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Last Build Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:59:38 -0400

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Lucius On Mountain Stage

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:59:38 -0400

The band, led by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, performs live in West Virginia.

First Listen: Helado Negro, 'Private Energy'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:11:00 -0400

The latest album by musician Roberto Lange mixes his unmistakable keyboard sounds with stripped-down dance beats and lyrics waiting to be assigned a narrative from your own life.

Kate Bush To Release Rare Live Recordings

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:48:00 -0400

A three-disc set, due out Dec. 2, features highlights from her 2014 concert series at London's Hammersmith Apollo theater. It was her first set of live performances in 35 years.

Watch Norah Jones Perform 'Flipside' Live In The Studio

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:43:00 -0400

The song is from the jazz and pop singer-songwriter's new album, Day Breaks. Here, Jones and her band play it live at KCRW.

Songs We Love: Empire of the Sun, 'To Her Door'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:00:00 -0400

"When you've got the undeniable, magical aura of Doctor Buckingham, things blossom." The Australian synth duo gets a lush assist from the Fleetwood Mac guitarist on its breezy new song.

Watch Paul Simon's Ageless And Animated Performance Of 'Wristband'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:00:28 -0400

The legendary singer and songwriter makes his first-ever appearance at Austin City Limits for a rare live performance.

First Listen: Conor Oberst, 'Ruminations'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:29 -0400

Oberst's distinctive warble is set against a spare patchwork of acoustic guitar, piano and the occasional harmonica, drawing most of the attention to his dark, personal words.

First Listen: Shovels & Rope, 'Little Seeds'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Parenthood gives the husband-and-wife Americana duo the will to rock on an album that's informed by both birth and death.

First Listen: Phish, 'Big Boat'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

The band's 13th album feels like a tonal sequel to 2014's terrific Fuego, thanks to a balanced ear for Phish's on-stage exuberance and sonic cohesion.

First Listen: Brent Cobb, 'Shine On Rainy Day'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:00:00 -0400

On his first full-length album, the young country singer-songwriter imaginatively teases out the subtle textures of small-town life.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival Sessions On World Cafe

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:19:53 -0400

Hear performances by Liz Longley, The Sheepdogs and Quiet Life, recorded live at the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August 2016.

Newlywed Composer Christopher Rouse On His Encoded Musical Love Letters

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:00:00 -0400

In a piece on his latest album, the Pulitzer-winning composer uses a code of musical notes to spell out the name of his wife, Natasha. Another composition is inspired by her remarkable resilience.

All Right Now! Brownout Back At It Again With Funky Black Sabbath Covers

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:34:00 -0400

Hear the Austin, Texas-based Latin funk band's seven-minute workout of "Fairies Wear Boots," complete with horns, fuzz and a touch of dub.

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Sounds

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:30:25 -0400

Sample some recent releases from favorite artists and rising names. This week's show includes Celtic Fiddle Festival, The Bills and Iona Fyfe Band.

Watch: A Chilling Masterpiece From Anna von Hausswolff

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:46:00 -0400

The new video is breathlessly beautiful, brooding and unsettling.