First Listen
4:59 am
Fri October 24, 2014

First Listen: Grouper, 'Ruins'

Grouper's new album, Ruins, comes out Oct. 31.
Jason Bokros Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 9:25 am

Nothing is more intimate than the human voice, and few human voices are as intimate as the one belonging to Liz Harris. The Portland ambient artist known as Grouper has recorded more than 10 albums in the past 10 years, but most of her fans likely know her from her crowning achievement, 2008's incongruously titled Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.

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Field Recordings
11:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Wild Beasts: A 'Beautiful Truth' In A Beautiful Bar

The members of Wild Beasts perform for a Field Recordings video shoot at The Campbell Apartment in New York City's Grand Central Station.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

You can be 10 feet from The Campbell Apartment, a bar tucked into the corner of New York's Grand Central Station, and not have any idea it's there. The office of a member of the New York Central Railroad's Board Of Directors in the 1920s (and later a storage closet and a jail), the room is intimate in spite of its 25-foot ceilings and the enormous leaded-glass window that faces Vanderbilt Avenue.

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Book Reviews
6:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

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Rock 'n' roll was built on rebellion, but too often today, that's about as deep as the conversation goes — especially now that rock is so completely woven into the mainstream, it's hard to imagine a time when it wasn't pop-culture wallpaper.

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All Songs TV
4:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Scott Walker + Sunn O))), 'Brando'

A still from "Brando."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:30 am

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All Songs Considered
8:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Viking's Choice: Chumped, 'Name That Thing'

Rebecca Reed Courtesy of the artist

Growing up sucks. Growing up is awesome. You trade in the insecurities of one age for another, and yet somehow become wiser in the process — or at least that's the idea. After just a couple of solid EPs, that seems to be the crossroads where the Brooklyn band Chumped stands right now. "Name That Thing" comes from a debut album with an appropriate title: Teenage Retirement.

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