Music

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7:11 am
Wed January 28, 2015

opbmusic Presents: Greylag

Up and coming Portland rock band Greylag performed live in opbmusic's studios.
OPB

The Portland band Greylag quietly released a great self-titled debut in 2014. Produced by Phil Ek, the album finds a sweet spot in which moody, autumnal songs receive a welcome jolt of gritty electric guitar.

"Arms Unknown" opens with Andrew Stonestreet's strummed verse and gains momentum throughout a thumping chorus joined by guitarist Daniel Dixon, drummer Brady Swan and bassist Seth Mankoski.

Watch the rest of Greylag's studio performance at opbmusic.org.

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World Cafe
11:49 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Colin Hay On World Cafe

Colin Hay.
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As '80s Week continues, World Cafe keeps combing through its archive for artists from the decade of synths and irregular haircuts. Today, that means bringing back a wide-ranging 2004 session with Colin Hay of the Australian band Men At Work. Hay's distinctive voice helped carry songs like "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under" to prominence in the early '80s.

Here, the singer performs a few of his newer songs and tells the story of Men At Work's international success.

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All Songs Considered
10:29 am
Tue January 27, 2015

New Mix: Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, More

Top row: Death Cab For Cutie; middle row, left to right: Laura Marling, Asaf Avidan, Ibeyi; bottom row: Modest Mouse
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:10 pm

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Songs We Love
9:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Pond, 'Elvis' Flaming Star'

The long-running Australian rock band Pond features members of Tame Impala, Mink Mussel Creek and Allbrook/Avery.
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:41 am

The Australian psychedelic pop band Pond, which features Tame Impala drummer Jay Watson, takes listeners on a retro-futuristic odyssey throughout its new album, Man It Feels Like Space Again. With a vintage glam-rock vibe that brings to mind David Bowie and T-Rex, "Elvis' Flaming Star" is filled with explosions, otherworldly sounds and dizzying time changes. A sense of creativity and fun permeates the song, which calls to mind the playful antics of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips.

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Front Row
8:24 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Front Row: Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Still Trying'

Nathaniel Rateliff performs live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Mass.
WGBH

Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff performed live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Nov. 4. Rateliff told us before the show that this song, "Still Trying," "is a song about struggling with alcoholism and how you go to bed drunk and you tell yourself, 'Tomorrow, I'm gonna sober up and totally not do that tomorrow,' and then you do the same thing the next day."

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