Thom Yorke and Flea of Atoms For Peace
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 12:24 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered, co-host and producer Robin Hilton offers host Bob Boilen $200 million to walk away from the show forever. Does Bob take the bait?

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Deceptive Cadence
9:09 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Gorecki's 'Miserere,' An A Cappella Oasis Of Calm

A new album of choral music by the late Polish composer Henryk Gorecki creates a calm and welcoming space.
Janek Skarzynski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 1:09 pm

Twenty years have passed since Polish composer Henryk Górecki became one of the most talked about figures in classical music. In 1992, his painfully beautiful Third Symphony, the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs," shot up the charts and was played on the radio everywhere. A recording conducted by David Zinman and featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw sold more than a million copies — huge for a classical album.

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All Songs Considered Blog
8:03 am
Tue September 11, 2012

First Watch: The Raveonettes, 'The Enemy'

Courtesy of the artist

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

Just a year after releasing the full-length album Raven in the Grave, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo — the Danish musicians behind The Raveonettes — are back with yet another shimmering noise-pop record. Observator is out today, and includes the gorgeous cut "The Enemy."

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