First Listen
7:06 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

First Listen: Nels Cline Singers, 'Macroscope'

Nels Cline Singers' new album, Macroscope, comes out April 29.
Mimi Chakarova Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 5:34 am

Nels Cline is a gateway drug in the best of ways. He's known as the guitar player for one of America's best bands, Wilco. His crazy performances, filled with static shrieking and string bending, have led fans to the other side of music. It's a style that interweaves jazz, progressive rock and noise.

Nels Cline started doing all of this long before joining Wilco, and continues it these days with his own project, The Nels Cline Singers, a group that actually has no singers. They are instrumental travelers.

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All Songs Considered
7:14 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

You sent us your soles!
Various for NPR

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Studio Sessions
4:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.
Mike Beacom NPR

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 7:40 am

Rufus Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. Listening to his albums can feel like experiencing a Shakespearean play, with wit, tragedy and heartbreak all side by side.

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World Cafe
12:14 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The War On Drugs On World Cafe

The War On Drugs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:09 pm

We are major fans of the band The War On Drugs. Today's show presents an epic live performance and interview with leader Adam Granduciel. The band formed in Philadelphia in 2005 and was critically lauded in 2011 for the album Slave Ambient, which put them on the map.

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World Cafe
10:44 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Brett Dennen On World Cafe

Brett Dennen.
Ben Moon Courtesy of the artist

The red-haired, California-based singer-songwriter Brett Dennen has come a long way since 2005, when he gave shy, barefoot solo performances around the release of his first album. Now on his fifth, Smoke and Mirrors, he has not only written more outward-looking songs, but he also presents them with a band in a more commercially viable way.

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