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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

First Listen: Owen Pallett, 'In Conflict'

Owen Pallett's new album, In Conflict, comes out May 27.
Peter Juhl Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:08 am

It's been a good half-year for Owen Pallett.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

First Listen: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, 'A Long Way To The Beginning'

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80's new album, A Long Way to the Beginning, comes out May 27.
Johann Sauty Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:07 am

Here's the starting point for the story of Seun Kuti: He's the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He began playing with his father's band Egypt 80 at age 8 — and took it over upon his father's death just six years later.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

First Listen: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, 'Dereconstructed'

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires' new album, Dereconstructed, comes out May 27.
Wes Frazer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:08 am

In north central Alabama, punk rockers often know as much about football as they do mosh pits. A guy with an arm-sleeve tattoo will open the door for a woman and call her "ma'am." Self-identifying as a blue dot in a red state doesn't preclude Sunday brunch with relatives whose own cars boast confederate-flag stickers. Such differences can arise anywhere, but they can feel more pressing in the Deep South, where history is sticky, like a 90-degree rainy day, and intimate, like Grandma's questionable advice.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

First Listen: Hundred Waters, 'The Moon Rang Like A Bell'

Hundred Waters' new album, The Moon Rang Like a Bell, comes out May 27.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:09 am

It's counter-intuitive, but making deeply emotional music often comes across as a matter of restraint and timing, calculation and manipulation, rather than as an indulgence or purging. All over its darkly shimmering second album, Hundred Waters shows a new ability to pull listeners' strings. Think of musical intensity as an instrument to be mastered — twisted and pulled in different directions, not just dialed up or back.

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Music Interviews
3:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Six Decades Later, A Long-Lost Hank Williams Recording Resurfaces

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 11:35 am

Transcript

TESS VIGELAND, HOST:

All right. If you're just joining us, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Tess Vigeland.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVE RADIO BROADCAST)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: It's "The Garden Spot" Program presenting the songs of Hank Williams.

VIGELAND: Let's travel back for a few minutes to the year 1950.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

HANK WILLIAMS: (Singing) Hello, everybody, Garden Spot is on the air. So just relax and listen in your easy rocking chair.

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Favorite Sessions
6:03 am
Sun May 18, 2014

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Protect-U

Protect-U performs live for WAMU's Bandwidth.
WAMU

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:16 pm

The free-form duo Protect-U is part of a small electronic-music community in the nation's capital. It sprouts from unlikely but fertile ground: punk and hardcore, which inform the darker tendencies that turn up on Protect-U's recent debut album, Free USA.

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Music News
3:29 am
Sun May 18, 2014

How Do You Wring Sound From Sculpture? It Takes A 'Quiet Pride'

Rufus Reid has played with just about everybody in the mainstream jazz world. His latest project, Quiet Pride, is based on works by the late sculptor and civil rights activist Elizabeth Catlett.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 9:24 am

Bassist and composer Rufus Reid has been playing jazz for half a century. He's worked with just about everyone, from saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz to singer Nancy Wilson and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

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The Record
3:37 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

The Three Kinds Of Posthumous Albums (And Where Michael Jackson Fits In)

Dancers pose reverently in the video for "Love Never Felt So Good," the lead single from Michael Jackson's posthumous Xscape album.
YouTube

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 8:32 pm

This weekend on All Things Considered, NPR Music's critic Ann Powers spoke with guest host Tess Vigeland about Xscape: the posthumous Michael Jackson album released Tuesday, on which contemporary producers flesh out unfinished demos from throughout Jackson's career. (Read our review for details.)

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Alt.Latino
7:03 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Pachanga Festival 2014: Austin's Best-Kept Secret, Revealed

Vocalist Alex Marrero channels his inner Ozzy during a set by Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath.
Lizzie Chen for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 9:24 am

Austin, Texas, is known for its massive music festivals, like SXSW and Austin City Limits. But alongside these epic, world-renowned events are some hidden gems.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:03 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert

Iestyn Davies performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 9:05 am

The Bee Gees did it. So do Smokey Robinson, Prince and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. They all sing in the high register usually associated with female singers.

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