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1:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Second Stage: Vows, 'Winter's Grave'

Courtesy of the artist

Vows' debut album Winter's Grave arrived to NPR folded carefully in a worn piece of paper xeroxed with hand-drawn artwork. True to it's packaging, Winter's Grave is delicately hand-crafted rather then sloppily home-spun.

Vows is a dreamy, atmospheric band with pop sensibilities from a small town in New Jersey. The album's title track has a satisfying blend of enchanting and eerie sounds. It opens with a vibrant riff that rattles over synth keys but slips into dissonant, creepy organ sounds.

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1:38 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Tanglewood At 75: Opening Night With The Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:07 pm

Seventy-five years ago, an American institution was born: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a cultural mecca to arts lovers and the musical refuge for generations of young artists.

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Mountain Stage
1:33 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

The David Mayfield Parade On Mountain Stage

The David Mayfield Parade on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

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The Record
11:48 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Adulthood Can Wait: Why Justin Beiber's 'Believe' Works

He's Only Eighteen: Justin Bieber's new album, Believe, is his fourth to hold the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart.
Ben Watts Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:38 pm

The way people are talking about Justin Bieber's newly minted No. 1 album, Believe — and the transition into adulthood it's meant to represent for the young star — you'd think that he were being prepped for a monarch's throne or the Dalai Lama's robes, not a long career in pop.

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A Blog Supreme
11:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

A Cirque Du Soleil For The Senses: Five Jazz Groups From Montreal

L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus' latest album, L'âge du cuivre, was just nominated for a Juno Award.
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Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:04 pm

C'est la saison de jazz à Montreal! Starting Thursday night and running through next weekend, Francophone Canada's cultural metropolis hosts its grand prix: the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The self-proclaimed "largest jazz festival in the world" casts a musical spell over the city, across 10 outdoor stages, 15 concert halls and clubs galore with more than 1,000 shows.

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