Music Interviews
1:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

'You Cannot Go Back': Annie Lennox On 'Nostalgia'

Annie Lennox's new album is titled Nostalgia.
Robert Sebree Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:15 am

Annie Lennox is well-known for her work as one half of The Eurythmics, the synth-pop duo whose hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" is still ubiquitous 30-plus years after its release. Since then, Lennox has had a busy career as a solo singer and done work as a philanthropist and political activist.

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Music Articles
1:20 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Jessie Ware On Learning To Trust Herself

"I didn't know that it was going to be my career," Jessie Ware says. Her new album is titled Tough Love.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 3:03 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Anthony D'Amato: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 2:44 pm

Anthony D'Amato sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter: His songs sound friendly musically, but they also tackle the difficult and the twisted. Like those great songwriters, D'Amato's work is universal without devolving into moping. There's also a spirit to these songs, as it's easy to imagine a crowd spontaneously backing these his powerful choruses.

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12:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Ex Hex's 'Rips' Does What It Says On The Cover

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 12:12 pm

Punk rock lives on the debut album by a new trio, Ex Hex. The album is called Rips, and it's at once a throwback to bands like the Ramones and the sound of something new. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says the three women who make up Ex Hex have created an exhilaratingly energetic piece of work.

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World Cafe
11:07 am
Mon October 20, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds.
Doug Seymour Courtesy of the artist

Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench formed The Stray Birds in Lancaster, Penn., in 2012, though they'd known each other and performed together in the city's tight-knit music community prior to that. The group's self-titled debut was well-received in folk circles, and was named one of NPR's Top 10 folk and Americana albums for 2012.

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World Cafe
10:22 am
Mon October 20, 2014

The Budos Band On World Cafe

The Budos Band.
Justin Borucki Courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.

On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule.

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Mountain Stage
10:08 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Mark O'Connor On Mountain Stage

Mark O'Connor.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Mark O'Connor has been visiting Mountain Stage since 1988, during which time he's become one of America's most beloved and highly regarded violinists. O'Connor composed what has become the world's most-performed modern violin concerto and released nearly 40 albums, including Hot Swing, a tribute to legendary French jazz master (and O'Connor's longtime friend and mentor) Stephane Grappelli.

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All Songs TV
10:03 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Broken Water, 'Love And Poverty'

Courtesy of the artist

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9:01 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Metropolis: 10/18/14

Caribou's "Our Love" is featured on this week's episode of Metropolis.
Thomas Neukum Courtesy of the artist
  • Redinho, "Get You Off My Mind (feat. Brendan Reilly)" (Numbers)
  • Bea, "Safe Ground"
  • Odesza, "Say My Name (feat. Zyra)" (Counter)
  • Flume, "Sleepless (feat. Jazzabell Doran)" (Future Classic)
  • The Knocks, "Classic (feat. Powers) (RAC Remix)" (Big Beat)
  • The 2 Bears, "Not This Time" (Southern Fried)
  • Kraak & Smaak, "Love Inflation (feat. Janne Schra) (NSFW Remix)" (Jalapeno)
  • Todd Terje, "Inspector Norse" (Olsen)
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Favorite Sessions
8:04 am
Mon October 20, 2014

KEXP Presents: alt-J

Dave Lichterman KEXP

The English band alt-J has staked its career on defying expectations, so nervous anticipation surrounding its second album was perfectly understandable — particularly following the departure of bassist and multi-instrumentalist Gwil Sainsbury. But if alt-J felt the pressures of improving upon its beloved, award-winning debut, you wouldn't know it from This Is All Yours.

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