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Jun 15, 2012 — Soul music is rooted in gritty perseverance, so pairing up stalwarts Bettye LaVette and Charles Walker works on so many levels, it's a miracle it hasn't happened until now. "Yours and Mine" is an exhilarating affirmation of the power to prevail.
Jun 14, 2012 — "Candy Girl" sounds like a shoegazer's modern take on Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" the song that soundtracked the makeout scene in Top Gun. Cool but still beautiful, it's touching, revealing and almost painfully intimate.

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The Good Listener: Parents Just Don't Understand?

Thoughts on a timeless question: "How do you get your parents to respect the music of today?" more

Drum Fill Friday, From Guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek Of Toadies

This week's puzzler for careful listeners is from guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek, drummer for the Fort Worth rock band... more

Alt-J Will Debut New Album Live In New York

NPR Music and WFUV present the quirky, intoxicating English rock band alt-J live in concert on Sept. 2, performing... more

Viking's Choice: Nathan Bowles, 'Chuckatuck'

Featuring a scorched guitar solo by Charalambides' Tom Carter, Bowles carves out his own corner of... more

New Mix: Weezer, Lucinda Williams, Sufjan Stevens, More

On this week's All Songs Considered, premieres from Lucinda Williams, Buke and Gase and Lia Ices, along with much more. more

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Nickel Creek: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Aug 30, 2014 — The Kentucky native writes country music about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs. Here, he performs four of his songs with a thundering voice that makes the NPR offices shudder.
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Aug 26, 2014 — The reunited band was made to sing and play around one microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.
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Aug 23, 2014 — A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from Cavalo down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the '30s.
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Aug 18, 2014 — The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets.
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Aug 16, 2014 — 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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