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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Review: Bully, 'Feels Like'

Bully's new album, Feels Like, comes out June 23.
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:04 pm

Alicia Bognanno isn't one for wasted motion: The indefatigable lead singer of Nashville's Bully crafts her songs for maximum impact in minimal time, taking care never to overstay her welcome or overdress her arrangements. Feels Like, the Nashville band's effervescent debut, speeds by in about half an hour, having left behind a trail of two- and three-minute songs that stick in the brain for ages.

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First Listen
10:56 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

Review: Leon Bridges, 'Coming Home'

Leon Bridges's new album, Coming Home, comes out June 23.
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Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:05 pm

When Leon Bridges sings, he often raises his arms in a chest-opening gesture that might resolve in a benediction or a finger snap. Like the music the 25-year-old Fort Worth soul sensation has carefully crafted for his debut, his signature move seems simple, but hold many meanings.

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Music Interviews
5:13 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

The Hills Are Alive: Maria Schneider Lets Memory Guide The Music

Maria Schneider's latest album is The Thompson Fields.
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Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 10:41 pm

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Music Interviews
7:48 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Alt.Latino's Picks For A Hot Summer Soundtrack

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

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Music News
7:48 am
Sun June 14, 2015

How Iggy Azalea Fell From 'Fancy' To Cancelled

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FANCY")

IGGY AZALEA: (Rapping) First things first, I'm the realist. Drop this, and let the whole world feel it.

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Music
2:03 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Charlie Hunter: One Less String Attached

Charlie Hunter.
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Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 11:02 am

The last time Charlie Hunter came to the NPR studios, he brought an eight-string guitar with fanned-out frets that included bass strings. He's now pared down to just seven strings, but his guitar still produces a big, fat sound. Let The Bells Ring On is Hunter's new album, and it features two jazz innovators: trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte. It's a record that goes every which way, but in places is rooted in gospel and the music on which he grew up.

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Music Interviews
5:51 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Bridging The Decades: Leon Bridges' Soulful 'Coming Home'

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Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

Soul singer Leon Bridges is 25 years old, from Fort Worth, Texas — and he's about to blow up. The first tracks from his forthcoming debut album, Coming Home, started to sneak out a few months ago, and they've already become hits online. From the moment he went viral, people were quick to compare his sound and look that of to Sam Cooke.

But Bridges says he didn't find his way into music through Cooke — in fact, he only started listening to him around two years ago.

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The Two-Way
3:12 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Foo Fighters Frontman Breaks Leg During Concert, But The Show Goes On

Fans react as Foo Fighters band member Dave Grohl falls from the stage during the band's concert at Nya Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Friday.
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Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl fell off a stage during a concert in Goteborg, Sweden — but went to the hospital and was back to finish the gig.

In videos of the incident, a seemingly calm Grohl, tells the crowd at Ullevi Stadium: "I think I really broke my leg."

"I'm going to go to hospital. I'm going to fix my leg. And then I'm going to come back," he says.

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Sat June 13, 2015

The Good Listener: Will We Remember Today's Pop Stars In 50 Years?

Will we remember Taylor Swift in 20 years? Well, we've already remembered her for at least nine...
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We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the mail-order grapefruits that have us pondering the nature of the mail-order-grapefruit business is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on pop music's staying power.

Steven F. writes via Facebook: "Which current music stars will be remembered 20 or 50 years from now, which will be forgotten, and why?"

There are so many quick-twitch responses to this question — and virtually all of them are, at least on some level, wrong.

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Music Interviews
8:01 am
Sat June 13, 2015

'Anything Goes' On Alpine's 'Yuck'

The Australian band Alpine made waves at South by Southwest a couple of years ago. Their new album, Yuck, comes out on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:46 am

The Australian sextet Alpine created a sensation at South by Southwest a couple of years ago, following the 2012 release of their debut album A Is for Alpine. Their newest collection, set for release on Tuesday, has a more bracing title: Yuck.

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