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Bon Iver Balances Prayer And Despair On 'i,i'

Posted on August 13 2019 by NPR

Hidden inside the three minutes and eight seconds of "Holyfields," are the basic schematics for i,i, the deceptively ambitious fourth Bon Iver album. The piece opens in a mood of electronic desolation, with a spikey, synthesized pulse that recalls the... [Read More]

Listen: Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, Natalie Hemby Are The Highwomen

Posted on July 19 2019 by NPR

In 1985, a team of country-music legends formed The Highwaymen, a supergroup combining the talents of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. It somehow took 34 years for someone to think of a perfectly named counterpart, but n... [Read More]

Wilco Announces New Album, Shares 'Love Is Everywhere (Beware)'

Posted on July 16 2019 by NPR

Wilco has announced it'll release the band's 11th studio album later this year. Drawing its title from the poetry of Friedrich Schiller — and Beethoven's Ninth symphony — Wilco's Ode to Joy will feature what frontman Jeff Tweedy calls "rea... [Read More]

iLe And Making Movies Discuss Music, Activism And Mixing The Two

Posted on July 11 2019 by NPR

The Alt.Latino Interview Archive is currently housed at a secret location just off Avenida de La Independencia in downtown Tijuana. I dispatched a courier to pick up two interviews that were recorded recently, so I could offer this mid-summer gift to... [Read More]

After Years Apart, The Black Keys Get Back To Basics

Posted on June 30 2019 by NPR

Between their formation in 2001 and last album in 2014, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney released eight LPs as The Black Keys and became household names with songs like "Tighten Up" and "Fever." When the duo took a break from recording an... [Read More]

Lucy Dacus' Conflicted Song About America: 'Forever Half Mast'

Posted on June 25 2019 by NPR

    Lucy Dacus is conflicted about America. The chorus of her new song, "Forever Half Mast," begins with the line, "Yes you're evil, but you're not that bad." The inspired songwriter from Richmond dropped me a note to say, "I wrote i... [Read More]

How Prince Worked His Magic On The Bangles' 'Manic Monday'

Posted on June 21 2019 by NPR

Originals, the latest posthumous release from The Prince Estate, compiles 15 previously unheard songs Prince wrote and demoed for other artists. Among the familiar titles penned by Prince are Sheila E.'s "The Glamorous Life," Kenny Rogers' "You&#3... [Read More]

Sharon Van Etten Shares New Video For 'No One's Easy To Love'

Posted on June 19 2019 by NPR

    The latest video from Sharon Van Etten finds the singer-songwriter wandering the streets of a strange and empty city, alone with her thoughts as she reflects on love, forgiveness and the universal fallibility of humans. "No one's eas... [Read More]

All He Wanted Was To Be Free: Where Bruce Springsteen's 'Western Stars' Came From

Posted on June 13 2019 by NPR

In 1981, after reading the paraplegic veteran Ron Kovic's memoir Born on the Fourth of July, Bruce Springsteen staged a concert to benefit the advocacy group Vietnam Veterans of America. For the encore, he played a song he hadn't performed before... [Read More]

Dr. John, Legend of New Orleans, Dead At 77

Posted on June 7 2019 by NPR

  The music legend, guitarist, piano man, jive talker and psychedelic godfather Malcolm John Rebennack – better known as Dr. John – died "towards the break of day" on Thursday, of a heart attack, a statement has confirmed. He was 77. That last bit o... [Read More]


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