First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

First Listen: Kishi Bashi, 'Lighght'

Kishi Bashi's new album, Lighght, comes out May 13.
Kaden Shallat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:50 am

K. Ishibashi opens his second solo album, Lighght, by taking a tone-setting 48-second violin solo. Titled "Début - Impromptu," it skids and squeaks with accelerating abandon until the notes distort and smash together chaotically; by the end, the instrument has become largely indistinguishable from the machines he so often uses to loop and manipulate it. It's equal parts introduction and mission statement for Lighght, in which technique and experimentation collide in high-spirited, even disorienting ways.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:42 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Quilt: Tiny Desk Concert

Quilt performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 7:00 am

It's right there in the band's name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that's thoughtful and playful. The opening song at this Tiny Desk Concert, "Arctic Shark," questions and enchants.

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Music Interviews
1:27 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Neon Trees, The Mormon Band Who Made It Big, On Honesty

Neon Trees' new album is called Pop Psychology.
Andrew Zaeh Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 10:12 am

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World Cafe
12:56 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Dan Wilson On World Cafe

Dan Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:30 am

Dan Wilson is originally from Minneapolis, where in the 1980s he formed the beloved band Trip Shakespeare with his brother Matt. That group evolved into Semisonic, which scored major hits in 1998 with "Closing Time" and "Secret Smile."

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Mountain Stage
12:48 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Wesley Stace On Mountain Stage

Wesley Stace.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:30 pm

Wesley Stace appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

With 17 albums released under the name John Wesley Harding, the British singer-songwriter and novelist is a veteran of both the music industry and the literary world. Influenced by Bob Dylan and John Prine, Stace's 1989 U.S. debut featured Elvis Costello's backing band The Attractions. Stace has gone on to record with The Decemberists, Peter Buck and Rosanne Cash, among others.

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