The Record
7:58 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile's fifth studio album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, will be out on March 3.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 8:45 am

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11:42 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Alaskan Music Spotlight: Michael Howard

produced by James Glaves (Anchorage, AK) and Jacob Winik (San Francisco, CA)
Credit Album Art - Kori Blakely

  Friday December 12, 2014 Michael Howard came to the KNBA Studios to share music and conversation about his new CD.  The Martyr and the Magician is expected to be available to the public in mid January. You can connect here with the video for the single, Tiny Birch Basket.  Michael Howard grew up in Alaska and the new album is his first, full production, studio album. For more on the artist, please visit his home page!

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World Cafe
11:17 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Kindness On World Cafe

Myles Pettengill Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 3:29 pm

Kindness, born Adam Bainbridge, knows his way around grooves. Otherness, his second album, is a fitting introduction to the Blood Orange collaborator's sincere, kinetic take on R&B and synth-pop. Songs begin deep in the pocket and slowly unravel in a spray of horn blasts and drum hits. In this way, "World Restart" functions as both a song title and a mission statement: Kindness is rejuvenating.

Hear the full segment at the audio link and individual songs below.

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Mountain Stage
11:09 am
Mon December 15, 2014

St. Paul & The Broken Bones On Mountain Stage

St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Paul Janeway and his band St. Paul And The Broken Bones make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live before a sold-out crowd in Charleston, W.Va. Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., the group has a sound that forcefully channels Memphis. Comparisons to Stax Records heavyweights write themselves: the Memphis Horns, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn and, perhaps most notably, Otis Redding, thanks to Janeway's mammoth vocal chops.

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Favorite Sessions
10:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers perform "Come In The Water," live in the KEXP studio.
Jim Bennett KEXP

"Put your hand on the chest / of a heart that is beating."

That line, from The Barr Brothers' new album Sleeping Operator, might as well be the Montreal band's mission statement. While the new songs mix acoustic folk-rock, electrified blues, lush chamber-pop, traditional West African styles and other influences, each conveys immediate emotive force.

This is especially true of "Come In The Water," a song inspired by the tragic 1997 shooting of Israeli teens along the Jordan River. It's lovingly performed here in the intimate confines of a KEXP studio.

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