For its 25th anniversary, the vocal quartet commissioned a new piece from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Despite the fact that the group is mostly famous for singing very old music, love fail reflects the world we live in — not some distant and remote mythology.
The surf-rock band spends a day hanging out at NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters and helping to provide All Things Considered's soundtrack. It's the first (and perhaps only) time the show has had its own in-house band playing interstitial music live.
The West African nation of Mali is a hotbed of blazing electric guitar players. In recent years, two of the best — Zani Diabate and Lobi Traore — died suddenly while in the prime of their creative lives. Both have posthumous releases out this year worth tracking down.
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