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The Thistle And Shamrock: New Fall Sounds

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017

Tune into some great new sounds from artists on both sides of the Atlantic.

How 'The Con' Almost Broke Tegan And Sara

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017

Ten years ago, the making of Tegan and Sara's fifth album — and divided reactions to it — created a rift between the twins that nearly tore them apart but eventually showed them a way forward.

William Eggleston's Secret World Of 'Musik'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017

Watch a short film about the revered artist who liberated color photography in the 1970s. Now, at age 78, his lifelong passion for music is revealed in his very first album release.

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Songs We Love: Cut Worms, 'Widow's Window'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 6:41 a.m.

Max Clarke arrives with a dusty, beautiful collection of understated but sharply written songs that play out like a montage. On "Widow's Window," he whispers to a sill.

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Taylor Swift Pines Hard For A Pretty Face On 'Gorgeous'

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 6:18 a.m.

Taylor Swift's third single from Reputation is a slightly understated, minor-leaning slice of radio pop that sees her being honest about leaning on her cats after going unrequited.

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Fever Ray's First Song In 8 Years, 'To The Moon And Back,' Is A Gloriously Dark Hello

NPR | Oct. 20, 2017 5:40 a.m.

Nearly a decade after the release of her debut record as Fever Ray, Karin Dreijer is back with a dark and beautiful declaration of liberty.

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Alt.Latino Guest DJ Antonio Sanchez: Jazz Drummer, Musical Activist

NPR | Oct. 19, 2017 9:54 a.m.

The jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez is much more than that job title suggests — his new album Bad Hombre addresses current events instrumentally.

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Shocking Omissions: The Embodied Vulnerability Of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Fever To Tell'

NPR | Oct. 19, 2017 7 a.m.

On its debut album, the band escaped the confines and conventions of early aughts indie rock through Karen O's ability to match sexuality with intimacy and heartbreak.

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Augustin Mawangu Mingiedi, Bandleader Of Konono No. 1, Dies At 56

NPR | Oct. 19, 2017 6:43 a.m.

Mawangu became Konono No. 1's leader after the 2015 death of his father, who founded the long-running Congolese band the late 1960s.

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How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life

NPR | Oct. 19, 2017 4 a.m.

Hart talks about the inspiration and challenges behind his stunning score for the deeply existential film A Ghost Story.

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Tycho Turns Tarkovsky's 'Solaris' Into A Laser Show

NPR | Oct. 18, 2017 11:25 a.m.

Tycho makes electronic music that is as cinematic as it is emotional. Watch the band's "Glider" video, edited with scenes from Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film.

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Gord Downie, Singer Of The Tragically Hip, Dies At 53

NPR | Oct. 18, 2017 10:33 a.m.

The man who helmed one of Canada's most-beloved bands for more than 30 years died Tuesday night of complications from brain cancer, according to his family.

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Hear Sleater-Kinney's New Song, 'Here We Come'

NPR | Oct. 18, 2017 9:54 a.m.

Recorded during the No Cities To Love sessions, the new single is part of the 7-inches For Planned Parenthood box set.