Videos

Front Row
1:36 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Front Row: Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys performing in March as part of Front Row Boston.
WGBH

It's fitting that the first episode of Front Row Boston (a new digital and television series produced by WGBH Music and Crossroads Presents in association with NPR Music) features Boston-based Celtic punk legends Dropkick Murphys. Here they perform "The Boys Are Back" from their eighth studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood.

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Favorite Sessions
11:22 am
Mon July 7, 2014

KEXP Presents: Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe performs live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.
Renata Steiner KEXP

With all the sunlight in Los Angeles, it's easy to overlook the beauty in the darkness there. Yet Chelsea Wolfe doesn't. The SoCal singer-songwriter has carved a unique place in the musical landscape with her epic "drone-metal-art-folk" style. On her recent third album, Pain Is Beauty, she takes a decidedly more electronic approach to her haunting sound, further highlighting her timeless singing, powerful arrangements and seductively mysterious aesthetic.

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Favorite Sessions
9:16 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Della Mae

Della Mae performing at Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

The relationship between songs and poetry is often symbiotic, with some songwriters going so far as to lift entire verses from poems. Della Mae musician Celia Woodsmith discovered an intergenerational connection between her family and the poem "The Hound Of Heaven" by Francis Thompson.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:41 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Foreign Exchange: Tiny Desk Concert

The Foreign Exchange performs at the Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 9:25 am

While on a world tour to support their fourth album, Love in Flying Colors, The Foreign Exchange stopped by the Tiny Desk to rev up a Friday afternoon. I've followed Phonte Coleman and Nicolay in their 10 years as a band — and it's evident their writing and production are honest and downright pungent at times. But when it's time to perform, it's all about fun.

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Public Radio Jazz Live
10:36 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Newport Jazz 2011: Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen, Live In Concert

Avishai Cohen performs with his trio, Triveni, on the Harbor Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

What is it with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and triples lately? He recently recorded a pair of albums with his band Triveni, a free-swinging trio which showcases his fervent imagination. He's also one of three Cohen siblings in jazz's top echelon; Avishai invited his big sister Anat, the celebrated clarinet specialist, to join him here.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

KCRW Presents: Fink

Fink live at KCRW's studio.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 1:21 pm

For the past 15 years, Fink has been a solo project for Berlin-based songwriter Fin Greenall. But with his album, Hard Believer, he enlisted the help of longtime friends Guy Whittaker and Tim Thornton to help him develop his new material. In part because each participant has a different musical background, the new songs sound especially varied and dynamic. As Greenall says, "They even taught me how to play live" — as you can see for yourself in this performance of "Looking Too Closely."

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All Songs TV
2:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Christina Vantzou, 'Strange Symptoms'

Musician Christina Vantzou, in a scene from her new video for the song "Strange Symptoms."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:20 am

The new video from composer Christina Vantzou, for the moody ambient piece "Strange Symptoms," will take you away. Vantzou's nirvana-inducing sounds emerge, bloom and fade away in less than a minute-and-a-half, as a figure stands motionless behind a curtain of slowly cascading water, her face distorted by the sun-dappled ripples.

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Field Recordings
9:41 am
Wed July 2, 2014

What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

About 350 musicians and even more spectators gathered on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 21 for the NPR Music-commissioned premiere of Sunny Jain's 100+ BPM.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:05 am

We at NPR Music leave a lot of variables out in the wild when we make Field Recordings. That's especially true when we commission new music for the annual Make Music New York festival, as we have for three years.

Since we're not using a traditional stage and people are roaming around, we don't know exactly what the performance will sound like (though we're lucky to work with fantastic engineering colleagues). It's always held outdoors, and we can't be sure what the weather will be.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:40 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert

Alex Schelldorf NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:46 am

For 23-year-old singer-guitarist Lydia Loveless, gritty, countrified blues-rock is a palette broad enough to include literary drama — complete with fatalistic references to the doomed French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud — and a plainspoken plea for oral sex.

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All Songs TV
8:51 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hospitality, 'I Miss Your Bones'

Image from the video for 'I Miss Your Bones' by Hospitality
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:10 pm

"I Miss Your Bones," from Hospitality's album Trouble, is easily one of the catchiest songs of the year. In its video, director Lara Gallagher looks at what missing someone means in this digital age.

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