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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Folk Alley Presents: Ray Bonneville

Beehive Productions

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

So much of music is about longing, navigating life's unexpected moments with curiosity, searching for clarity and better understanding. All of this is pieced together beautifully on Ray Bonneville's new album, Easy Gone.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:42 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Cian Nugent: Tiny Desk Concert

Cian Nugent performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 11:20 pm

Cian Nugent doesn't know what he wants to be, and that's OK. The Dublin-based guitarist cut his teeth as a 19-year-old pickin' on the acoustic worlds that John Fahey, Jack Rose and Bert Jansch built.

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Music Documentaries
6:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Los Romanticos De Zacatecas

Los Romanticos de Zacatecas, performing for a video shoot in Mexico City.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:23 pm

Ever since I moved to Mexico City, I've been overwhelmed by the amount of music at my fingertips. I'm not just talking about amazing concerts: So many artists from all over Latin America live here in Mexico, and I love being here to check in on their creative process.

We started the series Mi Casa Es Tu Casa with Fusion based on that concept; the idea of catching musicians in their most comfortable setting, and having them go beyond performances and into the DNA of their art.

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Favorite Sessions
7:47 am
Thu May 1, 2014

KCRW Presents: Beck

Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:37 pm

Beck kept busy during his six-year hiatus between studio albums. Earlier this year, he returned with the gorgeously melancholy Morning Phase, a highlight of his already impressive catalog. With only a handful of live shows under his belt this year, the L.A. native recently played in his hometown for the first time since the new album's relelase. When he took to a small stage in Santa Monica for KCRW fans, he shared old songs and new favorites like this sweeping ballad, "Blue Moon."

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Johnnyswim: Tiny Desk Concert

Johnnyswim performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:00 am

Once you're able to see this three-song set by the band Johnnyswim, NPR Music will have published exactly 350 Tiny Desk Concerts — so we've developed a pretty good sense of when a set will stick in our memories for a while. We intuited, for example, that Adele was about to become a dominant force shortly after she breezed into our offices.

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Favorite Sessions
1:56 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Afghan Whigs

Matthew Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:12 pm

The boozy blues of obsession and regret have never sounded so good — at least not in the last 16 years, which is how long it's been since The Afghan Whigs released an album. But while other '90s bands have cashed in with 20- and 25-year anniversary reunions and reissues of past classics, Greg Dulli and his band have returned to form with a new album of tantalizingly dark, soul-infused rock.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:42 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert

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

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:00 am

It's right there in the band's name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that's thoughtful and playful. The opening song at this Tiny Desk Concert, "Arctic Shark," questions and enchants.

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Favorite Sessions
3:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

KCRW Presents: Kelis

Jeremiah Garcia KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:22 pm

For her sixth album Food, R&B singer Kelis once again explores a new style with the help of a talented producer. This time, it's TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, who eased her transition from dance diva to a sound more rooted in funk, soul and gospel. On a recent night in Santa Monica, Kelis packed a 12-member soul band onto the small stage at Apogee Studio to showcase her new songs, including "Friday Fish Fry."

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Music Interviews
1:30 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Vijay Iyer On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Q2 Music

Pianist, composer, improviser and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer has built a career of making musical connections. Increasingly recognized as one of the most inventive musicians working today, he received an interdisciplinary Ph.D.

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All Songs TV
12:56 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Darcys, 'Hunting'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:20 am

The video for The Darcys' powerful song "Hunting" shows the dark side of life in an apartment building that echoes the Hitchcock film Rear Window, using subtly beautiful CGI and matte paintings.

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