Music

All Songs Considered
10:55 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Viking's Choice: Mind Over Mirrors, 'Calling Your Name'

Mind Over Mirrors.
Saverio Truglia Courtesy of the artist

At the center of Mind Over Mirrors' sound lies the Indian pedal harmonium, an instrument that elicits a piercing tone; it's at once devotional and alarming in its presence and volume. Jaime Fennelly typically surrounds these song-driven drones with tape loops and synthesizers, and on The Voice Calling, he's joined by Circuit Des Yeux's Haley Fohr, whose deep baritone voice could also be described as devotional and alarming. She's an incantatory force in "Calling Your Name."

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Music
8:53 am
Wed January 14, 2015

The National Parks, 'Helsinki'

The National Parks
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 10:44 am

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Songs We Love
8:05 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Pop Zeus & Wyatt Blair, 'I've Never Been More Alive'

Mikey Hodges, a.k.a. Pop Zeus, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Dec. 18. "I've Never Been More Alive" is one of his final completed songs.
Courtesy of Lolipop Records

Michael "Mikey" Hodges began his music career the way thousands of other songwriters start out: by moving to New York. Hodges split from his home state of Indiana in 2009 and landed in Brooklyn, moving in with a musician buddy from back home. He bounced around the Brooklyn scene, bartending, performing with friends' bands and making pals everywhere he went — but on his own, he'd begun to record a batch of pop songs that would mark his debut as a solo artist.

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All Songs Considered
7:02 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Viking's Choice: Blacklisted, 'Burnt Palms'

Blacklisted.
Courtesy of the artist

It's been six years since Blacklisted's No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me, a gritty hardcore record that outwardly plays with melody, noise and lunging tempos that felt truer to Soundgarden or Nirvana's Bleach than anything else. Now comes When People Grow, People Go, a record that leans more on the band's straight-ahead hardcore fury, but with experimentation lurking beneath the surface. Here's one of the album's major ragers, "Burnt Palms."

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World Cafe
11:33 am
Mon January 12, 2015

World Cafe Next: Murder By Death

Murder By Death.
Greg Whitaker Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a band that's been around for a decade and a half. In fact, Big Dark Love is Murder By Death's seventh album.

After many years in Bloomington, Ind., its members recently relocated to Louisville, Ky., where they recorded their new album. Murder By Death plays everything from intense indie-rock ballads to rootsy rock songs. Hear and download two tracks from Big Dark Love at the audio link.

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