First Listen
4:04 am
Fri April 25, 2014

First Listen: tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack'

tUnE-yArDs' new album, Nikki Nack, comes out May 6.
Holly Andres Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:13 am

The creators of pop music are usually able to break down the fundamentals of their craft — that search for the clever rhyme, the killer beat, the singable chorus. They are less articulate, understandably, about the other quest, the one that powers those everyday searches: the pursuit of ecstasy in sound. There's something almost paranormal about that part of the creative process, yet we know those moments, instantly, when we hear them.

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Heavy Rotation
10:03 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 8:51 am

Heavy Rotation is a monthly sampler of public radio hosts' favorite songs. Check out past editions here.

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World Cafe
12:13 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Drive-By Truckers On World Cafe

Drive-By Truckers.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:46 am

Drive-By Truckers' new album, English Oceans, features a new set of songs from principal writers Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. The band has roots in the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, where Hood's father David was a member of the legendary studio band. Drive-By Truckers' members are now based in Athens, Ga.

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All Songs Considered
10:14 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Viking's Choice: Lantlôs Will Crush You With Bliss

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What do you do when your favorite metal band "goes soft"? Take to the message boards? Subtweet until the mounting "favorites" validate your rage? Or do you open up to the sound? In the new issue of the monthly metal print magazine Decibel (No.

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All Songs TV
8:56 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Darcys, 'Hunting'

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Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 5:20 am

The video for The Darcys' powerful song "Hunting" shows the dark side of life in an apartment building that echoes the Hitchcock film Rear Window, using subtly beautiful CGI and matte paintings.