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Monthly Song Project Gives The Raveonettes Freedom Of 'A Blank Slate'

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

Members of the Danish rock band, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo, say their unconvential launch strategy will result in an album that may be "totally schizophrenic, but in a really wonderful way."

Musician Lalin St. Juste On Writing Through Grief

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

The singer and lyricist of The Seshen wrote the song "Distant Heart" about the loss of a friend. And while it comes from a place of loss, she says it carries her friend's joy and light, too.

30 Years Of 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot,' The Classic 'Cult Classic' Film

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:50:00 -0400

Shot outside an arena in suburban Maryland hosting a Judas Priest and Dokken double bill, the short documentary captured something vital about its moment in music history.

After Stroke, Country Music Star Randy Travis Returns To Stage With 'Amazing Grace'

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

After suffering a stroke three years ago, Randy Travis had to learn to walk and talk again. This week he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, where he stood onstage and sang.

'I'm In Defiance Of Time': Barry Gibb On Music, Family And Loss

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:37:21 -0400

The last surviving Bee Gee has released his first album in more than 30 years. In The Now is colored by the loss of Gibb's mother and brothers, but he says it's also about "the idea of having fun."

Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' Is A Family Affair

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:06:00 -0400

The album, one of the 82-year-old's best, was produced by his son Adam, who joins World Cafe to discuss what it's like to work with a living legend who just happens to be your dad.

Warpaint On World Cafe

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:43:00 -0400

On its new album, the L.A. band's atmospheric grooves are more extroverted than ever before. Hear a powerful performance recorded live in the studio.

Join The Black Parade: My Chemical Romance And The Politics Of Taste

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:23:00 -0400

To toast an iconic album's 10th birthday, a conversation about listening while black — featuring Another Round host Tracy Clayton and writer/poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.

Leonard Cohen On Poetry, Music And Why He Left The Zen Monastery

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:35:00 -0400

Now 82, Cohen has a new album, You Want It Darker, with songs that wrestle with mortality, question God and long for transcendence. Originally broadcast May 22, 2006.

All Songs +1: How David Bowie's Songs Became The Musical 'Lazarus'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:11:00 -0400

Lazarus is a musical sequel to David Bowie's 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Henry Hey, the musical director for Lazarus, explains how he reshaped the iconic singer's songs to tell the new story.

Watch Conor Oberst Play His New Record Live In New York City

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:01 -0400

At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Conor Oberst delivered a powerfully spare set of new songs from his new album, Ruminations.

Esperanza Spalding On Piano Jazz

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400

The bassist and singer performs "Prelude To A Kiss" with Marian McPartland in a 2008 session.

Songs We Love: Forth Wanderers, 'Nerves'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:01 -0400

The suburban slack-rockers nail the sudden realization that you're wasting your time with someone who probably doesn't care about you.

Blind Pilot: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:01 -0400

The band's shimmery folk-pop sound, with its vibraphone and overarching vibrancy, is perfectly suited to the space behind Bob Boilen's desk.

First Watch: Oh Land, 'Love You Better'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400

Dogme 95 filmmaker Kristian Levring reverse-ages the Danish singer in a sometimes unsettling new video for her song about wisdom and maturity.