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KCRW Presents: Brazilian Girls

Brazilian Girls will soon release a new album for the first time since 2008’s Grammy-nominated New York City. KCRW recently got a sneak preview of the band’s danceable, worldly new music....
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Wolf Alice: Tiny Desk Concert

I think of Wolf Alice as noisy and primal, but at the Tiny Desk, the band showed a different side — one that was childlike, pretty and quietly wonderful. I knew the three songs the group played...
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'What Made That Thing Work?': Bill Frisell Takes On Screen Music

While making his latest album, the inventive guitarist found that covering classic film and TV scores has an existential side effect.
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Making Sense Of A Song Called 'Widow Maker'

Musician Brooke Waggoner was on a coffee run when she got a worrisome text from a friend, whose husband was dealing with a life-threatening heart problem. The news gave her a shiver — and an idea.
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'New Age Becomes Old Age Very Quickly': Yanni Speaks

After dozens of albums and world-spanning tours, the king of new age says he's still baffled by the term. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.
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As 'X-Files' Returns, Meet The Man Behind The Theme Song

At creator Chris Carter's request, composer Mark Snow tried to make the X-Files theme sound like The Smiths. In the process, he stumbled on a very different sound — that would become iconic.
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First Listen: Benji Hughes, ‘Songs In The Key Of Animals’

Until now, Benji Hughes has had just one full album to his name, 2008’s under-appreciated double-length A Love Extreme, so you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve never heard one of his...
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First Listen: Walter Martin, ‘Arts & Leisure’

After The Walkmen announced an “extreme hiatus” at the end of 2013, the band’s members scattered in many artistic directions: Singer Hamilton Leithauser, for example, made a Walkmen-esque solo...
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First Listen: Aubrie Sellers, ‘New City Blues’

The ominous guitar intro that opens Aubrie Sellers‘ album — 45 seconds of tense, reverberating chord changes that move with exaggerated sluggishness — primes listeners for a brutish display of...
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First Listen: Saul Williams, ‘MartyrLoserKing’

If there is one phrase that captures the overall mood and attitude of Saul Williams‘ latest album, MartyrLoserKing, it’s “F*** you. Understand me.” The refrain, from the song entitled “All...

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