Music

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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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

First Listen: Lykke Li, 'I Never Learn'

Lykke Li's new album, I Never Learn, comes out May 5.
Josh Olins

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:14 am

Lykke Li is a pop star looking to change the pop conversation. The Swedish singer's new third album, I Never Learn, forms the final installment in a conceptual trilogy — and it's extraordinary as both a collection of songs and a tactical re-wiring of her genre's circuit board.

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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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