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Lætitia Tamko's music exists in the spaces between memory and reality; in the spots where stories are misremembered and tangled up in our feelings. The Cameroon-born, New York-raised musician records as Vagabon, and her songs capture that ambiguity with somber clarity as Tamko's assured voice glows deeply and brightly like a new bulb. In another life, "Fear & Force" was titled " Vermont II ," and it sounded like a fuzzier, more aggressive American Football . Reworked for her debut album,...

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The music Jaime Fennelly makes under the name Mind Over Mirrors creates a sense of everlasting wonder, driven by synthesizers and the Indian pedal harmonium. He finds the center of tones and timbres, then stretches them beyond their origins. With the forthcoming album Undying Color , Fennelly opens his music to a full band, featuring contributions by Janet Beveridge Bean (Eleventh Dream Day), Jim Becker (Califone), Haley Fohr ( Circuit Des Yeux ) and Jon Mueller (Death Blues, Volcano Choir )....

This week a gigantic Pink Floyd box set is released. What's remarkable about Pink Floyd Early Years 1965-1972 is that its 27 discs cover only the band's first seven years! All this week we'll think pink with some of the people who were there. On Friday — the day this collection is released — we'll talk with drummer Nick Mason about those early years. On Tuesday we talk to Roger Waters about his upcoming projects and politics. But I thought we should start with a man who, 50 years ago,...

Imagine being a singer — in this case, a singer of traditional British folk songs and murder ballads, songs of love, hate, revenge, redemption and tragedy. And as the singer of these songs, you get pretty well known in the circles of folk music in the 1960s and 1970s. Now, imagine a broken heart robs you of your ability to sing. For 38 years, your voice — once beautiful — falls silent. This is the story of the great Shirley Collins. But this tragic tale has a happy epilogue, because Shirley...

If you love Pink Floyd like Bob Boilen and I do, chances are you've got a story or two to tell about how the band's music has figured into your life. Maybe it's the first time you heard them, or a live show you saw, or an important friendship that formed over their music. Whatever your story is, we want to hear it. Here's how to tell us: Record a voice memo of yourself telling the story on your phone. Save the file and email it to nprcrowdsource@npr.org . Be sure to put "Pink Floyd" in the...

More than a year ago, the world first heard the official cast recording of the most successful Broadway musical in recent memory. The album would ultimately go double-platinum and top Billboard 's rap chart, owing in part to fired-up fans hitting repeat, memorizing lyrics and absorbing the show's richly textured world. But just a week after the Hamilton cast album dropped last fall, its seemingly tireless creator was already teasing something new. "So the show is done," Lin-Manuel Miranda...

Patrick Jarenwattananon has been the backbone of our jazz coverage almost since NPR Music started in 2007. Patrick came to us as a 22-year-old intern and shortly after began covering legendary and rising jazz luminaries like a veteran journalist. His writing for A Blog Supreme captured the spirit of the jazz community and was a rich resource for thoughtful coverage on this living American musical culture. Recently NPR Music changed the way we cover jazz, with our wonderful member station WBGO...

When Maggie Rogers brought Pharrell to tears with her electro-pop earworm " Alaska " last summer, fans of the viral hit quickly scoured the web for more music from the young musician, but came up mostly empty handed. Apart from some high school recordings Rogers posted to Bandcamp , "Alaska" was her only official release. Now the wait is over. Rogers is back with a worthy followup called "Dog Years," a slick, slithering and fantastically broody dance-pop track likely to be her second internet...

I first saw Aurora in a small club in New York City three years ago. She was just 17 years old, but her performance was mesmerizing. Her frail, blonde figure mirrored her enchanting voice and words. The young singer from Norway put out a dramatic and beautiful record earlier this year called All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend . On this edition of All Songs Considered, Aurora — now 20 years old — plays DJ, choosing songs that inform her life and music. Some mirror the emotions in her own...

HBO's new Westworld series is only five episodes deep, but the sci-fi western has already established itself as a reliable source for musical easter eggs. Nearly every episode has featured a player piano in the background clinking out versions of popular rock songs. The slightly out-of-tune instrumentals end up sounding like something Scott Joplin might have played. Fans who've longed to hear full versions of what have only been tiny snippets in the show can now stream (or buy) an EP with...

If you're looking of a break from the relentless assault of gut-churning news headlines, you've come to the right place! For this week's show I thought I'd send a little bit of good cheer into the world with some big, joyful group sing-alongs that celebrate life and all its gloriousness. The first burst of light and love comes from the London-based band Crystal Fighters and its anthem to how momentary and magical life is. I follow with Fialta, a group from California with a simple message: We...

On this week's +1 podcast, NPR Music contributor Timmhotep Aku talks with singer and rapper Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge about their new collaboration under the name NxWorries. The music the LA-based duo makes exists at the intersection of soul and raw, sample-based hip-hop ballads over beats. Anderson .Paak lends his inimitable voice, songwriting and slick tongue to NxWorries, while Knxwledge is the quieter half with a talent for finding and flipping samples into transfixing loops....

As Bon Iver 's Justin Vernon prepped the release for his latest mind-bender, 22, A Million , he knew he didn't want to talk too much about the album or grant a lot of interviews. So he held a single press conference in Eau Claire, Wisc., on Sept. 2, just a few weeks after performing the entire album live at Vernon's own Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival . The entire press conference, which took nearly two hours, was filmed but not available for public consumption, until now. Bon Iver has...

Adia Victoria is one of the most compelling performers I've seen this year. Much of what she has to say is about growing up black in the American South. It isn't pretty. For an audience member, her concerts feel uncomfortable yet cathartic. Just watch the first song of her Tiny Desk concert and you'll get an idea of what I mean. Now, here's something unexpected from this surprising singer: an animated, non-musical video that gives you an even better idea of what goes on inside her head. In...

This intimate, completely unadorned cover of Lou Reed 's "Perfect Day" will warm your heart. Andrew Bird and The National 's Matt Berninger recorded the song together in Bird's living room; Bird provided the instrumentation, his trademark whistling and violin gracefully looping together, and Berninger reads the lyrics from a sheet of paper on the floor. "What do you think happens at the end of the [perfect] day," Berninger asks Bird at the end of the song. Bird says, "I think they go back to...

In this week's All Songs Considered, we feature three solo projects by some of our favorite bandleaders, a solo artist's duets record, and new music from some familiar faces, or more accurately put, some familiar Lips. The Flaming Lips are back with a new album, Oczy Młody, inspired by a Polish book that Wayne Coyne owns and finds phonetically fascinating (even if he doesn't understand any of the words). We've also got Run the Jewels, a duo that's all about the words and whose new single...

Run The Jewels has always been heavy as hell, a hip-hop duo that can hang with leather-clad metalheads as much as the club. Killer Mike and El-P just dropped "Talk To Me," the first single from RTJ3 via the Adult Swim Singles program, which has also featured tracks from VHÖL , D∆WN , Earl Sweatshirt , Jenny Hval and others. With spooky production from El-P (and help from Little Shalimar and Wilder Zoby), low-end piano and John Bonham-size drum fills, "Talk To Me" sounds like John Carpenter...

Drake has released three new songs. The Canadian rapper and singer debuted "Two Birds, One Stone," "Sneakin'" and "Fake Love" Sunday night on his Beats 1 radio program. The latter two tracks are out now via Spotify. The tracks are being released as part of a new project that Drake's calling More Life . It's a compilation album that will feature Drake's songs and new music from other artists on his OVO Sound label. More Life is due out sometime in December and follows the April release of his...

Over the weekend, Joanna Newsom celebrated the one-year anniversary of Divers by sharing a new song recorded during that album's sessions, "Make Hay." The piano-based pop song bounces lightly, with a woozily struck celesta and a Wurlizter warming Newsom's intricate writing. Her lyrics are as evocative and mysterious as ever: "I was the queen of the rodeo / (And everybody'd know) / And you were the keeper of the lions / And we were gored, and abased, and adored, and erased, all before our time...

On this week's +1 podcast: A conversation with Henry Hey, the orchestrator, arranger and musical director for Lazarus , the off-Broadway musical set to the songs of David Bowie . Lazarus only ran in New York for six weeks last winter, and the songs weren't available for anyone to hear outside of those live performances until this week, when Columbia Records released the cast recording of Lazarus , along with three new songs Bowie wrote and recorded for the musical. The tracks, written during...

The cast recording of Lazarus , the musical David Bowie wrote with playwright Enda Walsh , is out this week, and with it arrives three previously unreleased Bowie songs recorded during his Blackstar sessions. "Killing A Little Time" is the third track to leak from the album, and it's an ominous, polyrhythmic rock scorcher that would have fit well on the icon's final album. It's one of the last songs he recorded before his death from liver cancer in January. "I stagger through this criminal...

The new album from the experimental rock band Negativland comes with a plastic bag containing 2 grams of Don Joyce's cremated remains. Joyce, a member of the group, died of heart failure in 2015. According to an official announcement on Boing Boing , the band's forthcoming album, The Chopping Channel , will ship with little bags of Joyce's ashes for as long as "supplies last." "Thank you for reading about all of our deaths over the past year and a half!" the band says in an official statement...

For as much as the election has dominated the news this year, the political cycle hasn't invaded the world of All Songs Considered . But this week we've got a remarkable cut by the band EL VY that's all about Donald Trump. "Are These My Jets?" is from 30 Days, 30 Songs , an online compilation album that features a new song by a new artist every day for the final thirty days leading up to the election. (For the record, NPR is not endorsing any candidate. We just like the song!) A couple of...

Today, Chuck Berry turns 90. And today, the man who helped define rock 'n' roll celebrates by announcing his first album in 38 years. The album is simply called CHUCK, and it features a hometown backing band that includes his children Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and Ingrid Berry on harmonica, along with his bassist for nearly 40 years, Jimmy Marsala. The album was recorded in Berry's hometown of St. Louis and will be out in 2017. Chuck Berry's sound owes much to T-Bone Walker 's electric...

It's not easy to make sense of the latest song from Foxygen . One minute, "America" is lurching orchestral pop, complete with dramatic strings and woodwinds. The next, it's a melancholy piano piece, followed by a sudden shift to oddball jazz punctuated by bursts of noise and orchestrated chaos. It's an epic, head-spinning collision of sounds worthy of multiple listens. "If you're already there, then you're already dead," the Los Angeles duo sings. "If you're living in America." Sam France and...

Days after playing the Desert Trip festival in Indio, Calif., Roger Waters is announcing a new, multi-state tour. It's his first since the 2010-2013 tour of The Wall and starts in May of next year, with stops in more than 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada. Waters has named it the "Us And Them" tour after the song he wrote for Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon . He told NPR Music its themes about the haves and have-nots are more relevant and topical than ever. "I was listening...

The Luck Mansion sessions was one of the coolest things at AmericanaFest 2016. In the parlor of an old mansion in East Nashville, the label Third Man Records and the mansion's hosts, the organization Luck Reunion, paired musicians together to record a song. But it was more social and way more laid-back than just that, with time and space for musicians to hang out, jam, talk, drink and eat together while figuring out what they would commit to tape. Some of the pairs, like John Paul White and...

Last week, after I played a monstrously good guitar rock cut by Major Stars , Bob Boilen rolled his eyes while foolishly claiming the guitar solo was dead. So we did an entirely scientific poll (it wasn't scientific) on Twitter to see what listeners thought. As I expected, the vast majority — nearly 70 percent — said, "No, Bob." The guitar solo is not dead. So this week, after rubbing Bob's face in it (it's the only way they learn), I took pity and allowed him the first spin. What I heard...

D∆WN 's had a busy 2016, dropping three separate videos for " Not Above That ," a fashion film for " Wake Up ," a single for Adult Swim , a feature on Machinedrum's " Do It 4 U ," and not to mention a sleepy and creepy cover of Adele's " Hello " at the end of last year. But it's all been leading up to the final entry of an album trilogy from of the artist formerly known as Dawn Richard. RedemptionHeart is imminent. The hyper, brassy "Renegades" is the first single, very much in line with D∆WN...

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