Music

SXSW: Live From Austin
12:38 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

SXSW 2014: Eagulls, Live In Concert

British post-punk band Eagulls performs at NPR Music's SXSW showcase.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:06 am

The Leeds-based post-punk band Eagulls hit the stage at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas, ready to deploy some serrated weaponry. From neatly attired singer George Mitchell's assured yelp to a guitar attack that's clean and direct, the group generated a stormy sound that roared and banged with sleekness and power, while hinting at the doomstruck beauty of forebears like Joy Division.

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Studio 89
12:10 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Studio 89: David Wilcox on March 24th

davidwilcox.com

Seating is no longer available for Monday’s Studio 89, but you can tune in Monday night at 7pm to listen live.  Then, check back Tuesday afternoon for an opportunity to sign up for the next Studio 89. 

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Diane Cluck: Tiny Desk Concert

Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 4:26 pm

When a performer has an exceptional night, we sometimes say he or she "left it all on stage" — the "it" being effort, energy, passion, sweat. To close a concert with a raw throat and a rumpled appearance signifies full disclosure, proof that the person on stage has held absolutely nothing back. Diane Cluck's performances, at their best, take a near-opposite approach: unfolding melodies of winding complexity without the barest hint of strain or struggle.

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Music Interviews
5:07 am
Mon March 17, 2014

For Foster The People Frontman, Fame And Isolation

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 11:47 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUMPED UP SUP KICK")

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

A few years ago, this song came out of nowhere, "Pumped Up Kicks" from Foster The People, an unsigned band from L.A. It became one of 2011's biggest hits.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PUMPED UP SUP KICK")

FOSTER THE PEOPLE: (Singing) All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, you better run, better run, outrun my gun. All the other...

GREENE: Song, as you can hear, has a summer party sound. The lyrics though tell a much darker story.

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Artist Interview
8:21 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

The Blind Boys of Alabama Love What They Do

I first discovered The Blind Boys of Alabama on the 2004 Ben Harper album, "There Will Be a Light". I am not a churchgoer but there is no resisting the way the music of The Blind Boys makes you feel. Inspired, moved–their music makes you want to do good things.

 

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Author Interviews
7:51 am
Sun March 16, 2014

'Rebel Music': When Hip-Hop Met Islam

Hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa at a press conference in 2006. His Zulu Nation group, formed in the 1970s to combat street violence, soon began incorporating Nation of Islam teachings in its rhetoric.
Scott Gries Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 3:03 pm

Hisham Aidi's new book is a sort of musical tour around the world. It's called Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. From hip-hop in Brazilian favelas, to Pakistani punk rock, to Gnawa-reggae in North Africa, it's a look at young urban Muslims and the music they make and listen to.

Speaking with NPR's Rachel Martin, Aidi recalls meeting a French band called 3ème Oeil — "Third Eye" — at a music festival in the Bronx, the birthplace of hip-hop.

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Music Interviews
5:42 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Tycho: Music By A Visual Imagineer

Zac Brown (left) and Scott Hansen of Tycho.
Reuben Wu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 11:32 am

Let's say you're driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in California — top down, of course. What's the soundtrack you want to hear? The music of Tycho often seems engineered to fill that very role.

The group is the brainchild of producer Scott Hansen, who describes his three-piece band as an audio-visual project. On the new album Awake, the San Francisco-based artist has taken his passion for design and merged it with his interest in ambient music; click the audio link to hear his conversation with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Music Interviews
7:45 am
Sat March 15, 2014

A Fresh Vocalist From The Same School As Adele, Winehouse

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 11:32 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Discovering Zara McFarlane's voice is like discovering something exquisite and lush and gorgeous.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ZARA MCFARLANE: (Singing) There you are, though I cannot see your face. I feel you, your presence just entered this place...

LYDEN: Zara McFarlane's latest album is called "If You Knew Her." And she's at our London bureau to talk to us about her music and so that we can get to know here. Zara McFarlane, thank you so much for joining us.

MCFARLANE: Hello. How are you doing?

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Music Interviews
4:11 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Kevin Gates: 'I Put All My Flaws On Front Street'

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:11 pm

Kevin Gates drove up in a matte black truck and sat down in the backyard of East Austin shop and coffee shop Friends & Neighbors the same week his song "Get Up On My Level" rang out all over the SXSW music festival. It was just days before his most-anticipated project (yet), By Any Means, was to be released and only a week after fellow Baton Rouge rapper (and early collaborator) Lil Boosie left prison.

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Movie Interviews
4:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Rapper, Mother, Superstar: Ana Tijoux Finds Her Words

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 6:33 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Since you listened to NPR, you probably know by now that this week is the South by Southwest Music Festival. Among the performers is Ana Tijoux.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BLOCK: Tijoux is one of the most influential hip hop artists in Latin America. Here in the U.S., fans of the TV show "Breaking Bad" might recognize this song of hers.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "1977")

ANA TIJOUX: (Singing in foreign language)

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