Music

All Songs Considered
9:33 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Viking's Choice: Consider Yourself Ravaged By Bastard Sapling

Bastard Sapling.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 10:12 am

Dorthia Cottrell is one of the most haunting vocalists in metal right now, howling like Ozzy Osbourne in a wind tunnel. But either out of aesthetics or shyness, her voice has always been buried by the relentlessly heavy mix on her two excellent records singing for Windhand. Thankfully, some friends convinced her to serve as the focal point of a track from a fellow Richmond metal band.

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All Songs Considered
7:29 am
Tue June 10, 2014

New Mix: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch And More

Clockwise from upper left: The New Pornographers, Mapei, Moon Hooch.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 9:46 am

On this week's All Songs Considered: New music from the pop giants in The New Pornographers, hip-hop and R&B singer Mapei, the riff-rock sax group Moon Hooch, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and more.

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All Songs Considered
4:03 am
Tue June 10, 2014

I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

If it's June, let the wedding bells, and the music, ring out.
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Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. And then there's the name of the month itself, thought to be inspired by Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage.

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World Cafe
1:28 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

World Cafe Next: Beaty Heart

Beaty Heart.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:02 am

  • Hear Two Songs By Beaty Heart

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a trio from South London. Beaty Heart makes rock music that keeps you on your toes: It's quirky, irreverent and complicated, with a tropical vibe that recalls Vampire Weekend.

Download two songs by the band at the audio link.

Live in Concert
1:08 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

tUnE-yArDs In Concert

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 6:26 am

A live performance by tUnE-yArDs is as thrilling and unshakeable as the music itself. For this set, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Merrill Garbus, the mad genius behind tUnE-yArDs brought along two frenetic dancers and backup singers, an extra percussionist, a bassist, and two enormous pairs of glittery blue eyes that stared the audience down from the back of the stage.

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