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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Protomartyr, 'Under Color Of Official Right'

Protomartyr's new album, Under Color of Official Right, comes out April 8.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:11 am

There's nothing wrong with music that doubles as an outpouring of joy: sing-along choruses, ecstatic vocals, outsize emotion — a positive outlook on life, generally speaking. If that's your thing, Protomartyr is here to spill it all over the front of your nice, new shirt, possibly scalding you in the process.

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First Listen
9:03 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Todd Terje, 'It's Album Time'

Todd Terje's It's Album Time comes out April 8.
Christian Belgaux Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:54 pm

Nothing is perfect, but some things nearly are, and Todd Terje's song "Inspector Norse" is one of them. It's the sound of pure faith in human kindness, a full glass of champagne at the inaugural beach party — before it all goes wrong, before you get blistering sunburn and an endless hangover and curse the loser who robbed you of what could have been the best summer of your life. Even if all of that does happen, you can just hit play the first day of the next summer. Same effect.

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First Listen
9:02 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Teebs, 'E S T A R A'

Teebs' new album, E S T A R A, comes out April 8.
Theo Jemison Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:03 am

Teebs is a signature member of the collective surrounding Brainfeeder, an iconoclastic electronic label stationed in L.A. As per the habits of its exploratory founder Flying Lotus, it's big into refractions of beats and bass. Most of the roster, in different ways, favors the peculiar and the strange, but it's all very heady, too.

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First Listen
9:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Ratking, 'So It Goes'

Ratking's album So It Goes comes out April 8.
Jamie-James Medina Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 11:18 am

There is hardly a title in music as onerous as "New York hip-hop artist." Attached to that description are preconceived notions about look, sound and subject matter, coupled with the stigma of being from a place that has gone from being the most prominent and relevant locale in hip-hop to struggling to stay a part of the conversation.

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Music
3:06 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

'We Like Struggle': Black Lips On The Will To Entertain

Black Lips' latest album is Underneath the Rainbow. Left to right: Jared Swilley, Joe Bradley, Cole Alexander, Ian St. Pé.
Mick Rock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 12:02 pm

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Music Interviews
5:40 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Out Of The Holler: Saintseneca's Driving Punk-Folk

Saintseneca's latest album is called Dark Arc.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 3:59 pm

With a twang and a yodel, Saintseneca's new album, Dark Arc, begins on a foreboding note. "You're drenched in blood, still warm with with wear," frontman Zac Little sings before leading the band into a driving rock chorus.

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Movie Interviews
3:02 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

In Biblical Blockbuster, Aronofsky Rocks Noah's Boat

The heavens open on Russell Crowe, as Noah, in the new Bible-based film.
Niko Tavernise Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 4:59 pm

The Biblical tale of Noah's Ark isn't the likeliest of big screen blockbusters. But that didn't stop Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Black Swan) from pitching it to a Hollywood studio.

"When I first went to the studio, I said, 'Hey, what's the only boat more famous than the Titanic?' " he tells NPR's Kelly McEvers.

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All Songs Considered
9:23 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

Colin Stetson at Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 12:10 pm

Every week I hear something amazing, see something inspiring and want to pass it on. These events are sometimes fleeting, sometimes iconic, but they stop me in my tracks. Bob's Rainbows is the place where I'll highlight the very best of my weekly music intake. [Editor's note: Why rainbows? They're the only naturally occurring phenomenon that can make Bob take his headphones off.]

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Microphone Check
6:03 am
Sat March 29, 2014

The Outfit, TX: 'Where Is That Working Man's Music?'

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

The Outfit, TX are a trio from Dallas who came together at the University of Houston. Dorian and Mel have been partners since middle school, and they met JayHawk in a freshmen dorm. The three of them sat down with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in the Austin sunshine, cracked a few Lone Stars and opined on Texas funk, Texas weather, church and their business plan. They also spoke about the career stage they're at right now:

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Music News
5:59 am
Sat March 29, 2014

From Love To Murder To UFOs, A Dark 'Serenade' To Kansas

Chuck Mead's new album, Free State Serenade, is all about his home state of Kansas.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 9:27 am

"Nashville is where you go to make country music," Chuck Mead says. "There's a certain song vibration down here. There's a whole songwriting culture and playing culture that really doesn't exist outside of New York, or Los Angeles or Chicago."

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