Music

Mountain Stage
3:06 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Stephen Kellogg On Mountain Stage

Stephen Kellogg performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:00 am

Singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg is one of the nicest guys ever to play Mountain Stage. Mere seconds before his performance began, a heavy writing desk that was anchored to the backstage wall came lose, and Stephen was there to catch it – and hold it, with his guitar in the other hand – until a pair of stagehands relieved him.

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All Songs Considered
10:15 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Viking's Choice: Smoke-Filled Riffs Clobber The Air In Windhand's 'Orchard'

Windhand.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 4:42 pm

Windhand is one of those body-rattling bands whose decibels clobber the smoke-filled air. This is especially true in a live setting, in which masses of people are drawn to the riffs like moths. The Richmond stoner-metal band gets close to that desperately heavy live vibe on its second album, Soma, especially in "Orchard."

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All Songs Considered
6:47 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Hear How A Song Takes Shape

Jordan Geiger of the band Hospital Ships.
Adam Smith Courtesy of the artist

Did you want to hear how a song evolves? How a single spark of inspiration transforms into words and then melody and finally a fully produced complex production?

Jordon Gieger, known by the moniker Hospital Ships, has unveiled his journey as a songwriter for us. "Desolation Waltz" is a song Geiger began writing in Columbus, Ohio after "listening to a very fiery preacher on the radio, who would break into little melodies in the middle of his sermons. I decided to write songs a capella, in my car."

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All Songs Considered
4:12 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

New Music: Nine Inch Nails, Earl Sweatshirt, Juana Molina, More

Clockwise from upper left: Juana Molina, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Earl Sweatshirt, The Goldberg Sisters (Adam Goldberg)
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 6:38 am

All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton has been feeling a little dazed and confused lately, so host Bob Boilen gives him a "sonic hug" with a new song from the Austin, Texas rock band The Octopus Project. Robin follows with a surprising cut from the first new Nine Inch Nails album in five years. NPR's Sami Yenigun brings a healthy dose of dance beats from Seven Davis Jr.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:36 am
Mon August 19, 2013

The Front Bottoms: Tiny Desk Concert

The Front Bottoms performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 2:14 pm

When I first saw The Front Bottoms, I was stunned to see 350-plus singing, shouting club-goers repeat verse after complicated verse back at singer Brian Sella. Then it happened again at a hot, sweaty club in Philadelphia, and later in D.C., and then again in Baltimore. The community that's formed around these songs — as total strangers purge deep emotions in a public space — is a beautiful phenomenon, a testament to the passion and compassion that this band radiates.

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