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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 Thu May 29, 2014 9:56 am

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.
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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Europe
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

Eurovision: Love it, hate it, or have no idea what we're talking about? With tensions high in Ukraine, Russian performers are facing the music at the kitschy singing contest.

Tiny Desk Concerts
6:07 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Timber Timbre: Tiny Desk Concert

Timber Timbre performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 9:57 am

The music of Canada's Timber Timbre is often strange and unsettling. The band, led by Taylor Kirk — a crooner with a deceptively sweet voice — makes spare, evenly paced songs that sound like late-night echoes from a swampy woods.

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Music Documentaries
9:05 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Ali Gua Gua And Miss Bolivia

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:21 pm

As a teenager, I fell in love with two very different musical genres: punk rock and cumbia — that Caribbean-born music with a contagious two-beat shuffle.

To purists of either, my musical promiscuity might have seemed blasphemous, but to me, it was a logical combination. Cumbia is more punk than punk itself. And many years later, when I discovered Mexican DJ Ali Gua Gua, and her group Kumbia Queers, I was elated with their unique brand of "tropi punk." They got it.

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Music
5:29 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Sia, 'Chandelier'

Scene from the video for Sia's "Chandelier."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 5:30 pm

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