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7:46 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ásgeir, 'King And Cross'

Asgeir - 'King and the Crown'
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:21 am

Since winning the Icelandic Music Award for best album of the year in his home country a few years ago, Ásgeir Trausti — best known simply as Ásgeir — has begun to win over larger parts of the world, including the U.S. He has a calm upper range voice, a voice not unlike Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Later, he released In The Silence, a version of that award-winning album with the lyrics translated into the English.

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Music Articles
12:36 am
Tue July 8, 2014

A Reluctant Star, Sia Deals With Fame On Her Own Terms

After becoming the kind of star she never wanted to be, Australian pop singer Sia is refusing to show her face.
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Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:51 am

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World Cafe
1:22 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

World Cafe Next: Kutosis

Kutosis
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We call on Cardiff, Wales for our World Cafe: Next artists this week. Kutosis is a power-pop trio whose music has been described as "post punk, reverb-drenched and breezy." Their second album, Dream It Away, was released in June on Jealous Lover's Club Records. From album artwork to song titles, this group is all about surfing — a fitting match for their sunny power pop.

Don't forget to download our World Cafe: Next podcast with two songs from Kutosis.

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All Songs TV
12:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Bear's Den, 'Elysium'

Bear's Den: 'Elysium'
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Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:20 am

Sometimes music and life intersect in ways beyond words. Filmmaker James Marcus Haney set out to do two things, make a music video for the British trio Bear's Den and capture the last days of his little brothers carefree college days with friends.

What he wound up with is tragic and poignant. Shortly after arriving in Seattle to film, a campus shooting occurred. Haney relayed his story to me via email. He's as good with words as he is with imagery. I'm going to let him tell the story.

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Music Articles
12:46 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Mobbed by teenage girls wherever he went, Billy Eckstine at one time rivaled Frank Sinatra's popularity.
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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:56 pm

Billy Eckstine was smooth as silk. He was tall and handsome, sported a pencil-thin mustache and sang in a distinctive baritone.

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Metropolis
11:53 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Metropolis: 7/5/14

A remix of Kiesza's "Hideaway" was featured on this week's show.
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This Week's Tracklist

  • Bassnectar, "You & Me (feat. W. Darling)" (Amorphous Music)
  • Digitalism, "Wolves (feat. Youngblood Hawke)" ([PIAS] America)
  • Kiesza, "Hideaway (Static Revenger vs. Latroit Remix)" (Lokal Legend)
  • James Curd & Luke Million feat. Nah Man!, "Say The Words To You" (Mr. Kim's Records)
  • Watermät, "Bullit (Original Mix)" (Spinnin' Deep)
  • Oliver $ And Jimi Jules, "Pushing On" (Defected Records)
  • Louis La Roche, "Kaboom" (OM Records)
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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:03 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Moon Hooch: Tiny Desk Concert

Moon Hooch performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
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Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:34 am

People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.

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Music
10:44 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Pink's 'Try' Encourages 'Tell Me More' Executive Producer

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally it's time for the feature we call In Your Ear. That's the part of the program where we ask some of our guests what they're listening to these days. But as this program winds down, our last broadcast is scheduled for August 1st, we thought it would be nice to hear what members of our staff are listening to. What they like to have playing as they workout, or chill out, or put the show together. So let's hear what the big boss, our executive producer Carline Watson, has on her playlist.

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Front Row
10:36 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Front Row: Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys performing in March as part of Front Row Boston.
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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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Music
10:20 am
Mon July 7, 2014

The Westerlies Come On Home With Horvitz

The Westerlies is a quartet of young New York brass players who know each other from school days in Seattle. Their debut album is a set of pieces by Seattle-based composer and improviser Wayne Horvitz. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Horvitz and the Westerlies are a perfect fit.

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