Music Interviews
12:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Owen Pallett: The Consummate Musician, In Conflict

Owen Pallett's latest album is called In Conflict.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 10:15 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert

Hozier performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Alex Schelldorf/NPR NPR

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:09 pm

Andrew Hozier-Byrne's voice is so rich, so vital and so soulful, I'm certain I'll follow his music for a long time to come. The 24-year-old Irishman, who performs under the name Hozier, opens this set with the brilliant and instantly grabby song "Take Me to Church," about passion, sex and religion.

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Song Travels
12:16 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Tom Wopat On 'Song Travels'

Tom Wopat.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 2:25 pm

Actor and vocalist Tom Wopat rose to fame when he was cast in the role of Luke Duke on the iconic TV show The Dukes of Hazzard. More roles soon followed, including the TV show Cybill and the touring production of Annie Get Your Gun. He also appeared in the 2012 film Django Unchained.

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All Songs Considered
11:31 am
Tue May 27, 2014

New Mix: Royksopp & Robyn, LP, Bishop Allen, More

Clockwise from upper left: Röyksopp & Robyn, LP, Bishop Allen, Strand Of Oaks
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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:14 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered we roll the windows down with a wind-whipped, sun-dappled mix of rock and pop, starting with an epic jam from the musician Timothy Showalter, who writes and records as Strand Of Oaks. The song, "JM" — a tribute to the late Jason Molina — rumbles and roars, propelled by Showalter's scorched guitar and voice.

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Music Videos
10:52 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Mark Stewart On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Q2 Music

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:06 am

In his own words, Mark Stewart makes a living playing a little bit of popular music, quite a bit of semi-popular music and an enormous amount of unpopular music — the last being all the music you probably haven't heard.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:29 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz

Jon Faddis.
Jean Francois Laberine Courtesy of the artist

Jon Faddis is one of today's premier trumpet players and an accomplished teacher, composer, conductor and recording artist. Faddis consistently exemplifies an unparalleled range and dazzling technique, with a style that evokes Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Roy Eldridge.

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10:05 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Guest DJ: Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz takes over the first hour of Metropolis this week.
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Born in Sweden, raised in the U.K. and based in L.A., Eric Prydz is a DJ and producer on the verge of a big year. With a handful of milestones in the works — including a full-length album, the 10-year anniversary of his own record label, and a new single — the hard-working DJ isn't finding much time to enjoy the summer weather in his new home of Southern California.

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It's All Politics
12:54 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan

Country music singer Brad Paisley performs during a troop rally with President Obama during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field on Sunday.
Evan Vucci AP

Brad Paisley is well-known as a top-selling country music star. Turns out, he's a pretty good juggler, too.

Paisley joined President Obama in a surprise trip to Afghanistan this Memorial Day weekend, playing for some 3,000 troops at the Bagram Airfield. Just 24 hours earlier, Paisley was the headliner at the Tree Town Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa.

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Music Reviews
12:03 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Two New Items From Hank Williams

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:46 am



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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Mon May 26, 2014

KEXP Presents: Lykke Li

Lykke Li performs live at KEXP.
Renata Steiner KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:50 am

Lykke Li may sing about repeating past mistakes, but on her new album, I Never Learn, the Swedish singer-songwriter has clearly grown. While continuing to work with Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), who contributed to her first two albums, Li took the helm in producing this time around. Musically, the results are darker and more melancholy; lyrically, she pulls no punches in relating the heartbreak that informs its songs.

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