Music http://kosu.org en NPR CEO Appreciates The Unique Sound Of Future's 'Look Ahead' http://kosu.org/post/npr-ceo-appreciates-unique-sound-futures-look-ahead <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=NPR+CEO+Appreciates+The+Unique+Sound+Of+Future%27s+%27Look+Ahead%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:16:00 +0000 editor 5625 at http://kosu.org Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' http://kosu.org/post/song-premiere-horse-feathers-violently-wild Describing <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15328271/horse-feathers">Horse Feathers</a> almost inevitably diminishes the band's music: "Let's see, the lead singer has a beard and a soft voice, and he plays the acoustic guitar, and there's a string section. Oh, and they're from Portland, of course." All those identifying details hold true, and yet Horse Feathers' music never feels slight or ineffectual. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 5614 at http://kosu.org Song Premiere: Horse Feathers, 'Violently Wild' The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance http://kosu.org/post/great-war-100-music-conflict-and-remembrance One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.<p>Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations. The extraordinary level of destruction inspired them in myriad ways. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 5602 at http://kosu.org The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-spider-bags-frozen-letter Upon the dissolution of his old, great New Jersey punk band, the DC Snipers, Dan McGee's two former band members went the way of Horatio Alger, with Eric Holmgren running the Daggerman label in the boom-bust heyday of late '00s garage punk, and Mike Sniper helming the wildly popular Captured Tracks imprint. McGee stayed the course with music, moving down to North Carolina and toughing it out with his follow-up group, Spider Bags. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Doug Mosurock 5601 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter' First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-panopticon-roads-north There are a couple moments in "Where Mountains Pierce the Sky" — after nine minutes of acoustic guitar, fiddle and Native American flute, what could conceivably be called a black metal riff with a pop-punk bounce and flurry of twin lead guitars — that clue you into <em>Roads to the North</em>'s M.O. (As if the first nine minutes weren't enough.) First, the key-change climax, which may not seem like much, but this tectonic shift is the sound of a mountain piercing the damn sky. Then there's the chugga-chugga breakdown, the enemy of all that is grim. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Lars Gotrich 5598 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Panopticon, 'Roads To The North' First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-adult-jazz-gist To music obsessives of a certain age, the current generation of listeners sometimes appears as lightweight grazers at the Internet smorgasbord who seem unwilling (possibly unable) to focus attention at depth on a single piece of music. The summary dismissal: The kids today, they can't handle all of what somebody like a <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15715248/frank-zappa" target="_blank">Frank Zappa</a> (or a band like King Crimson) throws at them.<p>It's a reckless, ageist generalization. But as often happens, it carries a shred of truth. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Moon 5599 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Adult Jazz, 'Gist Is' First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us' http://kosu.org/post/first-listen-christopher-denny-if-roses-dont-kill-us Christopher Denny's voice wasn't the easiest to place when he debuted with <em>Age Old Hunger</em> in 2007. His sensitive vibrato was likened to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17079284/roy-orbison" target="_blank">Roy Orbison</a>'s, but there's really quite a chasm between the Big O's ethereal elegance and Denny's more earthbound timbre and flickers of humor. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Jewly Hight 5600 at http://kosu.org First Listen: Christopher Denny, 'If The Roses Don't Kill Us' Life Beyond The Dance Floor http://kosu.org/post/life-beyond-dance-floor Fin Greenall is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. His band, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396724/fink" target="_blank">Fink</a>, has been releasing albums since 2006 and dropped its latest, <em>Hard Believer</em>, this month. He's also a songwriter for hire, who has lent his talents to tracks by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15838633/john-legend" target="_blank">John Legend</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15159821/amy-winehouse" target="_blank">Amy Winehouse</a>. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 5591 at http://kosu.org Life Beyond The Dance Floor Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind http://kosu.org/post/ceci-bastida-punk-roots-pop-sounds-and-political-mind <em>La Edad de la Violencia</em> — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Tijuana-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point: She was pregnant when she began writing her latest set of songs, and found her joy tempered with concern about raising a child in a violent world. Bastida spoke about the origins of the album with NPR's Arun Rath; hear their conversation at the audio link. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 5579 at http://kosu.org Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath http://kosu.org/post/latin-funk-band-goes-metal-covers-black-sabbath <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Latin-Funk+Band+Goes+Metal%2C+Covers+Black+Sabbath&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxNzg0MDExMDEyMTYyMjc1MDE3NGVmMw004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 5578 at http://kosu.org