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12:32 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Song Premiere: Title Fight, 'Sympathy'

Title Fight.
Manny Mares

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:10 pm

As much as its music pervaded my high school existence, I never attended Warped Tour — the sneaker-sponsored touring festival that has dipped into rap, Top 40 pop music and metalcore, but for the most part has stuck to its skater-friendly punk roots. On a recent mid-week day-off in late July, however, I was extremely tempted to hitch a ride to Merriweather Post Pavillion for the largely teenage-populated festival to see one band: Title Fight.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:54 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Making A Case For Massenet, The Misunderstood Sentimentalist

French composer Jules Massenet died 100 years ago, leaving the opera world with a wealth of elegantly composed dramas.
Topical Press Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 10:07 am

Poor Jules Massenet. How could the most successful French opera composer of his generation fall so far out of fashion? Perhaps the new 23-CD box set of Massenet's music, marking the 100th anniversary of his death (yesterday), holds some clues.

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The Record
11:45 am
Tue August 14, 2012

An Electronic Composer Reconstructs The Natural World

The British producer Darren Cunningham, who records electronic music under the name Actress.
Will Bankhead Courtesy of Honest Jon's

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:18 pm

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All Songs Considered
9:43 am
Tue August 14, 2012

This Week's Essential Listening: Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, More

Omar Rodriguez Lopez (clockwise from upper left), Jens Lekman, Amanda Palmer, Niki And The Dove
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 6:24 pm

On this week's show hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share some of their favorite new discoveries, including the Kate Bush-inspired Swedish duo Niki And The Dove, German experimental pianist Nils Frahm, and a surprising new album from singer Amanda Palmer.

Also on the show: the best new music in a decade from the Chicago-based band Sea And Cake; the inimitable storytelling of Swedish pop singer Jens Lekman; and an epic new album from post-punk veterans Swans.

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Mountain Stage
9:30 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Ha Ha Tonka On Mountain Stage

Ha Ha Tonka performs on Mountain Stage.
Fred C. Tom Mountain Stage

Ha Ha Tonka makes its first appearance on today's Mountain Stage, recorded at the campus of Ohio University in Athens, with a set that features songs from the band's newest album, Death of a Decade. Taking its name from a state park in its members' native southeastern Missouri, the group was recently featured on the Ozarks episode of the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

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