Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For The Week Of April 21, 2014
1. Christos DC / Long Road / Honest Music: You can hear the Sly & Robbie influence along with his time with Black Uhuru & The Itals, not to mention a Jazzy undertone akin to his co-writing with Thievery Corporation. Christopher Vrenios will carry you right back to that original sound coming out of Kingston, Jamaica years ago.
Take A Look At Our Current Favorites At KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For The Week of Mar 31, 2014
1. Thievery Corporation/ Saudade / ESL: The Brazilian born genre of Bossa Nova is at the heart of the latest from TC with a title that is interpreted as " The Presence of Absence" - The multi talented musicians & the 5 female vocalists enrich each track with an irresistible lushness!
KVNF is committed to bring you live music all summer long- and now as a special gift to our listeners we bring you LAKE STREET DIVE in the spring! LIVE from the Paradise Theater on Friday March 21st. This classically trained band blends jazz, folk, and pop in dangerously charming fashion! And if you aren’t going to their sold out show, then you can tune in and hear them live.
That’s this Friday, March 21st, with opening band "Ages and Ages" starting at 7:30.
Take A look At Our Current Favorites & Click Below To Check Out The New Music At KVNF For The Week Of Feb 24, 2014
1. The Motet / The Motet / Motet: The Colorado based group comes from a world of Jazz, Funk, Salsa, AfroBeat and Dance Grooves & you can feel their love and passion for the music in their irresistible sound!
Take A Look At Our Current Favorites at KVNF & Click Below To Check Out All The New Music For the Week of Feb 17, 2014.
1. Various Artists / Looking Into You - A Tribute To Jackson Browne / Music Road: 23 trax from a master songwriter performed with passion & respect by a long list of remarkable artists - Hard to pick a favorite; Bonnie Raitt & David Lindley on "Everywhere I Go," Don Henley w/Blind Pilot on "These Days," Ben Harper on "Jamaica Say You Will," Lyle Lovett, Jimmy LaFave, Keb Mo, Lucinda Williams, Joan Osborne, Bruce Springsteen... Wow...
Tomorrow on All Songs Considered we'll post a conversation we taped recently with Beck, about his new album Morning Phase. (We'll also premiere a new song from that album called "Waking Light"). While prepping for the interview, I looked over Beck's body of work from the past 20 years, and realized I couldn't find a single song or project of his I disliked. Sure, there are plenty of recordings and songs I like more than others.
With the fate of Sonic Youth up in the air, founding guitarist Lee Ranaldo has found steady ground with his group The Dust, featuring fellow SY orphan Steve Shelley on drums, along with guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim Lüntzel.
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 5:33 pm
AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:
Early ratings are in for last night's Super Bowl. And while down a bit from last year, the game clocked a respectable 96.9 million viewers. The half-time show was easily the most high-profile gig singer Bruno Mars has enjoyed in his young career.
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:48 pm
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The windowsills were lined with people standing, as every nook between every office desk filled to capacity with NPR employees and their assorted guests. Pixies, after getting misplaced for a time in our parking garage during a moment worthy of This Is Spinal Tap, showed up in time to encounter the largest crowd we've ever assembled for a Tiny Desk Concert. (Our new office space allows for more guests than the old one did, but it's still a mark of this band's significance for so many youthful grownups.)
We made 20 stellar World Cafe in-studio performances available for download during February, but they're all coming down Feb. 28 at midnight. Grab music from Neko Case, Parquet Courts, Jason Isbell and more today, before they're gone tomorrow.
To download each song, click the title in the SoundCloud playlist (the song will begin playing), and then click "download" arrow to the right of the title.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:17 am
Dance Mania might have been Chicago house music's most popular 1990s label — not only in Chicago, but in the entire upper Midwest. To go to a rave between 1993 and '99 was to very likely encounter a handful of Dance Mania tracks per night. Odds were good you'd encounter one of its artists, too: DJ Funk, Paul Johnson, DJ Deeon and Robert Armani, to pick just a few artists on Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997, kept full schedules of one-nighters across the U.S.
Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 12:23 pm
Leyla McCalla, formerly of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, had an ambitious idea for her solo debut as a musician. She wanted to take poems by Harlem Renaissance legend Langston Hughes and put them to song. But McCalla told Tell Me More's host Michel Martin that she wasn't overwhelmed by the challenge.
Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 8:15 pm
Eric Church was surely aware that he was cribbing from one of America's most beloved young-adult novels when he called his fourth full-length album The Outsiders. The title song opens the record with lines that could have been ripped from the jacket copy of S.E. Hinton's classic heartland/gangland story: "They're the in-crowd, we're the other ones / It's a different kind of cloth that we're cut from." Electric power chords crest and crash as Church howls out declarations in a voice that's part preacher, part rapper, part metalhead and all alpha dog.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:18 am
Galore, the first album by the London duo Thumpers, is rooted resolutely in the first-person plural: Temperamentally as well as lyrically, it reaches out as a piecemeal missive both to and from you and me and everyone we know, assembling a steadfast vision of the whole world as a sprawling family in a tiny neighborhood. These are songs whose collective narrative engine is a belief in the power of a passionate few to forge meaningful connections, to keep life's ills at bay or, as "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)" would have it, to move the earth.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:16 am
Hear All Songs Considered Hosts Bob Boilen And Robin Hilton On 'Emmaar'
How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.
Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 9:15 am
It makes cosmic sense that Sun Structures, the debut album from Temples, arrives at the height of the current nostalgia wave associated with the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania and the British Invasion.