Heavy Rotation
4:03 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 SXSW Discoveries Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Future Islands at SXSW 2014.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:55 am

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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SXSW: Live From Austin
9:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

SXSW 2014: Perfect Pussy, Live In Concert

Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves performs during NPR Music's SXSW showcase.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 12:26 pm

Before her band had played a single note, frontwoman Meredith Graves surveyed a thousands-strong crowd packing Stubb's BBQ at NPR Music's 2014 SXSW showcase.

"We're Perfect Pussy," she said. "We're terrified."

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Favorite Sessions
6:18 am
Thu March 20, 2014

KCRW Presents: James Vincent McMorrow

Rob LaFond KCRW

On a day when Americans and others celebrate Irish heritage, KCRW welcomed falsetto-voiced Irishman James Vincent McMorrow to the studio. Post Tropical is his new album, and you can immediately feel the influence of soul records written by the likes of Donny Hathaway and D'Angelo — although as McMorrow told us, it was actually recorded on a pecan farm in South Texas. Hear the results in this song, "Cavalier."

Watch KCRW's entire session with James Vincent McMorrow on

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Neil Young Wants You To Truly Hear Music

Neil Young in conversation with NPR's Bob Boilen.
A.J. Wilhelm for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:46 pm

Neil Young wants you to truly hear the music you listen to. Over the years, the trend in audio has prioritized convenience over quality. Last week at SXSW, I had a conversation with Neil Young about an idea he has to change that trend. In this interview, he talks about Pono, the new audio player he's been helping develop. Just before the interview, I spent time listening to Pono. It's impressive.

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All Songs Considered
5:59 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Song Premiere: Merchandise, 'Figured Out'

Merchandise's new song "Figured Out" will appear on a special Record Store Day LP, along with music from Destruction Unit and Milk Music.
Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 6:26 am

DIY punk bands from around the country are getting a bit more attention these days, largely due to Twitter and Bandcamp, and one of the turning points was Merchandise's 2012 album, Children of Desire. The Tampa-based band was a revelation to a lot of different music lovers; instead of the DIY garage-band stereotype, Children of Desire sounded like The Smiths. (Granted, a rough-hewn version without Morrissey's way with words, but The Smiths nonetheless).

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