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Music Interviews
8:56 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Pussy Riot Releases Its First Song In English

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 9:20 am

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Music Interviews
8:56 am
Sat February 21, 2015

Whitehorse Layers Complex Rhythms In 'Leave No Bridge'

Originally published on Sat February 21, 2015 10:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

You might think that Whitehorse is a 10-piece affair. The Canadian band plays complex melodies, its rhythms are layered, but Whitehorse is actually just a couple of people.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE WALLS HAVE DRUNKEN EARS")

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Drum Fill Friday
1:10 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, For Feb. 20

I don't know what it's like where you live, but here in D.C. (as well as the rest of the eastern seaboard in general) we've had enough of winter. It's been downright arctic with subzero temperatures, record snowfall and no apparent end in sight. All of which is to say that this week's Drum Fill Friday comes to you from the confines of my super secret Robin Cave, where I've holed up with my stuffed animals and an iPod to play sweet drum fill jams and drown out the howling winter winds. Stay warm, and good luck, careful listeners.

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Music News
5:05 am
Fri February 20, 2015

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting's 'Race For Space'

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 8:10 am

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Deceptive Cadence
4:16 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori as hotel concierge M. Gustave and his lobby-boy confidante, Zero, in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 8:13 pm

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All Songs Considered
1:42 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

All Songs At 15: Have A Good Cry On Us

Every Thursday this year we're celebrating All Songs Considered's 15th birthday with personal memories and highlights from the show's decade and a half online and on the air. If you have a story about the show you'd like to share, drop us an email: allsongs@npr.org.

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All Songs Considered
11:27 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Viking's Choice: Never Young, 'Ur A Front'

Never Young.
Courtesy of the artist

There was a time in '90s hardcore when slam-dancing riffs gave way to melody and tempos that swayed like a ship at sea, confusing pit rituals in the process. Quicksand's Manic Compression and Jawbox's For Your Own Special Sweetheart are just a couple examples of this evolution, and it's somewhere in that sound that we find the Bay Area band Never Young.

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The Record
9:40 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Blur Announces First Album In 12 Years

Blur, producer Stephen Street and BBC host Zane Lowe during the band's Facebook webcast.
Facebook

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 10:08 am

Blur, one of the greatest rock bands of the 1990s, will release an album in 2015. It's called The Magic Whip, and it's due out April 28 in the U.S.

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Jazz Night In America
6:59 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Christian McBride On 'A Love Supreme' And Its Descendants

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 9:04 pm

Christian McBride remembers very well the first time he heard A Love Supreme, the John Coltrane classic that turns 50 this month. The bassist, composer and host of NPR's Jazz Night in America was in high school in Philadelphia, and had grown friendly with the staff at record store he passed on his daily commute.

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Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

New Mix: Native Lights, Chance the Rapper & Speedy Ortiz

Native Lights
Jeremy Charles / Courtesy of the artist

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at the 'gorgeously heavy' music from Tulsa's Native Lights, Chance the Rapper's musical collaboration, and the self-empowering sounds of Speedy Ortiz.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

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