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2:31 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Review: 'Amanecer,' Bomba Estereo

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 4:30 pm

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1:48 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'Jurassic World'

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World.
Chuck Zlotnick Universal Pictures

You may have heard that Jurassic World made more than $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend. That's $500 million, 5-0-0. Its nearly $209 million weekend in the U.S. alone makes it the highest-grossing U.S. opening weekend ever. That's ever, e-ver.

So how's the movie? It's fine. Does it justify having had the biggest domestic box-office opening weekend of all time? That's a pretty tall order for a pretty medium-sized movie, creatively speaking.

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Music Reviews
1:25 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Dawes' New Album Grapples With Regret Without Getting You Down

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. Rock critic Ken Tucker has a review of the new fourth album from the band Dawes called "All Your Favorite Bands." The California quartet is led by lead vocalist and main songwriter Taylor Goldsmith.

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First Listen
9:12 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Review: Wolf Alice, 'My Love Is Cool'

Wolf Alice's new album, My Love Is Cool, comes out June 23.
James Grant Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 7:59 pm

When Ellie Rowsell and Joff Oddie plucked the name Wolf Alice from a collection of short stories by Angela Carter, they were a folk-pop duo armed only with acoustic instruments and a shared love of Carter's twisted fairy tales. They claim to have chosen the name they did purely because it sounded good.

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First Listen
9:08 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Review: Son Lux, 'Bones'

Son Lux's new album, Bones, comes out June 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:01 pm

For years, Ryan Lott, the innovative beat-making composer and sonic mastermind of Son Lux, has sat at the intersection of pop and classical, creating imaginative and complex music for every medium.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Review: Bully, 'Feels Like'

Bully's new album, Feels Like, comes out June 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:04 pm

Alicia Bognanno isn't one for wasted motion: The indefatigable lead singer of Nashville's Bully crafts her songs for maximum impact in minimal time, taking care never to overstay her welcome or overdress her arrangements. Feels Like, the Nashville band's effervescent debut, speeds by in about half an hour, having left behind a trail of two- and three-minute songs that stick in the brain for ages.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Review: Desaparecidos, 'Payola'

Desaparecidos' new album, Payola, comes out June 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:03 pm

Desaparecidos chose an auspicious time to break a 13-year hiatus. Since its last record, 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish, the crusade against disenfranchisement and corruption in America — this band's founding fire — has changed course and broadened. Consider the headlines of the last few years alone: Occupy Wall Street, WikiLeaks, police brutality, Edward Snowden, the transgressions of the NSA. In mid-2015, the fodder for agitated, political punk is both endless and rich.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Review: Meg Baird, 'Don't Weigh Down The Light'

Meg Baird's new album, Don't Weigh Down The Light, comes out June 23.
Amy Harrity Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 9:04 pm

Sunday-morning music is too often overlooked. For the most part, we check out music news while we're sitting at our desks at work, usually during a glance at our social-media feeds. That sort of interaction is inherently brief — we scroll, maybe click, and then it's back to the grind.

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Music Interviews
3:13 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

The Hills Are Alive: Maria Schneider Lets Memory Guide The Music

Maria Schneider's latest album is The Thompson Fields.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 8:41 pm

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Music News
5:43 am
Sun June 14, 2015

How Iggy Azalea Fell From 'Fancy' To Cancelled

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 9:02 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FANCY")

IGGY AZALEA: (Rapping) First things first, I'm the realist. Drop this, and let the whole world feel it.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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