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The Record
1:13 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Audio Quality Quiz Results: You Did Slightly Better Than Guessing Randomly

Chris Martin of Coldplay in 2008. When asked to pick the highest-quality clip of Coldplay's song "Speed of Sound," more of you guessed the lowest quality MP3 than the lossless WAV file.
Bryan Bedder Getty Images

Last week, we published a quiz testing listeners on their ability to discern between lossless audio and compressed mp3s. We picked six songs from different eras and genres: an early digital recording of a Mozart piano concerto, an a cappella version of a pop song, the billionth song ever sold on iTunes, the most-streamed song of 2014 and two songs from musicians who happen to own digital music services.

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All Songs Considered
9:44 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Song Premiere: Gardens & Villa, 'Fixations'

S. Perlin Courtesy of the artist

There was a moment, listening to Gardens & Villa's new song "Fixations," that I was transported back to 1974 and hearing Brian Eno's "Third Uncle" from that brilliant album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). It's all in the way Chris Lynch and Adam Rasmussen blend buzzy synths, guitars and vocals to make one sonic signature.

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Microphone Check
8:15 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Microphone Check Live: Father

Father onstage at Terminal West in Atlanta May 18.
Amanda Greene for NPR

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Tue June 9, 2015

Evenly Odd: Carl Nielsen's Distinctive Symphonies

Danish composer Carl Nielsen wrote six exuberant symphonies.
Royal Danish Library

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 10:50 am

"Quirky" is a descriptor that seems to have stuck to Danish composer Carl Nielsen, born 150 years ago on June 9, 1865.

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All Songs Considered
12:03 am
Tue June 9, 2015

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Announces New Album With The Arcs

Dan Auerbach of The Arcs.
Alysse Gafkjen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 9:36 am

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The Two-Way
5:02 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Apple Announces Music Streaming Service

Jimmy Iovine announces the new streaming service Apple Music in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 7:35 am

Apple has announced the launch of Apple Music, an app that adds a subscription streaming service to iTunes, the largest music retailer in the world.

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Music News
3:14 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Amid Violence In Baghdad, A Musician Creates A One-Man Vigil

Karim Wasfi, conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra, at his home in Baghdad, has been playing his cello at the sites of explosive attacks in Baghdad.
Ahmed Qusay for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 11:29 am

The roar of a car bomb has been the prelude to Karim Wasfi's performances of late.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Review: Alpine, 'Yuck'

Alpine's new album, Yuck, comes out June 16.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:20 pm

The sound of the Australian indie-pop band Alpine is so spare and meticulous, it's hard to believe it emanates from a six-piece group. While there's guitar, bass, keyboards and drums at play behind frontwomen Phoebe Baker and Lou James, Alpine builds its songs up harmonically, allowing its sound a sense of space not unlike modern R&B or the likes of jj and Lykke Li.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Review: Richard Thompson, 'Still'

Richard Thompson's new album, Still, comes out June 23.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:18 pm

Richard Thompson's 16th solo album Still closes with an unusual homage to his longstanding sources of inspiration. It's called "Guitar Heroes," and though it's predominantly a standard jump blues, it's laced with extended interludes in which Thompson — arguably the most under-appreciated guitar hero currently recording — tips his hat to Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and other titans.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Review: Walk Off The Earth, 'Sing It All Away'

Walk Off The Earth's new album, Sing It All Away, comes out June 16.
Jiro Schneider Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 10:11 pm

The Canadian pop band Walk Off The Earth has followed a thoroughly modern path to success, starting with the way it broke through on the strength of adorable YouTube covers ("Somebody That I Used To Know" has 165 million views and counting) and continuing through its approach to its own compositions.

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