Rock/Pop/Folk

Rock/Pop/Folk

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · The World Cafe host’s favorite albums from this year abide by his mantra: they put good songs first, and present them simply and authentically.
 

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December 17, 2014 | NPR · In Road Dawgs, the members of Future Islands speak candidly about the group’s nearly decade-long career and its new-found success.
 

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December 16, 2014 | WXPN · The duo’s sibling harmonies jump out at first, but it’s the haunting arrangements that stick.
 

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December 16, 2014 | NPR · Brandi Carlile will put out her fifth album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, in March. She talks with Ann Powers about family, her new album and the necessary recklessness of first-take rock and roll.
 

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December 15, 2014 | WXPN · The Blood Orange collaborator’s solo work is a sincere, kinetic, groove-based take on R&B and pop.
 

Mountain Stage
December 15, 2014 | NPR · The seven-piece Alabama soul band has a sound that forcefully channels Memphis.
 

KEXP
December 15, 2014 | KEXP · Live in the studio, the Montreal folk-rock band performs an intimate take on “Come In The Water.”
 

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December 15, 2014 | NPR · Hosts from across the country share their favorite new discoveries, from Niia to Hozier.
 

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December 13, 2014 | NPR · Be it an effects pedal or a hole stabbed in an amp, distortion and sound manipulation have long been part of rock ‘n’ roll’s DNA.
 

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December 11, 2014 | WXPN · The Montreal band combines the sounds of Indian classical music and ’60s psychedelic rock.
 

 

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News

December 18, 2014 | NPR · The White House won’t confirm North Korea is behind the attack, citing an ongoing investigation. Nevertheless, it is mulling over its options.
 

NIAID
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The National Institutes of Health has approved requests for waivers from a moratorium on experiments that aim to make the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome more infectious in mice.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · If you plan on traveling to Cuba, you’ll be able to bring back $100 worth of the country’s famed cigars. But that’s not a lot — because they’re actually kind of expensive.
 

Arts & Life

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Ahead of The Colbert Report‘s last episode, Fresh Air listens back to interviews with Colbert. “I didn’t realize quite how liberal I was until I was asked to make passionate comedic choices,” he said.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · On Christmas Eve, many French-Canadians will gather after midnight Mass for reveillon, a lavish dinner party that lasts into the wee hours. The traditional centerpiece is a savory, spiced meat pie.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a “retail-standard environment” akin to coffee shops.
 

Music

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · When she’s at her most vulnerable as a woman, she’s at her best creatively. The same way Mary J. Blige’s pain drove My Life, Nicki’s believable heartache steals the show on The Pinkprint.
 

Mountain Stage
December 18, 2014 | NPR · The singer and painter’s longstanding love of bossa nova is evident in this concert.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Listeners chime in with their own favorites, including Chicano Batman and Helado Negro.
 

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