Music Videos
5:04 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Juan Cirerol

Juan Cirerol performs for a video shoot on his neighbors' front stoop in Mexico City.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:22 pm

I've loved Mexican singer Juan Cirerol's music since the first time I heard it. But I didn't fully understand it until I traveled to his native Mexicali on an assignment for NPR.

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All Songs TV
2:24 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Chris Schlarb, 'The Great Receiver'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 4:10 pm

The video was animated and directed by Imma Almourzaeva. "The Great Receiver" is from Schlarb's upcoming album, Making The Saint, due out May 27 on Asthmatic Kitty.

Field Recordings
10:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

D.D Dumbo: Looping Sounds In An Austin Alleyway

D.D Dumbo during his Field Recording in Austin, Texas.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:47 pm

Mystery seems to swirl around D.D Dumbo. We'd heard all sorts of crazy rumors about this solo musician; namely, that Dumbo is a modern-day nomad whose only worldly possessions are his guitar and some crazy customized pedals. But once he arrived for one of our SXSW Backyard Sessions, here's what we discovered: Dumbo was born outside of Melbourne, Australia (birth name: Oliver Hugh Perry). He performs with a 12-string electric guitar, a simple drum set-up and some loop pedals. And he prefers to let his eclectic, drone-filled music speak for itself — so, alas, no comment on the nomad rumors.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu May 15, 2014

KCRW Presents: Chromeo

Chromeo performed live in Los Angeles for KCRW.
Jon Gordon McKenzie KCRW

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 1:32 pm

Flanked by a six-piece choir dubbed "The Chromettes," the Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo recently unleashed a set of dance music on a small audience at Apogee Studios in Santa Monica. With David "Dave 1" Macklovitch on guitar and lead vocals and Patrick "P-Thugg" Gemayel on synths and Talk Box, Chromeo bounced between older hits and favorites from its new album White Women — including the catchy "Jealous (I Ain't With It)."

Watch KCRW's entire session with Chromeo.

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All Songs TV
12:24 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Timber Timbre, 'Curtains?!'

Scene from Timber Timbre's video for the song "Curtains?!"
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 4:28 pm

In the video for the Canadian swamp-folk band Timber Timbre's "Curtains?!," a man released from prison embarks on a vengeful quest to find a mysterious woman who haunts his past.

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The Two-Way
6:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Screen grab from astronaut Chris Hadfield's rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" — performed on the International Space Station.
Chris Hadfield YouTube

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 7:51 pm

Some of you might remember the music video rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shot aboard the International Space Station. That was a year ago, and the YouTube video he made, which is now approaching 23 million views, is set to come down Tuesday as the licensing agreement on the iconic song expires.

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All Songs TV
2:26 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Pegasus Warning, 'Change'

Scene from Pegasus Warning's video for "Change."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 10:55 am

Pegasus Warning is otherwise known as Guillermo E. Brown, a New York native and jazz percussionist whose soulful music mixes broken electronics, strange textures and pulsing rhythms. "Change" appears on his latest EP, Woof Ticket, from Plug Research.

Tiny Desk Concerts
2:10 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Chvrches: Tiny Desk Concert

Chvrches performs at a Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:34 pm

For a brief moment, I imagined hearing Chvrches perform "Recover" or "Gun" with a couple of acoustic guitars and perhaps a shaker or two. And, though these songs would surely stand up well when broken down and bared, I'm thrilled that Chvrches came with a small arsenal of synthesizers to perform a few highlights from last year's album The Bones of What You Believe.

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Favorite Sessions
11:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

KEXP Presents: Tacocat

Tacocat performs live on KEXP.
Victoria Holt KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:09 pm

Only the Seattle band Tacocat could turn "that time of the month" into a surf party. With its second album, NVM (a nod to Nirvana's Nevermind), the palindromic group combines '90s nostalgia with a high-energy party vibe. With vocals as bright as her hair color, singer Emily Nokes makes menstruation sound manageable, singing, "Gonna head on down to the beach today / Surf all my girl probs away." Watch Tacocat surf away on KEXP's local music show, Audioasis.

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Favorite Sessions
6:08 am
Sun May 11, 2014

WFUV Presents: Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn at WFUV.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:11 pm

In the '90s, Damon Albarn and his Blur bandmates were Britpop darlings, countering American grunge with cheeky brio. Restless, Albarn eventually formed three other bands, including Gorillaz. He exuberantly collaborated with Malian and Congolese musicians and delved into theater and opera. Surprisingly, though, Albarn waited until 2014 to release his "official" solo debut.

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