Music

All Songs Considered
11:44 am
Tue February 18, 2014

New Mix: Sisyphus, Avey Tare, Nothing, More

Clockwise from upper left: Sisyphus (Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti), Diane Cluck, Avey Tare, The Family Crest
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 12:30 pm

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton open this week's show by reminiscing about a recent Son Lux and San Fermin show that delivered epic sounds with bold, cinematic rock. Bob and Robin's shared love for walls of noise leads them directly to the orchestral opening track on this week's program, "Beneath The Brine" by The Family Crest.

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World Cafe
11:02 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Suzanne Vega On World Cafe

Suzanne Vega.
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Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 12:20 pm

For today's Vintage Cafe, we revisit iconic singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega's time in the World Cafe studios back in February.

Vega burst on the New York City folk scene in 1987 with her second album, Solitude Standing, and specifically the song "Luka." Later, a short a cappella song from that album, "Tom's Diner," was remixed by DNA and became a pop sensation.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
10:08 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cate Le Bon: Tiny Desk Concert

Cate Le Bon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:52 am

The Beatles may be an odd place to begin a Cate Le Bon conversation, but I remember being struck by the way four guys from Liverpool could sing without their English accents. That's true of most pop singers, whose words often come out sounding more American than anything else. But that's not true with Cate Le Bon. Her phrasing is completely tied to her Welsh dialect — in fact, her first record was in Welsh.

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First Listen
7:02 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

First Listen: St. Vincent, 'St. Vincent'

St. Vincent's new, self-titled album comes out Feb. 25.
Renata Raksha Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 11:16 am

The word "eccentric" pops up often in descriptions of Annie Clark and the music she performs as St. Vincent. It's a word attached to trailblazers of many kinds. Often though not always, there's a degree of respect wrapped up in the idea of eccentricity — and intrigue, certainly — but there's also a gentle admonishment, a "we both know you're breaking the rules" eyebrow-raising inherent in that descriptor. A more apt word for St. Vincent, written into every inch of her self-titled fourth album, is fearless.

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First Listen
5:58 am
Mon February 17, 2014

First Listen: The Notwist, 'Close To The Glass'

The Notwist's new album, Close to the Glass, comes out Feb. 25.
Joerg Koopman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 11:17 am

On paper, the German electro-pop band The Notwist sounds less accessible than it is: Since getting together 25 years ago, its members have delved into everything from hardcore to underground hip-hop to proggy jazz, with many varyingly arty detours in between. But the latter half of its history, particularly once you hit the sublime early-'00s breakthrough Neon Golden, is wonderfully warm and approachable.

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