Rock/Pop/Folk

Rock/Pop/Folk

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Inspired by the birth of a child and a new career, Austin Lunn’s triumphant, ebullient new album as Panopticon steps outside his curveball mixture of metal and American folk.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · This English band’s ideas move fast — riffs erupt only to disappear just as quickly. It’s as though they’re chasing super-concentrated bursts of bliss that gather into epic music.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Frontman Dan McGee writes songs with more personality than almost any in garage rock. This album exudes the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · For former DJ Fin Greenall, jumping from the electronic to the acoustic music world meant re-learning how to read a crowd.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · One year after J.J. Cale’s death, his friend and fan Eric Clapton says we still don’t know the half of the late songwriter’s talent. Read Clapton’s extended interview with NPR’s Eric Westervelt.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The doom metal band sure has been busy since 2011. Hear the leadoff track from its third LP, Mobile of Angels. It’s indebted to heavy blues and — surprisingly — Fairport Convention.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · This atmospheric Norwegian band draws the listener in with mysterious lyrics and a yearning sound. Also: See a flugabone!
 

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July 24, 2014 | WXPN · Alt-country singer Nikki Lane makes her World Cafe debut with four songs and an interview about her roots in both music and fashion.
 

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July 23, 2014 | WXPN · Hear the former Hüsker Dü and Sugar frontman play four songs from his latest solo album, Beauty and Ruin.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · The ocean serene, the sharks below: That’s the contrast of noise and melody the Danish duo The Raveonettes do so well. Watch this lyric video for “Killer In The Streets” from their new album Pe’ahi.
 

 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is usually a time for family celebration. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Food in supermarkets is increasingly connected to child labor and trafficking. Many laws aimed at ending these abuses overlook a key source of the problem: The rapid decline of fish and fauna.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami’s new book; notable books coming out this week.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn’t dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A group with cinematic sweep hardwired into its sound, Band of Horses is tailor-made for outdoor performances. The group performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Brothers Kenny and Curt Thompkins were inspired to record an album in a racquetball court after hearing the acoustics there last year. The result appears in their new album, out this week.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war’s violence, some gives solace.
 

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