Who you are and who people think you should be are often two very different things. Nigel Holt, the singer-songwriter/producer who performs under the moniker HXLT, knows this all too well.

The band School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012, but it's only now being released. They didn't know it at the time, but one of the band's two members, Benjamin Curtis, was about to be diagnosed with cancer. He died the following year at the age of 35.

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Feb 5, 2016

With seven albums, four EPs, seven 7" vinyl records and one live set under its belt, the Philadelphia rock outfit Dr. Dog released its eighth full-length LP Friday. For this record, The Psychedelic Swamp, the band revisited and re-recorded songs from a set of experimental cassette recordings it had made in 2000.

"These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled."

During the climactic final scene of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Brad Fiedel's moody, pummeling synth score turns tender as industrial sounds clang in the background. That melody is as seared into viewers' memory as the scene itself. So it's hard to shake that melody from the first half of Good Willsmith's "What Goes In The Ocean Goes In You," which is centered on a modal, minor key as synths whir to life around it.

Savages' first album, Silence Yourself, was a ferocious and angry record. On the follow-up, Adore Life, the message is no less powerful, but the focus has shifted to love and the importance of living in the moment. The British post-punk band is incredible live, as this performance of "Adore" for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic demonstrates.


  • "Adore"

Tift Merritt On Mountain Stage

Feb 3, 2016

Tift Merritt returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn. Born in Texas and raised in North Carolina, Merritt rose to the top of the alt-country singer-songwriter scene back in 2002, with the release of Bramble Rose. With an assist from fellow North Carolinian Ryan Adams, Merritt released the Grammy-nominated Tambourine in 2004.

If your twee-dar's going off, it's because Free Cake For Every Creature's song "For You" is as cute as a one-inch button pinned to a thrift-store jacket. The VHS-quality video is equally adorable, shot on the streets of Philly on a budget befitting the back half of MTV's 120 Minutes, replete with floating doughnuts and questionably successful high kicks.