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There's a cinematic theme in the songs on this edition of All Songs Considered, including a new track from Thom Yorke called "Daily Battles" and an instrumental version of it from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. These two songs were created for the Edward Norton film Motherless Brooklyn.

To understand the music of Black Belt Eagle Scout, it helps to know a little bit about the place frontwoman Katherine Paul grew up. The artist was raised on Swinomish Indian Reservation in Washington. With there only being about 1,000 people in the Swinomish tribe — and not all of them living on the reservation — Paul's community was extremely tight knit.

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This weekend, September 14 - 15, your calendar will be filled with a myriad of family friendly events.  

Starting this Saturday, The What If Festival of Innovation and Imagination will offer a full day of music, and over 100 interactive experiences in science, technology, engineering, and the arts.  

This Sunday, the Patty Jewett Neighborhood Association's Porchfest will host three different bands on three different porches for an afternoon of song, friends, food, and libations.  91.5 KRCC will be there for both events, both days, and each will be hosted by your friend and neighbor, Vicky.

After trickling out singles for more than a year, singer Lana Del Rey has finally dropped her sixth full-length studio album with the oddly comical title, Norman F****** Rockwell. On this week's New Music Friday, we dig into this expansive mix of slow-burning ballads and sometimes strange but profound, odyssey-length adventures.

Raphael Saadiq, the famed singer, musician, producer, music supervisor and former member of Tony! Toni! Toné!, has worn many hats over the span of his nearly 40-year career. One thing he hasn't done is take time to unpack his own traumas. But recently, the Grammy-winner took a step back to process his past and now, he's using a new album to work through it.

Fifty years ago this August, Miles Davis assembled a group of musicians to record the sprawling, groundbreaking album Bitches Brew. With the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone and James Brown in his head, Davis plugged in and brought these electric rock sensibilities to jazz.

When Kim Gordon dropped "Murdered Out" three years ago, her first single under her own name, she didn't ascribe it any significance. "It just kind of happened randomly," she told NPR at the time.

The music of Taylor McFerrin can sound like something out of science fiction, yet with a soulful quality. The hip-hop beats he grew up with in the '90s form the backbone of his sound, but what gives it that otherworldly feel are synthesizers used by jazz musicians from the 1970s.

"Something about those sounds spoke to me so much," Taylor says. "And if I think about all the hip hop that I was getting into, it was always people that were sampling that era of music.

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Singer, songwriter, and musician Amy Helm brings her soulful, alt-folk/rock artistry to The Ivywild School on Friday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m.

"Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?"

On The Border With Maybelle Carter And Lydia Mendoza

Aug 15, 2019

Imagine, if you will, being a listener to a radio station on the U.S.-Mexico border in 1939. You would likely be listening to XERA, a radio station broadcast from Cuidad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, across the border from Del Rio, Texas. You might hear a song like "La Pollita," performed by Lydia Mendoza.

What It Means To Listen To Sleater-Kinney Now

Aug 14, 2019

Consistency and longevity are the two parents of expectation, which can hang immovably over the corners of fandom. In music, when a band is very good for a very long time, it becomes impossible to imagine it being anything else. It must be said that Sleater-Kinney has been so good for so long, it is unfair.

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Guatemalan singer songwriter Gaby Moreno brings her rich tapestry of language, guitar and musical styles to The Ent Center For The Arts on Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m.  This Grammy nominated artist is also a recurring guest on "Live From Here" with Chris Thile, heard on 91.5 KRCC Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Sunday 10 a.m. to noon.

I am Nina and Roberta
The one you love but ain't never heard of
Got my middle finger up
Like Pac after attempted murder
Failed to kill me
It's still me — from "Nina"

One year ago, Rapsody had an epiphany. She felt it so deep in her soul, as an artist and a black woman from the backwoods of North Carolina, that it was almost strange it hadn't revealed itself sooner. Sometimes, even the anointed among us need a word from on high to get the message.

NPR Music's Station Breaks is all about new discoveries, so if you're looking for a truly original set of music off the mainstream radio dial, you've found it. August's selection of tracks has something for everyone: ambient, funk, jazz, acoustic and more.

My guests for this session are sweethearts. Like, the nicest guys you could hope to speak to. Calexico's Joey Burns and Iron & Wine's Sam Beam are here to talk about the record they made, and it's worth mentioning that Years to Burn is one of my favorites of the year.

Note: With hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton away this week, we've got an encore presentation of The Worst Songs Of All Time, from Feb. 2014.


Guitarist, actor, writer (and former Monitor Mix blogger) Carrie Brownstein joins us, along with NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, to do something we don't normally do: Talk about the songs we really, really don't like.

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On this episode of Air Check, Jeff and Vicky spend some time with  former Colorado College sound technician Lewis Keller to review some new earworms.  Lewis not only knows a thing or two about the recording studio, but has also had a career as working musician, playing bass for Sony recording artist/singer/songwriter Lissie.

The Handsome Family On Mountain Stage

Aug 1, 2019

The roots of The Handsome Family tree are planted in the New Mexico hometown of husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks. With Brett's distinct, rich baritone vocals delivering the imaginative, noir lyrics written by Rennie, the members of The Handsome Family perform songs from throughout their career in this Mountain Stage set recorded in Summer 2018. They're joined here by regular touring members Alex McMahon on lead guitar and Jason Toth on percussion and omnichord.

NPR Music's Top 20 Songs Of July

Jul 31, 2019

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NPR Music's Top 10 Albums Of July

Jul 31, 2019

Y'all, it was stupid hot in July, at least here at NPR Music HQ. And to some degree, the best albums of the month reflect that sweaty, heat-stricken mood. Cuco's Para Mí makes for a laid-back summer sway, Burna Boy's African Giant synthesizes a street party and J. Cole's Revenge of the Dreamers III gathers up all his best buds to make the ultimate hang mix.

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A Los Angeles jury has ruled that Katy Perry's 2013 hit "Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J infringed on the 2008 rap song "Joyful Noise" by Christian rapper Flame featuring Lecrae and John Reilly. In a unanimous decision handed down on July 29, the jurors decided that the beat of Perry's smash hit improperly copied the beat of the Christian rap song, creating a perfect storm of copyright infringement.

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Lil Nas X's inescapable, genre-obliterating pop/hip-hop/country smash "Old Town Road" has been No.

Have you ever had a roommate sell your stuff while you were on vacation? But instead of a ratty couch that won't nearly pay rent, it's super-intimate letters and recordings that you'd never want anyone to read or hear, like, ever? Madonna feels your pain.

Art Neville's life in music can be described as a straight line, connected directly to rock and roll's first notes. In the first half of the 1950s, musicians were recording R&B tracks — the foundations of rock and roll — at Cosimo Matassa's J&M Studios, led of course by Fats Domino, who recorded his first record there in 1949. Art was never a Fats, but nonetheless was foundational to helping shape the contours of popular music.

This month marks 60 years since the very first Newport Folk Festival. NPR has been covering the event since its rebirth in 2008. Jay Sweet, now the executive producer, was mostly responsible for the festival's revival, booking unexpected bands and reinvigorating the spirit of the annual gathering. It's long been a place where musicians would collaborate and make music often steeped in social justice.

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After a year of build-up, King Princess has finally announced her debut album, Cheap Queen, and dropped its s

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