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All Songs Considered
11:02 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Viking's Choice: Blacklisted, 'Burnt Palms'

Blacklisted.
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:34 pm

It's been six years since Blacklisted's No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me, a gritty hardcore record that outwardly plays with melody, noise and lunging tempos that felt truer to Soundgarden or Nirvana's Bleach than anything else. Now comes When People Grow, People Go, a record that leans more on the band's straight-ahead hardcore fury, but with experimentation lurking beneath the surface. Here's one of the album's major ragers, "Burnt Palms."

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All Songs Considered
2:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Viking's Choice: Visigoth, 'The Revenant King'

Visigoth.
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:35 pm

If wizards, battles and crunchy riffs roll your 20-sided die a critical hit, heed Visigoth's call. On its debut album, the Salt Lake City power-metal band looks to Manowar, Judas Priest and Manilla Road ("Necropolis" gets covered here) for that classic '80s sound, but the production is decidedly heavier, with mammoth choruses led by Jake Rogers' regal voice. Take a listen to the title track from The Revenant King and try not to raise your fists in triumph.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Until The Ribbon Breaks, 'A Lesson Unlearnt'

Until The Ribbon Breaks' new album, A Lesson Unlearnt, comes out Jan. 20.
Jesse DeFlorio Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:31 am

Pete Lawrie-Winfield's studio project Until The Ribbon Breaks frequently nods to celluloid, with cinematic references underpinning many of the British producer's gloomy tracks. Begun as a solo project while Winfield was still in film school (and providing his own soundtracks for his work), UTRB infuses its first single "Pressure" with snippets lifted from David Lynch's Lost Highway. In posting online a "re-imagining" of The Weeknd's "Wicked Games," Winfield set Abel Tesfaye's twisted track to the sultry imagery of a blindfolded Kim Basinger in 9 1/2 Weeks.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Red Baraat, 'Gaadi Of Truth'

Red Baraat's new album, Gaadi Of Truth, comes out Jan. 20.
James Bartolozzi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:32 am

One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording. Red Baraat is a beat- and brass-driven affair, with a double-headed Indian drum as its timekeeper and rhythm maker. Sunny Jain plays the dhol, and on Gaadi Of Truth he feeds those rhythms through processing pedals, expanding on the Indian traditions he experienced growing up in his Rochester, N.Y., home. This is the first record I can think of that applies a lot of effects to the sousaphone.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Viet Cong, 'Viet Cong'

Viet Cong's self-titled album comes out on Jan. 20.
Colin Way Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:30 am

Two miserable experiences hang heavily over the band Viet Cong. First came the acrimonious dissolution of Women, of which bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Michael Wallace were members. Not long after came the death of that band's guitarist, Chris Reimer. Both of Viet Cong's records — last year's Cassette EP and this self-titled full-length debut — labor to process grief and move forward from its grip. Cassette weaved its way through several carefully donned styles before letting the bottom drop out into dark, aggressive rock.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Belle And Sebastian, 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'

Belle And Sebastian's new album, Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance, comes out Jan. 20.
Søren Solkær Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:29 am

Nine albums into a career spanning two decades, Belle And Sebastian resides at a tricky point in its career: Veteran musicians often shed fans rather than accumulating them, as tastes shift, the fickle lose interest and diehards succumb to distractions.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Sleater-Kinney, 'No Cities To Love'

Sleater-Kinney's new album, No Cities To Love, comes out Jan. 20.
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Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:30 am

Reunion mythology is a powerful force in the music industry. It can artificially preserve overripe bands past their sell-by date, or rob stellar releases of thoughtful criticism in favor of tireless gossip. Former bandmates pursuing other projects have to shout louder than their own histories to be heard in a new context. The lionization and dramatization of reunions ignores the fundamental alchemy of all music-making, regardless of chronology: that artists find each other and choose each other, out of all the artists in the world, to create something new every time they interact.

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Music News
6:00 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Country Quartet Little Big Town Finds Fun In Being A Foursome

The Nashville country quartet Little Big Town recently released its sixth studio album, Pain Killer.
Courtesy of Sandbox Entertainment

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 9:36 am

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Music News
7:50 am
Sun January 11, 2015

The More, The Better: Repetition Propels Songs Up The Charts

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:30 am

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Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

What makes a song a hit? Is it a catchy beat, an amazing voice? Let's use this song as an example.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHAKE IT OFF")

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Music Interviews
5:37 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

Uptown Boy: Mark Ronson And The Producer As Rock Star

Mark Ronson's latest album is Uptown Special.
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Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 6:47 pm

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