All Songs Considered
10:23 am
Fri February 21, 2014

The Good Listener: For Bands And Fans, The No-Fault Divorce

Elton John performs in 2013. Earlier that year, he put out his 31st studio album, The Diving Board.
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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 3:03 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Beck single that keeps tricking us into thinking it's the new Beck album are a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on when superfans sever their allegiances.

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The Record
11:39 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Hearing Devotion In Pop's Details

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs onstage at the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City.
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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:08 am

This week, the rock band Imagine Dragons set a record for the longest run on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart — 77 weeks, since it debuted in August of 2012.

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World Cafe
2:00 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The 5 Greatest Louisville Bands Of All Time

John Timmons.
Courtesy of the artist

Today on World Cafe's Sense of Place we speak with John Timmons about the Louisville music he knows so much about, and he picks the five greatest all-time Louisville artists. Timmons moved to Louisville in 1975 and opened one of America's great record stores, Ear X–Tacy, in 1985. It had a good run until 2011.

John Timmons' 5 Greatest Louisville Bands Of All Time:

  • My Morning Jacket
  • Slint
  • Tim Krekel
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World Cafe
1:48 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Louisville's 5 Best Local Acts

Laura Shine.
Courtesy of WFPK

Laura Shine is the afternoon host and assistant program director at our World Cafe affiliate WFPK in Louisville, Ky., and she still finds time to devour that city's rich local music scene.

We asked her to pick five bands to showcase that vibrant scene. They range from Cabin, the work of Noah Hewett-Ball who's a visual artist-songwriter creating music as a soundtrack to his paintings, to the retro sounding Small Time Napolean. Shine also explains why Louisville is ripe for all this creativity.

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World Cafe
1:45 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Cheyenne Mize On World Cafe

Cheyenne Mize.
Courtesy of the artist

For our Sense Of Place visit to Louisville, Ky., we have a chance to meet singer-songwriter Cheyenne Mize. After working with fellow Louisvillian Will Oldham in 2009 on a 10" recording of 19th-century Parlor music, she started making her own records. The latest, Among The Grey, was released last summer.

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