First Listen
7:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

First Listen: Ratking, 'So It Goes'

Ratking's album So It Goes comes out April 8.
Jamie-James Medina Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 9:18 am

There is hardly a title in music as onerous as "New York hip-hop artist." Attached to that description are preconceived notions about look, sound and subject matter, coupled with the stigma of being from a place that has gone from being the most prominent and relevant locale in hip-hop to struggling to stay a part of the conversation.

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1:06 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

'We Like Struggle': Black Lips On The Will To Entertain

Black Lips' latest album is Underneath the Rainbow. Left to right: Jared Swilley, Joe Bradley, Cole Alexander, Ian St. Pé.
Mick Rock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:02 am

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All Songs Considered
7:23 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

Colin Stetson at Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
Bob Boilen NPR

Originally published on Sat March 29, 2014 10:10 am

Every week I hear something amazing, see something inspiring and want to pass it on. These events are sometimes fleeting, sometimes iconic, but they stop me in my tracks. Bob's Rainbows is the place where I'll highlight the very best of my weekly music intake. [Editor's note: Why rainbows? They're the only naturally occurring phenomenon that can make Bob take his headphones off.]

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Mountain Stage
11:47 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Luray On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 12:44 pm

Luray makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

The Americana collective is led by banjo player and singer Shannon Carey. Based near Washington, D.C., Carey comes from a musical Wisconsin family: Her brother Sean is drummer and supporting vocalist for Bon Iver.

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All Songs Considered
3:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Drum Fill Friday: March 28

You know what's awesome? Drum fills. A killer bass line is pretty great, too. And guitar solos. And melodies and chord progressions. But a really great drum fill is often the one thing that makes a song truly take off. Think of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" and try not to get that song's classic fill stuck in your head immediately.

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