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Mountain Stage
1:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Doyle Lawson On Mountain Stage

Doyle Lawson.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the road in Bristol, Tenn. One of bluegrass music's most respected mandolin players since the early 1960s, Lawson worked alongside fellow heavyweights Jimmy Martin and J.D. Crowe before spending nearly a decade with the pioneering progressive bluegrass band The Country Gentlemen.

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1:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Metropolis: 10/11/14

This week's episode of Metropolis features a track from Les Sins.
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  • SBTRKT, "Problem (Solved) (feat. Jessie Ware)" (XL)
  • Break, "Break" (Break)
  • Caribou, "Dive" (Merge)
  • Les Sins, "Why (feat. Nate Salman)" (Company)
  • Gorgon City, "Try Me Out" (Black Butter/Virgin)
  • Watermat, "Bullit (Icarus Remix)" (Spinnin' Deep)
  • Audio District, "Reach For The Sky (Lifelike Remix)" (Computer Science)
  • Digitalism, "Second Chance" ([PIAS] America)
  • The Knocks, "Classic (feat. Powers) (RAC Remix)" (Big Beat)
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All Songs Considered
11:43 am
Tue October 14, 2014

New Mix: Röyksopp, Hozier, Deerhoof, More

Clockwise from upper left: Röyksopp, Hozier, Helado Negro, Deerhoof
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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 1:36 pm

Host Bob Boilen kicks off this week's show with a buzzing song from Toronto-based The Rural Alberta Advantage's new album, Mended With Gold. Inspired by the track's killer percussion, Robin Hilton shares the neurotic, upbeat "Paradise Girls" from Deerhoof's upcoming album La Isla Bonita, out Nov. 3.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:37 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Bots: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

The Bots' members are brothers and bandmates whose playful, catchy songs rock hard. Singer-guitarist Mikaiah Lei is 21 and drummer Anaiah Lei is 17; they made their first album when they were 15 and 12, respectively. Pink Palms is their newest and best.

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Music Reviews
10:31 am
Tue October 14, 2014

An Unofficial Memorial For Jazz Greats Jim Hall And Charlie Haden

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All Songs TV
7:48 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Steelism, 'Marfa Lights'


The Nashville instrumental group Steelism stands out for its ability to blend vintage styles — steel-guitar jazz, surf rock, the cool vibe of 1960s movie soundtracks — in ways that don't feel dated. Steelism's playfulness, embodied in the easy dialogues between guitarists Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum, Jr., freshens up everything its touches.

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World Cafe
7:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Bono On World Cafe

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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:32 am

U2 and singer Bono are accustomed to challenging their audience. In 1991, for example, Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV tour surprised the group's fans with a sharp left turn — in both sound and image — from 1988's Rattle And Hum.

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World Cafe
3:25 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

World Cafe Next: Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine.
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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:58 am

You can't beat sibling harmony. Or "blood harmony" as sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz call their vocalizing. From Indianapolis, Lily & Madeleine will release their second album, Fumes, at the end of the month. As Madeleine says, "Fumes shows our transformation as musicians and as women, and was inspired by our experience on the road as well as the life experiences of people close to us. It's a perfect reflection of this stage of our lives."

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World Cafe
2:34 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

Justin Townes Earle performs live at WXPN in Philadelphia.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:39 am

Americana singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle is back with a new album, Single Mothers, on a new label, Vagrant Records.

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Favorite Sessions
9:58 am
Mon October 13, 2014

KEXP Presents: The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers' Carl Newman, live at KEXP.
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The New Pornographers have always had a knack for explosive, shining melodies. But after two relatively experimental, more mellow albums, they've returned to playing to their strengths – multi-part harmonies and agile, punchy performances – on their new album, Brill Bruisers. The Vancouver supergroup were back from a four-year break when they entered the KEXP studios, but judging by their fierce performance, you'd never be able to tell.

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