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All Songs Considered
12:12 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

All Songs +1: What's The First Song A Newborn Should Hear?

Mozart is great for babies, but what about Miles Davis? [Note: This child does not belong to Robin Hilton.]
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The Record
11:26 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Can You Have An Album On iTunes If You Don't Exist?

A screenshot of the now-removed page for Lucia Cole's album, Innocence, on iTunes.
NPR

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 7:21 am

The Internet is a strange and wonderful place.

Say you're an up-and-coming singer-songwriter and you're looking for an audience. You've got an active presence on social media, a deal with a major label and a proven sound that, while a little dated, probably would have sold reasonably well if it had come out around the peak of the late-'90s/early-'00s bubblegum pop era.

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All Songs Considered
9:03 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Don Henley's Releasing A Country Album — Hear Two New Songs

Don Henley
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Eagles drummer, singer-songwriter and producer Don Henley is back with his first solo album in 15 years.

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All Songs Considered
3:17 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Chvrches Tease New Album With 'Leave A Trace'

Chvrches' second album, Every Open Eye, comes out Sept. 25.
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All Songs Considered
12:52 pm
Thu July 16, 2015

Songs We Love: Red River Dialect, 'Amelia'

Red River Dialect.
Jack Kindred-Boothby Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:32 pm

There is an unrequited yearning to Red River Dialect's music that's steadfastly pinned to hearts as they run every which way. That feeling is even written into the English band's album title, Tender Gold and Gentle Blue, descriptive colors that are warm and inviting but also vulnerable and given to telling hard truths.

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All Songs Considered
11:29 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Song Premiere: Soren Bryce, 'Sirens'

Kristen Burns Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 1:38 pm

Singer-songwriter Soren Bryce sounds like the type who has more ideas than there are minutes in a day. It's a particular kind of creative person: A novelist who wakes up with words ready to pour out, a painter who sketches compulsively on any available surface, a songwriter who rises in the middle of the night to capture a somnial melody. Bryce, who at 18 has taught herself six instruments and was classically trained on two others, seems to have the gene.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Review: Watkins Family Hour, 'Watkins Family Hour'

Watkins Family Hour's self-titled debut comes out July 24.
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Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:55 am

On one hand, there's nothing surprising about Watkins Family Hour. When seven incredibly talented musicians get together to make music in a world-class studio with a top-notch producer, it's no shock that the thing sounds good. What is surprising is how well the album's diverse cast works together — there's an innate sense of understanding among the players, of the variety that only comes after years spent working together.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Review: Omar Souleyman, 'Bahdeni Nami'

Omar Souleyman's new album, Bahdeni Nami, comes out July 24.
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Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:52 am

There may be no more unlikely act in indie/electronic music than a sunglasses-and-keffiyeh-wearing wedding singer with a chain smoker's gruff voice. But Omar Souleyman is no ordinary musical act; if anything, he's one of the most resilient performers you'll see on the summer festival circuit, whether it's at FYF Fest, Big Ears Festival or Bonnaroo. Not that Souleyman's music is inherently strange itself.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Review: Jessie Jones, 'Jessie Jones'

Jessie Jones' new album, Jessie Jones, comes out July 24.
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Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:53 am

Psychedelic music is in the midst of a minor revolution, or at least one of neo-psychedelia's most pronounced revivals since the Paisley Underground in the early '80s or New Weird America throughout the second half of the '00s. While those two scenes looked to psych's closest neighbors — underground rock and folk, respectively — for help, psych circa 2015 journeys further to borrow a cup of pop sugar, as led by Tame Impala and others who obscure the line between Boomer rock and electronic music.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

Review: Ashley Monroe, 'The Blade'

Ashley Monroe's new album, The Blade, comes out July 24.
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Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:51 am

Not many country singers under 30 could score a chart-topping hit with mainstream mainstay Blake Shelton ("Lonely Tonight"), frequent collaborations with elder statesman Vince Gill and a spot in Jack White's Third Man House Band — which is saying nothing of Ashley Monroe's recurring role in the all-star trio

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