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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]

Sleater-Kinney's 'Hurry On Home' Centers Your Chaos

Posted on May 29 2019 by NPR

Sleater-Kinney returned just before everything changed. In 2015, nine years after a hiatus, the trio made No Cities to Love in secret. The resulting tour (featuring a pre-"Juice" Lizzo, by the way) didn't just feel like a second wind, but had to have... [Read More]

In 'We Get By,' Mavis Staples Keeps Singing For 'Change'

Posted on May 28 2019 by NPR

Mavis Staples could've retired in good conscience years ago. But slowing down isn't her style. With her father, sisters and brother as The Staple Singers, her gospel songs scored the civil rights movement. More than a half century later,... [Read More]

Vampire Weekend Is Looking For The Cool Within The Uncool

Posted on May 3 2019 by NPR

Vampire Weekend's last album, Modern Vampires of the City, helped vault it to festival headliner status, and topped year-end best-of lists when it was released. But that was six years ago — and a lot has happened in the time since. One of the main cre... [Read More]

The Black Keys Announce New Album 'Let's Rock', Share New Song 'Eagle Birds'

Posted on April 25 2019 by NPR

It's time: The Black Keys are ready to both rock and roll once more. The duo of Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach has unveiled its ninth studio album, titled (on-the-nose) "Let's Rock," due out June 28 on Easy Eye/Nonesuch. With a promise of more... [Read More]

Kevin Morby Drops New Song, Video In Advance Of 'Oh My God'

Posted on April 17 2019 by NPR

    On April 26, singer-songwriter Kevin Morby releases an ambitious double-length concept album called Oh My God. Today, he teases it one last time with the deceptively titled "OMG Rock N Roll," a song that fits a thoughtful and ambitious j... [Read More]

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