Music

World Cafe
12:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dan Croll On World Cafe

Dan Croll.
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English electro-pop musician Dan Croll released his debut album earlier this year; it's titled Sweet Disarray, an apt name for such a stylistically rich record.

Croll went to school for music at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, which was founded by Paul McCartney. Croll was even chosen by his classmates to meet Sir Paul; we'll hear that story and a live set in the studio today.

All Songs Considered
5:01 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler

"Vengo" by Ana Tijoux is one of NPR Music's favorite songs of the year (so far).
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The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. The full list of 50 songs makes a potent stew ranging from power pop and brash hip-hop to electro-fueled dance music and intimate portraits from jazz vocalists, classical guitarists and folk troubadours.

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Music Interviews
12:10 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

On Its Confident Debut, Phox Puts A Reluctant Voice Front And Center

Phox released its self-titled debut album last week.
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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 3:37 pm

People hearing Monica Martin's astonishing voice for the first time might fairly assume that the Phox frontwoman has sung for rapt audiences forever. But they'd be wrong.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:40 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert

Alex Schelldorf NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 7:46 am

For 23-year-old singer-guitarist Lydia Loveless, gritty, countrified blues-rock is a palette broad enough to include literary drama — complete with fatalistic references to the doomed French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud — and a plainspoken plea for oral sex.

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All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Mix: Bon Iver, White Fence, Luluc, Freddie Gibbs, More

Clockwise from upper left: Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Luluc, Freddie Gibbs, Tim Presley and Ty Segall of White Fence
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Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:02 pm

On this week's All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton play new songs from upcoming releases by Bon Iver, Luluc and White Fence and talk with members of the NPR Music team about some of their favorite music from the first half of the year.

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