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All Songs TV
3:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Doug Paisley feat. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Until I Find You'

A portrait from the video to Doug Paisley's song "Until I Find You."
Courtesy of the artist

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:41 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Anthony D'Amato: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:44 pm

Anthony D'Amato sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter: His songs sound friendly musically, but they also tackle the difficult and the twisted. Like those great songwriters, D'Amato's work is universal without devolving into moping. There's also a spirit to these songs, as it's easy to imagine a crowd spontaneously backing these his powerful choruses.

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Favorite Sessions
11:04 am
Mon October 20, 2014

KEXP Presents: alt-J

Alt-J.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

The English band alt-J has staked its career on defying expectations, so nervous anticipation surrounding its second album was perfectly understandable — particularly following the departure of bassist and multi-instrumentalist Gwil Sainsbury. But if alt-J felt the pressures of improving upon its beloved, award-winning debut, you wouldn't know it from This Is All Yours.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:34 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Ásgeir: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:04 pm

When he was 20, Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson released an album in Iceland, sung in Icelandic, with many of the words written by his father. Dýrð í dauðaþögn became the biggest-selling debut in Icelandic music history.

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Favorite Sessions
11:15 am
Thu October 16, 2014

KCRW Presents: Paolo Nutini

Paolo Nutini performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Scottish-born with roots in Italy, Paolo Nutini is still finding his audience in the U.S., but he's already a frequent chart-topper in Europe. The soul singer's third full-length record, Caustic Love, is the fastest-selling album in the U.K. this year, and with good reason. Nutini recently performed some of its songs during his return to KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

SET LIST

  • "Let Me Down Easy"
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Field Recordings
8:03 am
Thu October 16, 2014

The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

The Django Festival All-Stars.
NPR Music

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 8:31 am

Every year for the last decade and a half, select groups of hot swing musicians have come from Europe to tour the U.S. The exact lineups change, but they all feature masters of the "gypsy jazz" — or jazz manouche — style pioneered by guitarist Django Reinhardt. In fact, they're billed under the banner of New York's Django Reinhardt Festival.

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Favorite Sessions
11:46 am
Wed October 15, 2014

WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Ex Hex

Ex Hex performs live at WAMU.
WAMU

Ex Hex is already one of Washington, D.C.'s most exciting bands, and not just because of the lightning-strong licks that scream out of Mary Timony's guitar. This is a group that lets itself have as much fun as possible, and that sense of joy is crucial.

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All Songs TV
11:24 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Elisa Ambrogio, 'Superstitious'

Elisa Ambrogio's solo album, The Immoralist, comes out Oct. 21.
Courtesy of the artist

Elisa Ambrogio, lead singer of the art-rock heavyweight Magik Markers, usually isn't one to get too sentimental. But her upcoming solo album, The Immoralist, includes some heart-wrenching songs, including its arresting opening track, "Superstitious."

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:37 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The Bots: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

The Bots' members are brothers and bandmates whose playful, catchy songs rock hard. Singer-guitarist Mikaiah Lei is 21 and drummer Anaiah Lei is 17; they made their first album when they were 15 and 12, respectively. Pink Palms is their newest and best.

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All Songs TV
10:48 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Steelism, 'Marfa Lights'

YouTube

The Nashville instrumental group Steelism stands out for its ability to blend vintage styles — steel-guitar jazz, surf rock, the cool vibe of 1960s movie soundtracks — in ways that don't feel dated. Steelism's playfulness, embodied in the easy dialogues between guitarists Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum, Jr., freshens up everything its touches.

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