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First Listen: Chris Staples, ‘Golden Age’

i Chris Staples. Kyle Johnson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Kyle Johnson/Courtesy of the artist Chris Staples. Kyle Johnson/Courtesy of the artist It's human nature to reinvent and romanticize the past. Memories fade and become distorted, reduced to proximate notions and imagined details. Maybe it's a matter of survival, or maybe just the [...]

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First Listen: Exploded View, ‘Exploded View’

i Exploded View's new album, Exploded View, comes out August 19. Courtesy Of The Artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy Of The Artist Exploded View's new album, Exploded View, comes out August 19. Courtesy Of The Artist Annika Henderson is still just in her 20s, but there's history in her voice. She began her musical [...]

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First Listen: Lydia Loveless, ‘Real’

i Lydia Loveless' new album, Real, is out Aug. 19. David T. Kindler/Courtesy Of The Artist hide caption toggle caption David T. Kindler/Courtesy Of The Artist Lydia Loveless' new album, Real, is out Aug. 19. David T. Kindler/Courtesy Of The Artist Realness is one of the most malleable and fetishized concepts in 21st century popular [...]

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Watch Local Natives Play ‘Villainy’ Live In The Studio

by Jason Bentley Local Natives' much-anticipated third full-length album, Sunlit Youth, is set for release in September. The band, a hometown favorite here in Los Angeles, performed a stirring set of all-new songs for Morning Becomes Eclectic. This one, "Villainy," is a love letter to L.A. SET LIST "Villainy" Photo by Brian Lowe for KCRW. [...]

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World Cafe #TBT: 5 Degrees Of Gregg Allman

i Gregg Allman Dany Clinch/Courtesy of Big Hassle hide caption toggle caption Dany Clinch/Courtesy of Big Hassle Gregg Allman Dany Clinch/Courtesy of Big Hassle For today's Throwback Thursday, World Cafe is re-airing a 2011 session with Gregg Allman. Explore some of the musical connections in Allman's life — from a musician who influenced him early [...]

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Review: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ‘Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel’

Ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has reinvented himself with a band more musical, soulful and downright fun than his previous brotherhood. Their latest morphs between latter-day Grateful Dead and P-Funk, longer on vibes than songs but confirming their spot on the jam-band top tier. It's good-time music on an end-times mission: When the pedal-steel-gilded "California [...]

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Hear Against Me!’s New Stomper ‘Haunting, Haunted, Haunts’

Against Me! release their new studio LP Shape Shift With Me in September, and after debuting lead single "333," the punk veterans have shared another album cut, "Haunting, Haunted, Haunts," via the Adult Swim Singles series. The rollicking, swaggering stomper features Laura Jane Grace snarling on the track, "Rooms that I was left in / [...]

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Watch Regina Spektor Croon Beatles’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

Regina Spektor sings a haunting rendition of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in a new music video promoting 3D stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings. The clip blends footage of Spektor in the recording booth with dazzling shots from the Laika and Focus Features movie, which opens in theaters August 19th.Related PHOTOS: Alt-Summer [...]

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Massive Rolling Stones Mono Box Set for Release

The Rolling Stones Sixties catalogue will be the subject of a new box set, due out this fall, that will compile mono versions of some of their most famous recordings. The Rolling Stones in Mono will collect the group's U.K. and U.S. releases from 1964's The Rolling Stones through 1969's Let It Bleed alongside a collection of [...]

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Rae Sremmurd Announce Dates for First Headlining Tour

Hip-hop duo Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, who perform as Rae Sremmurd, have announced dates for their first-ever headlining tour. The pair will be hitting the road this fall in support of their second album, SremmLife 2, which will be released on Friday via Ear Drummer/Interscope.Related PHOTOS: 50 Best Albums of 2015 Kendrick fought the [...]

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Yusuf Islam Plots Intimate North American Tour

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, has announced a string of North American tour dates that coincide with the 50th anniversary of his first hit single, 1966's "I Love My Dog."Related Yusuf Islam's Golden Years The former Cat Stevens is still wrestling with his past – and winning Islam will perform stripped-down shows during [...]

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Pansy Division’s Jon Ginoli on Gay Punk Band’s 25th Anniversary, New LP

"At a certain point, we stopped organizing our life around the band, but we didn't want to stop doing it," Pansy Division guitarist Jon Ginoli explains when asked why the gay punk pioneers' new album, Quite Contrary, is their first since 2009. "There's never been a year since 1991 where we haven't played at least [...]

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‘Crazy Train’ Co-Writer Sues Ozzy Osbourne Over Unpaid Royalties

Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Bob Daisley has sued the musician and his Blizzard Music Limited for fraud, accusing the heavy metal pioneer of withholding more than $2 million in unpaid royalties.Related PHOTOS: Ozzy Osbourne Through the Years Daisley has sued Osbourne several times for his work with the musician throughout the Eighties. In this latest [...]

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Flight of the Conchords, ‘Weird Al,’ Mac DeMarco Top Festival Supreme

Flight of the Conchords, Mac DeMarco, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Sarah Silverman will headline Tenacious D's fourth Festival Supreme October 29th at the Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds in Los Angeles.Related PHOTOS: Festival Supreme 2014: Our Best Photos From Tenacious D's Comedy Throwdown From 'Workaholics' to "Weird Al" and the reunited members of the State, see [...]

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Watch Anderson Paak Embark on Surreal Odyssey in Epic New Video

Anderson .Paak journeys through several striking, vibrant worlds in the sprawling video for Malibu tracks "The Season / Carry Me" and "The Waters."Related How Anderson Paak Is Reviving the Boom-Bap Sound Up-and-coming singer/songwriter/MC talks surfing, gospel music and working with Dr. Dre .Paak and Chris Le co-directed the clip, which blends the grainy feel of [...]

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Ed Sheeran Sued for Allegedly Copying Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’

Ed Sheeran has been hit with another copyright infringement lawsuit, this one filed by the heirs of Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," Reuters reports.Related PHOTOS: Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases Ahead of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway" showdown, we look back at historic rulings from "Surfin' U.S.A." to "Blurred Lines" [...]

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Songs We Love: Slavic Soul Party!, ‘Bluebird Of Delhi’

i Slavic Soul Party! Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Slavic Soul Party! Courtesy of the artist The central equation behind Slavic Soul Party! is self-explanatory: an American black-music spin on the Balkan brass band. The net product is akin to a New-Orleans-style brass band, but with different percussion [...]

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5 Musicians Pick Their Favorite Herbie Hancock Recordings

i Herbie Hancock. Douglas Kirkland/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Douglas Kirkland/Courtesy of the artist Herbie Hancock. Douglas Kirkland/Courtesy of the artist When you talk to jazz aficionados, you often hear about a ground zero, a Eureka moment of musical awakening that opens up the bounty of the music. For some of us [...]

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Songs We Love: The Higher Up, ‘Cigarettes (Feat. Jannel McLean)’

i The Higher Up. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist The Higher Up. Courtesy of the artist "[A] shame the only time I feel like I'm calm is when I'm smoking ... Just like my dad." That's the lament of Mark Scott, the MC half of rapper-producer duo The [...]

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Mitski On World Cafe

i Mitski Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist Mitski Ebru Yildiz/Courtesy of the artist The indie-rock singer-songwriter Mitski released her fourth album, Puberty 2, this past June. She recorded her first two albums, which were rather orchestral, while a student at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. [...]

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World Cafe Next: Weaves

i Weaves. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Weaves. Courtesy of the artist The Toronto four-piece Weaves seems poised to have a long career of pushing the boundaries while still letting audiences in. The band is fronted by singer Jasmyn Burke, whose energy you don't even have to witness [...]

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New Mix: Blood Orange, NAO, Joyce Manor, Factory Floor, More

Clockwise from upper left: Blood Orange, Factory Floor, NAO, Femme Courtesy of the artists hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artists This week, we've got a surprise: Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton both went on vacation and left the All Songs studio unlocked. Apparently neither one of them uses two-step verification, so it took [...]

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

i Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of the artist Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Courtesy of the artist Alex Ebert, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' lead singer, says that "Edward Sharpe" was originally a character that he made up to hide behind. In [...]

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See Lauryn Hill’s Showstopping ‘Ready or Not’ From ‘Austin City Limits’

Before Austin City Limits returns for its 42nd season this October, the long-running music performance series will provide viewers with something to tide them over Saturday: An hour-long, rare television performance by Lauryn Hill. In this exclusive clip from the episode, Hill and her stacked backing band deliver an electrifying take on the Fugees' "Ready [...]

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Hear Regina Spektor’s Haunting ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ Cover

Regina Spektor transports the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" to ancient Japan with her haunting rendition of the George Harrison anthem, arranged by Dario Marianelli. The track is featured in Kubo and the Two Strings, Laika and Focus Features' new 3D stop-motion adventure film, which hits theaters August 19th.Related PHOTOS: Alt-Summer Movie Preview 2016: [...]

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Leonard Cohen Penned Letter to ‘So Long, Marianne’ Muse Before Her Death

Leonard Cohen penned an emotional final letter to Marianne Ihlen, the woman who inspired his "So Long, Marianne" and "Bird on the Wire," just days before her July 29th death, Ihlen's friend Jan Christian Mollestad revealed to the CBC.Related PHOTOS: Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Leonard Cohen Songs "Suzanne," "Famous Blue Raincoat" and your other [...]

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