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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Wed April 9, 2014

KEXP Presents: The War On Drugs

The War on Drugs performs live in the KEXP studios.
Renata Steiner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:16 pm

His band's new album is called Lost in the Dream, but The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel sounds like he's just woken up from one. While it's only the band's third record since forming nine years ago, Lost in the Dream is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors: Granduciel transforms his ambient, oft-meandering Americana into grander and more propulsive arrangements that are no less exploratory. Like private songs writ large, they reach their full intensity in the hands of his entire band.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Both: Tiny Desk Concert

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform together as The Both at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 2:05 pm

Singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's an album.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: The Infamous Stringdusters, 'I'll Get Away'

The Infamous Stringdusters, performing at Beehive Studios in Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:27 am

The Infamous Stringdusters' members have been a major part of the bluegrass world since their debut, Fork in the Road, back in 2007. Now on its sixth studio album, Let It Go, the group has just returned with more great progressive acoustic music.

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Favorite Sessions
3:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

KCRW Presents: Jessy Lanza

Jessy Lanza performing live in the KCRW studios.
Rob LaFond Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:14 pm

Canadian artist Jessy Lanza grew up playing piano and studying jazz, and she only started exploring electronic music five years ago. She performed as a one-woman band during her Morning Becomes Eclectic debut on KCRW, with club-ready songs like "Keep Moving."

Find KCRW's entire session with Jessy Lanza on KCRW.com

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Microphone Check
1:10 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Lunice: 'I Ain't Doing What That Guy Did'

Lunice, center, being interviewed by Microphone Check's Ali Shaheed Muhammed, left, and Frannie Kelley, right.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:02 am

Lunice is a DJ and producer from Montreal who got his start B-Boying. He works under his own name and, with Hudson Mohawke, in TNGHT. While in Austin, Texas, he rolled up on Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in a loaner Bentley, sat down in a sunny backyard (that bordered another backyard full of dogs) and spoke on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.

Credits:

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert

The Haden Triplets perform a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.

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Favorite Sessions
12:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

KEXP Presents: Pontiak

Pontiak performs live in the KEXP studios.
Eric Gonzalez Alfaro KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:02 pm

The three brothers in the Southern rock band Pontiak could tear the roof off any coliseum with their arena-sized riffs. Hailing from rural Virginia, the Carney brothers — Van, Jennings and Lain — have crafted a long string of albums filled with fuzzy, feedback-laden neo-psych stoner jams since forming Pontiak a decade ago.

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Microphone Check
8:03 am
Sat March 29, 2014

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

NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:51 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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Field Recordings
12:17 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

One Wytch, Unplugged In A Sunny Backyard

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:18 am

The Wytches' furious, hair-flinging psych-rock isn't the stuff of back-porch acoustic sessions: Both live and on the English band's singles, the energy is so intense, it can barely be contained. But when NPR Music arranged a Wytches session during SXSW — held in the charming backyard setting of Friends & Neighbors in east Austin — singer-guitarist Kristian Bell stood in for the whole band, with just his voice and an acoustic guitar.

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Microphone Check
11:03 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Young Chop: 'I Gotta Stay Working'

NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:23 pm

Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley spoke to Young Chop in the backyard of a store on the east side of Austin, Texas. Even in the midst of SXSW, the Chicago producer was selling beats and putting in studio time. He took a rare break to talk about studying songs from the '70s, Polow da Don's snare and encouraging up-and-coming artists, including those who step to him at the Texaco.

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