World Cafe
7:27 am
Tue April 29, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Apache Relay

The Apache Relay.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Hear Two Songs By The Apache Relay

We heard about this week's World Cafe: Next band, The Apache Relay, during our Sense of Place: Nashville series. Their new self-titled release took a while to get right, with a couple of tries being scrapped along the way, but it's finally arrived. Hear two songs from the record on this week's World Cafe: Next segment.

Live in Concert
11:34 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Future Islands, Live In Concert

Samuel Herring of Future Islands performs live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Zac Visco for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 10:58 am

Ever since a video of Future Islands' thrilling performance on The Late Show With David Letterman went viral in March, the band has become one of the year's most exciting live acts, largely for the memorable and inimitable dance moves of frontman Samuel Herring. Herring's unaffected fashion style, sensible haircut and no-nonsense manners have led some to call him a "normcore" singer — an exceedingly normal artist.

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Music Interviews
11:10 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Johnnyswim: A Husband And Wife On A 'Constant Adventure'

"The longer you're out on the road, it gets nicer to have [Abner Ramirez] there. Because he's the closest thing to home I have," Johnnyswim's Amanda Sudano says. "Home is where he is."
Jeremy Cowart Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 2:54 pm

Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez met in Nashville, started writing songs together and fell in love — maybe in that order. It may sound like a wedding announcement in the newspaper, but it's how Johnnyswim got started.

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Favorite Sessions
9:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

KEXP Presents: The Afghan Whigs

Matthew Thompson KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:12 am

The boozy blues of obsession and regret have never sounded so good — at least not in the last 16 years, which is how long it's been since The Afghan Whigs released an album. But while other '90s bands have cashed in with 20- and 25-year anniversary reunions and reissues of past classics, Greg Dulli and his band have returned to form with a new album of tantalizingly dark, soul-infused rock.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

First Listen: Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, 'Someday World'

Brian Eno and Karl Hyde's new album, Someday World, comes out May 6.
Perou Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:15 am

Ever since his days as a feather-boa-wrapped synth strangler in Roxy Music in the early 1970s, Brian Eno has — beyond his own solo career — been a sonic abettor and collaborator. After leaving Roxy, Eno conspired with Talking Heads to infuse the band's wiry punk with Fela Kuti's Afrobeat on 1980's Remain in Light.

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