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There's nothing quite like a compelling story song.

The last time most of us saw Beck, he was onstage at the Grammy awards accepting the Album of the Year honor for his 2014 work Morning Phase and almost being interrupted by Kanye West.

Growing up outside Philadelphia, Devon Gilfillian learned about the working musician's life from his father, a singer and percussionist in a beloved local party band. He found his own path as a singer-songwriter and moved to Nashville just a few years ago, in hopes of finding a community appreciative of his blend of social consciousness, rootsy melodies and soulful grooves. Like so many before him, Gilfillian found those peers while waiting tables in a popular local venue, where he also absorbed the musical lessons of the stars who stopped by on tour.

Alright. Open your arms and get ready to receive. Our guest today is Broken Social Scene.

The Canadian supergroup formed in 1999 out of a friendship between musicians Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning. The band's sound is big, so is its lineup, which can well to 15 people strong. You know the names: Feist, Emily Haines and James Shaw of Metric, Amy Millan and Evan Cranley of Stars. They all contributed to the new album. Feist even came up with the album title, Hug Of Thunder.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

UK rockers Wolf Alice are huge in their native country and are making waves stateside, too. They're young, hungry and ready to move rock forward with a sound that can't quite be pinned down. For this live session, they performed a special stripped-down version of their single "Don't Delete the Kisses."

  This week, connect to Earthsongs at www.nv1.org.  The Native American Music Awards were formed in 1998 to promote appreciation and awareness of Indigenous musicians and create new music initiatives for the Native community. Two decades and many cities later, the awards submissions have increased from 56 to now more than 200 recordings. The show gathers larger and larger audiences each year both nationally and internationally.

The heart of "Capable" from The Wild Reeds is spelled out in these lyrics by Sharon Silva: "You're capable of so much more/Than these people give you credit for/And you just need to show it."

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