Music

Music News
4:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Inside The Sun Records Sound, A Marvel Even Today

The 1954 Elvis Presley single "You're a Heartbreaker," recorded at one of the singer's early sessions at Sun Studio.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

For more conversations with music makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

All Songs Considered
11:04 am
Tue July 22, 2014

New Mix: The Rentals, Perfume Genius, The Bots, Zammuto

Clockwise from upper left: The Bots, Perfume Genius, Zammuto, The Rentals
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 3:32 pm

We kick off this week's episode of All Songs Considered with the sludgy, shoegaze-y sounds of Whirr, a band started by Nick Bassett, bassist for one of co-host Robin Hilton's favorite acts of 2014, Nothing. We follow up with a new track from The Bots, two young brothers from L.A. whose "All I Really Want" is a two-minute sugar rush of high-powered pop-punk.

Read more
All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Song Premiere: Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), 'A Keepsake'

Keith (left) and Cathy Latinen of Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate), being adorable with that dog.
D. McNelly Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 11:28 am

If emo has cheerleaders, they're Keith and Cathy Latinen. Since 2007, the Michigan-based husband and wife have tirelessly run the Count Your Lucky Stars label during a time when the genre didn't have many vocal supporters. Many of its releases have inspired bands in the now-thriving young scene to take up the '90s Midwest emo sound and do what they will.

Read more
Music News
4:42 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Teenage Songwriters Take On 'Bro-Country'

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, whose first single, "Girl In A Country Song," takes aim at one-dimensional representations of women in country music.
Kevin White Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:35 pm

No theme has dominated country radio playlists and charts more in the past couple of years than celebration of the sort of small-town good life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. The young country duo Maddie & Tae aren't fans of the third element in the "bro-country" trinity.

Read more
The Mix
12:09 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

The Mix Hosts Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots & Idabel

Bill Noesges

KOSU, Dunlap Codding and Robot House Creative host The Mix, a  free monthly outdoor concert series in Oklahoma City.

The next edition of the series takes place at 7pm, Thursday, August 14 at DC on Film Row and will feature Norman zydeco band Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots and Oklahoma City three-piece folk band Idabel.

First Listen
11:20 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

First Listen: Jenny Lewis, 'The Voyager'

Jenny Lewis' new album, The Voyager, comes out July 29.
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:31 am

"Nostalgia has no place for the woman traveling alone," the great travel writer Mary Morris once wrote. "Our motion is forward, whether by train or daydream." She's describing a necessary ruthlessness: Women are so often defined by their attachments (family, romance, even the fetishes of style) that becoming light enough to move often requires behavior others might read as cruel or, at best, distanced.

Read more
First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

First Listen: Quetzal, 'Quetzanimales'

Quetzal's new album, Quetzanimales, comes out July 29.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 2:10 pm

Twenty years is a long time in the life of a band. In the case of Quetzal, its two decades have been spent playing the soundtrack of its East L.A. neighborhoods: an evolving mash-up of Mexican son jarocho, low-rider oldies, cumbia, boleros, rock and blues.

Many Angelenos consider Quetzal as much as an institution as its East L.A. brethren in Los Lobos. Much of the current revival of son jarocho can be traced to Quetzal's history of playing the music when few others bothered.

Read more
First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

First Listen: Bear In Heaven, 'Time Is Over One Day Old'

Bear In Heaven's new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, comes out July 29.
Dusdin Condren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:39 am

Two minutes and 11 seconds into "They Dream," from Bear in Heaven's fourth album Time Is Over One Day Old, the music takes a strange turn. The band has been shuttling along at a riveting adventure-movie clip, with Jon Philpot's reverb-swaddled voice functioning as the primary distinct element in a sleek blur. Then, abruptly, the tempo stops. A wash of Space Mountain synths dissolves slowly — the set has been struck. When Philpot begins to sing again, he's the sole occupant of the spotlight.

Read more
First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

First Listen: Shabazz Palaces, 'Lese Majesty'

Shabazz Palaces' new album, Lese Majesty, comes out July 29.
Patrick O'Brien-Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 8:41 am

Broadcasting live from the land of legal weed and sliding into the frame like a giant Pacific octopus, here comes Lese Majesty, the third album from Seattle's Shabazz Palaces. It's definitely hip-hop, but... was that a drum? Human? Synthesizer? Sample of an old record? We may never know. MC and producer Ishmael Butler keeps his cards close.

Read more
First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

First Listen: Wildest Dreams, 'Wildest Dreams'

Wildest Dreams' new, self-titled album comes out July 29.
Music By Marina Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 10:01 am

In a career spanning three decades, Harvey Bassett has done a bit of everything. He bashed drums in a John Peel-approved U.K. punk band in the late '70s, then found himself taken with hip-hop and turntables while visiting New York City in the early '80s.

Read more

Pages