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12:03 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Eilen Jewell, The Half-Broke Horse Of Idaho, Returns Home

Eilen Jewell at Military Reserve Park in Boise, Idaho.
Otto Kitsinger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:54 am

When Eilen Jewell was growing up in Boise, she says she had a sense of wanderlust.

"I always felt like I wanted to leave," Jewell says. "And I remember when I learned the word 'wanderlust,' I felt like I finally had a word to describe myself."

Jewell did wander. She went to college in New Mexico and busked on the streets of Venice Beach. She even went back to Boise — that didn't work out. Next, she tried Boston.

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Music Reviews
12:39 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 12:40 pm

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Music News
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Swedish singer Seinabo Sey.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:52 am

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Music News
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

'Desired Effect' Reveals How Important Family Is To Rocker Brandon Flowers

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:47 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A decade ago, you could hardly turn on the radio without hearing this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MR. BRIGHTSIDE")

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Music Reviews
2:34 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Review: 'In The Beginning,' Wes Montgomery

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

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He was one of the most influential guitarists of all time.

(SOUNDBITE OF WES MONTGOMERY SONG, "AIREGIN")

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

First Listen: Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, 'Django And Jimmie'

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's new album, Django And Jimmie, comes out June 2.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Love your old uncles while you have them. Mine used to hang around near the drinks table at family gatherings, comparing the weird bumps growing on their ears, sharing jokes they'd learned in the Army, and blowing the kids away with stories culled from decades' worth of interesting exploits. Most have gone to the next beyond by now, but I hold my uncles' devil-may-care spirit close to my heart. People have a lot to learn from those among them who've lived long enough to not worry about any particular outcome.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

First Listen: Algiers, 'Algiers'

Algiers' self-titled debut comes out June 2.
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On the surface, punk and gospel might appear to be on different ends of the musical spectrum — one given to loud guitars, screams and nihilism, the other to solemnity, its sanctified voices professing the deepest of beliefs. One seeks to raze tradition, the other to embrace it. But as compilations like Goodbye, Babylon, the Rev.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

First Listen: Dawes, 'All Your Favorite Bands'

Dawes' new album, All Your Favorite Bands, comes out June 2.
Courtesy of the artist

The young man sounds a bit shaken. His lover, perhaps the love of his life, has departed. He's surveying his options, talking to her even though she's not there, the way the jilted sometimes do. "I could wring out each memory until I get every drop."

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

First Listen: SOAK, 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'

SOAK's debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, comes out June 2.
Courtesy of the artist

The first words Bridie Monds-Watson sings on her debut album double as a tidy thesis statement: "A teenage heart is an unguided dart." The Irish singer-songwriter, who records under the name SOAK, made Before We Forgot How To Dream while she was still 18 — some of these songs date back to her early teens — so she knows whereof she speaks.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Carnation'

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