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Jul 29, 2014 — For the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with the Icelandic musician's melodies. For our Vintage Cafe today, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios.
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Jul 29, 2014Dark Arc is a pastiche of gentle lyrical moments and punk anthems, often within the same tune. In the NPR offices, the Ohio band performs three alternately brooding and stomping songs from the album.
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Jul 29, 2014 — Four stories of rock and roll musicians making a home — and a scene — in a buzzing neighborhood just across the Cumberland River from the palaces of country music.
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Jul 28, 2014 — Hear two songs by a young Southern songwriter who drew inspiration from his struggle with addiction — and the insights of its aftermath.
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Jul 28, 2014 — Everyone's favorite asthma-ridden Australian performed a special show for KEXP fans in Seattle. Watch Barnett perform her hit song, "Avant Gardener," live at The Triple Door.
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Jul 27, 2014 — 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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Jul 27, 2014 — 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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Jul 27, 2014 — 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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Jul 27, 2014 — 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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Jul 26, 2014 — 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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