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From Paris With Love: A Kansas City Musician Gets Distance And Perspective

NPR | May 25, 2017

Missouri native Krystle Warren digs into American history on her new album Three The Hard Way. She talks about what it's like to observe the U.S. from France, her home for the past nine years.

40 Years Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away, An Iconic Film Score Was Born

NPR | May 25, 2017

Star Wars was released 40 years ago today — and it wasn't just the light sabers that changed pop culture. John Williams' epic music, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, became a touchstone.

Text Your Freak Scene! Dinosaur Jr. Gets Custom Emojis

NPR | May 25, 2017

So what kind of emojis can you text your friends and family? Likenesses of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and drummer Murph, of course, but also notable characters from album artwork like Beefy The Bullfrog.

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Songs We Love: Nick Lowe, 'Walk On By'

NPR | May 25, 2017 7:29 a.m.

Lowe's lived-in baritone is an ideal vehicle for this unreleased country nugget. All six of the albums that the new-wave and power-pop pioneer cut between 1982 and 1990 will be reissued this summer.

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Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Volcanic Transmissions

NPR | May 25, 2017 5:48 a.m.

As members of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet bow their vibraphones, brush their gongs and message their bass drums, the composer's evocative music oozes from blackness.

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With 'The Seeker,' Cloud Cult Makes A Movie To Match Its Music

NPR | May 24, 2017 10:48 a.m.

The Twin Cities band's latest project is a feature film called The Seeker, which builds on themes of love, optimism, pain and belief. Watch the video for "No Hell."

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Organized Noize Raises A Fist To Fight On 'We The Ones'

NPR | May 24, 2017 8:12 a.m.

Big Boi, CeeLo and Big Rube unite for a powerful visual from the new Organized Noize EP.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Season Of Light

NPR | May 24, 2017 7:54 a.m.

We celebrate Beltane with music that evokes natural elements: Air, Earth, Water and Fire.

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This Was It: Inside The Whirlwind That Was The NYC Rock Revival

NPR | May 24, 2017 7:47 a.m.

Author Lizzy Goodman talks about living through — and revisiting — the explosive rock scene in New York during the early 21st century to write her oral history, Meet Me In The Bathroom.

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Chuck Johnson's Restorative, Meadow-Set, Near-Ambient Pedal Steel Guitar

NPR | May 24, 2017 7:30 a.m.

Chuck Johnson's best known for his hypnotic, yet lyrical solo guitar work, but for his new record, Balsams, Johnson meditates on the lush ambiance of the pedal steel.

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The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

NPR | May 24, 2017 5:31 a.m.

Detroit garage-rocker Josh Malerman's second novel follows a fictional 1950s rock bad recruited by the government to find the source of a mysterious, ominous sound emanating from the Namib Desert.

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Downtown Boys Announces 'Cost Of Living,' Busts Open 'A Wall' On First Single

NPR | May 24, 2017 5:26 a.m.

Downtown Boys makes it clear from the outset of Cost Of Living, the Providence punk band's debut for Sub Pop: "A wall is a wall / A wall is just a wall / And nothing more at all."

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The Holy Circle's 'Hearts Called' Is A Gothic Prayer

NPR | May 23, 2017 11:47 a.m.

The Holy Circle makes dark synth-pop that's velvet to the touch, and a sonic saw blade to the core.