Music

All Songs Considered
10:28 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Viking's Choice: Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, 'Unnamed'

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth.
Invisible Hour Courtesy of the artist

In the land grab that was the early '90s Seattle grunge scene, TAD was the hard rock band caught up in the groundswell. And how could you miss them? Bummer melodies cloaked in giant riffs, a juvenile sense of humor (see: God's Balls, 8-Way Santa) and the larger-than-life frontman Tad Doyle. More than most of their peers, the band made records that hold up even if major labels dropped them left and right. Six years in the making, Doyle returns triumphant with Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and one of the most satisfying and heaviest doom metal records in years.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Future Brown, 'Future Brown'

Future Brown's new self-titled album comes out Feb. 24.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:06 am

Future Brown is a post-human, post-geographical electronic music collective that is both decidedly human and highly geographical. The four main members hail from far afield (Los Angeles, New York, Kuwait) but live most fully in the drifting state that artists can inhabit when they work the global circuit right. Fatima Al Qadiri is the best-known, with releases on the U.K. labels Fade To Mind and Hyperdub and extra-musical membership in the GCC, a conceptual art project that addresses hyper-real life in the Persian Gulf.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Public Service Broadcasting, 'The Race For Space'

Public Service Broadcasting's new album, The Race For Space, comes out Feb. 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:08 am

In 2015, it's easy to take for granted how important and far-reaching the space race was. But imagine yourself in 1957: News breaks that there's something in the sky — in space — and if you tune your shortwave radio to an especially high frequency, you can hear its signal chirping back to you as it circles the Earth. It's called Sputnik, the first man-made satellite launched into orbit. The Soviet Union's groundbreaking success ushered in a new era, and nothing has been the same since.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Dan Deacon, 'Gliss Riffer'

Dan Deacon's new album, Gliss Riffer, comes out Feb. 24.
Frank Hamilton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:07 am

The glissando (gliss for short) is a musical term describing the sound of an instrument as it glides from one pitch to another. A favorite trick of jazz hornmen and slide guitarists, the gliss can be a woozy, gleeful sound or a mournful one. When executed by a virtuoso violinist, the notes between the start and the finish of the gliss blur together into a gorgeous, ribbonlike swoop of sound.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: The Pop Group, 'Citizen Zombie'

The Pop Group's new album, Citizen Zombie, comes out Feb. 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:09 am

These days, band reunions are more of an expectation than a novelty. They can function as a victory lap, as a chance to build memories for those too young or too distant to have caught them the first time, and as an opportunity for original fans to revisit an era when they were younger and perhaps more idealistic.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Kristin Diable, 'Create Your Own Mythology'

Kristin Diable's new album, Create Your Own Mythology, comes out Feb. 24.
Jason Kruppa Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:06 am

The romantic notion of a musician holing up in a studio, alone between soundproof walls with her genius and the muses, doesn't hold water in Louisiana. The lion's share of post-contact American musical history has been borne along the curves of the Mississippi River, and no place incubates a tune quite like the cradle of the Crescent City. There's no turning off the faucet of sound in Louisiana; no shutting the windows against the breezes of history or creativity. It's molecular, ancestral, unavoidable.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: Screaming Females, 'Rose Mountain'

Screaming Females' new album, Rose Mountain, comes out Feb. 24.
Lance Bangs Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:04 am

For 10 years, Screaming Females' music has come wailing out of the scruffiest and homiest of venues — basements across its home state of New Jersey, house shows from coast to coast, even NPR's Tiny Desk — in a ragged style befitting the band's lean, raw, punk-informed rock.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

First Listen: THEESatisfaction, 'EarthEE'

THEESatisfaction's album, EarthEE, comes out Feb. 24.
King Texas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:05 am

THEESatisfaction opens its second album, EarthEE, with the lines, "Said the bird to the water: May I take a sip? May I dip my toes in it?" Whether the introduction is meant as an avian parable or, more likely, a declaration of intent, it effectively functions as a disclaimer identical to the one cheekily issued by Beyoncé halfway through "Blow": I'm about to get into this. In both cases, the warning is purely decorative.

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Music
5:01 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

The Doctor Is In: Eddie Henderson On Life As 'The Funk Surgeon'

Eddie Henderson's latest album is Collective Portrait.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 6:20 pm

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Music
7:32 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Raising Pops: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle

Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples
Spencer Tweedy Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 8:17 pm

More than 15 years ago, Roebuck "Pops" Staples started recording his final album with his daughters, Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne of the gospel-R&B family act The Staple Singers. Pops was ailing, but his voice was strong.

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