Live in Concert
5:11 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

M83 In Concert

M83, performing live at the 9:30 Club, in Washington, D.C.
Mito Habe-Evans

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:08 pm

Truth be told, we've been working for a long time to capture and share an M83 show on NPR Music. We tried twice in New York last fall, when the tour for the double album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming started, but it never quite worked out.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:15 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

The Drop: Mala Takes Dubstep To Cuba

The dubstep producer Mala recorded sounds for his new album, Mala In Cuba, during a trip to Havana with the BBC DJ Gilles Peterson.
Teddy Fitzhugh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:56 am

About a decade ago, a duo named Digital Mystikz put out a series of 12" singles on its label, DMZ. The group's music was a hybrid of a number of influences including dub, reggae, drum and bass, grime and two-step, and as the decade wore on, "dubstep" became the name for this uniquely British combination. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, dubstep was embraced by producers in America, who honed in on the aggressive mid- and low-range synths of the tracks coming out of London to make high energy festival jams.

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3:43 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Live Tonight: The 2012 Americana Music Association Awards

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes performs. The group was awarded New/Emerging Artist Of The Year.
Erika Goldring Courtesy of AMA

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 5:07 pm

When the Americana Music Association convenes in Nashville on Sept. 12-15 for its annual conference, it'll be met by another incredible year of festival performances and showcases. While the daytime panels and discussions reflect the organization's dedication to its mission, the nighttime showcases, parties and concerts are what will make the passion of the genre so difficult to ignore.

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World Cafe
3:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Patterson Hood On World Cafe

Patterson Hood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 12:25 pm

Southern rhythms have always been in Patterson Hood's blood. Born in Alabama as the son of David Hood, a bassist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, young Patterson started writing songs at age 8.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
3:24 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

KCRW Presents: Bloc Party


Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:41 pm

When Bloc Party performed this live session for KCRW, it was the first time any of us had heard songs from the band's latest album, Four, aside from the single "Octopus." While "Octopus" is a driving, punk-infused dance track similar to Bloc Party's previous work, the rest of Four seemed more influenced by '90s rock and metal. It was one of the loudest live sessions KCRW has hosted in recent memory, and that's a compliment.

Here's the band's performance of "Octopus."

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Mountain Stage
2:30 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Paul Thorn On Mountain Stage

Paul Thorn performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:06 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:48 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For Sep. 12


Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:58 am

It turns out people really like The Beatles! Every record we've featured from the fab four have consistently rated higher than any other albums in these polls. According to last week's, 85 percent of you love Revolver.

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12:33 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bellamy Dances 'Risky Business' Style To Maroon 5

For Tell Me More's occasional "In Your Ear" series, guests of the program talk about songs they go to for inspiration or just to let loose. Comedian Bill Bellamy turns to Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," and goes into Risky Business style dancing in his living room.

Field Recordings
8:03 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Cloud Cult: A Moment Of Serenity


Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:24 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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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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