Music Videos

August 18, 2014 | NPR · The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets.

August 18, 2014 | KEXP · The indie-rock band is starting to unveil music from its new double LP, …And Star Power. Watch Sam France and his bandmates perform the album’s first single, “How Can You Really,” live at KEXP.

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Shark attacks, poison, swords, lightsabers, a stake to the heart; in the video for the rootsy “Good and Ready,” by Anthony D’Amato, all are more desirable than not having the love of your life.

August 16, 2014 | NPR · Watch a talented, charming guitar legend make magic as his band Avila holds down the beat. At 82, Ranglin still plays the ska, reggae and jazz sounds he’s been perfecting for more than half a century.

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August 15, 2014 | NPR · Debut music from the ethereal performer Emma Ruth Rundle. Watch this beautiful portrayal of solitude and living with one’s self.

August 15, 2014 | bandwidth · Watch the gothic folk singer team up with cellist Janel Leppin for a spellbinding performance for WAMU’s

August 14, 2014 | KCRW · Watch the consistently excellent Austin pop-rock band perform “Inside Out,” from its new album They Want My Soul, live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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August 14, 2014 | WBGO · We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.

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August 13, 2014 | NPR · Look! It’s a band! It’s a screen-printing project! No, it’s Sleepy Kitty! Watch this St. Louis duo make art punk fun and a very inky animation for this song from the album Projection Room.

August 12, 2014 | NPR · To a roomful of captivated men, Sullivan sings “Stupid Girls,” a new song that warns women to be careful with their hearts.


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August 21, 2014 | NPR · The World Health Organization says the official number of Ebola cases and deaths may “vastly underestimate” the scale of the outbreak. So how bad is it really?

August 21, 2014 | NPR · The attorney general hugged community leaders, a highway patrol captain and the mother of Michael Brown during his visit, and got an update on the federal investigation into the teen’s shooting.

General Motors
August 21, 2014 | NPR · The 1964 World’s Fair showcased jet packs and other miracles of science. Here’s how people back then thought the future would look (and how it actually turned out).

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · Sin City director Robert Rodriguez has been making movies away from the Hollywood machine for years — he does most of his filming in his studio in Austin, Texas.

August 20, 2014 | NPR · Daniel Kehlmann’s F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

August 20, 2014 | NPR · The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.


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August 20, 2014 | NPR · To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.

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August 20, 2014 | WXPN · The Pennsylvania band performs a set of alternately (and simultaneously) fun and menacing rock ‘n’ roll on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · The guitar virtuoso seeks the endless jam at the intersection of Television and The Grateful Dead, taking a line from the former’s iconic “Marquee Moon” as a song title.

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