Music

Tiny Desk Concerts
10:33 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Superchunk: Tiny Desk Concert

Superchunk performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 30, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:06 pm

It's remarkable to think that Superchunk's career has spanned four decades. The North Carolina band got its start in 1989, and here it is in 2013, with a new record called I Hate Music that demonstrates an undying passion for punk-fueled story songs with catchy phrasing.

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Favorite Sessions
10:15 am
Mon October 7, 2013

KEXP Presents: Shugo Tokumaru

Shugo Tokumaru performs live on KEXP.
Dave Lichterman KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:07 am

KEXP's session with Japanese musician Shugo Tokumaru would be charming in any language. On his albums, the young multi-instrumentalist meticulously crafts every aspect by himself, and he's reported to have used more than 100 different instruments in his recordings. Live in the studio here, he's backed by a small army of musicians who wield a colorful arsenal of tiny plastic whistles, toy xylophones, bird whistles and more. The band even brings along a clown puppet.

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Favorite Sessions
9:36 am
Thu October 3, 2013

KCRW Presents: Jim James

Jim James.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:15 am

Armed with a Golden Panda talisman and his iconic Flying V guitar, My Morning Jacket singer Jim James recently took the stage in front of a small Santa Monica, Calif., audience to perform several songs from his solo album debut, Regions of Light and Sound of God. With some tracks spanning nearly nine and a half minutes, James took the audience on one journey after another — including this one, "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)."

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All Songs Considered
4:08 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'

Video for the Jackson Scott song "Sandy."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:57 pm

Musicians have a long history of turning tragedy into art. From Neil Young's stirring indictment against the shooting of Kent State students in the 1970 song "Ohio," to the countless tributes and musical memorials to 9-11, artists often feel a need to make sense of the senseless and offer comfort through song.

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Music Interviews
12:24 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

You're Only 69 Questions Away From A New Song (About You)

Jim Bianco wants to write a song about you. Yes, you.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:43 am

It was Dick Clark who said music is the soundtrack of your life. It's not that those songs are really about you — the best ones just feel like they are. But what if they really could be?

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