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All Songs Considered
8:24 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Summer Music Preview: Premieres From Cat Power, Avett Brothers, The Antlers And More

Top row (left to right): The Antlers, Cat Power; Middle row: Bill Fay, Sean Rowe, Nas; Bottom row: Christian Scott, JEFF The Brotherhood
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:41 am

This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton offer sneak previews of some of the summer's most anticipated releases.

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All Songs Considered Blog
6:03 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Song Premiere: Best Coast Performs Fleetwood Mac's 'Rhiannon'

Best Coast.
David Black

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 9:49 am

There are as many ways to interpret someone else's song as there are to write one yourself, but covers needn't play out as complex deconstructions or intellectual exercises. Covers can be simple celebrations — a way of saying, "Damn, I wish this were my song."

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The Record
7:06 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Springsteen's American Dream, Beautiful And Bleak

Bruce Springsteen onstage during the Born in the USA tour in 1985.
Richard E. Aaron Redferns

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:39 pm

I fell in love with Bruce Springsteen for his swagger. It was ridiculous and offered so much hope. Here was a bony dude with the worst haircut ever, who wore T-shirts covered in holes — seriously, he looked like the fry cook at the amusement park where I worked as a counter girl in the summer — making music as big as the known universe.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:33 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Reggie Watts: Tiny Desk Concert

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:06 am

It's hard to pick a favorite Tiny Desk Concert from the hundreds we've done, but this could be the one. For me, music is best when it surprises, takes chances and makes me smile. Comedian and musician Reggie Watts performed three "songs" at the NPR Music offices, all of them spontaneous improvisations and all of them playful, even magical.

Watts came with a simple setup of loop pedals, delay pedals and a microphone. He laid down the beats and bass, entirely with his voice, and built up layers of sound, melody and rhythm — more like a magician than a musician.

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World Cafe
3:23 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Next: Megan Reilly

Megan Reilly.
Jason Creps

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 9:52 am

  • Hear two new tracks by Megan Reilly

Megan Reilly strips away the gloss of modern country music to find an emotional sound rooted in folk and classic pop. Her latest album, The Well, departs significantly from its six-year-old predecessor; supported by an acoustic backbone, her new songs drift into retro territory, with occasional psychedelic guitar riffs and pop melodies that recall love ballads from the '60s.

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