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11:31 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Wye Oak Heads Down A Sinister Side Road In 'Spiral'

Wye Oak.
Natashe Tylea

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 12:30 pm

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack combine to form a huge-sounding, full-blooded rock band, with the former blustering epically on guitar and the latter multitasking on drums and keyboards. Moody and portentous, the Baltimore duo's songs billow menacingly when they're not booming majestically, aided and shrouded by Wasner's enigmatic mumble.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Macaw And More

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:27 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

The Record
10:50 am
Fri June 29, 2012

This Old Chicago House: EDM's Family Roots

A fan of soul and disco, Nemiah Mitchell, Jr. (left) let the taste of his son, Vince Lawrence, shape the output of his record labels Mitchbal and Chicago Connection.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 9:44 am

There's no mistaking the Year Zero quality of early Chicago house music from the mid-'80s.

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Song Travels
10:33 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Lari White On 'Song Travels'

Lari White.
Courtesy of the artist

With three Grammys to her credit, Lari White has carved out a multifaceted career as an award-winning recording artist, hit songwriter, producer, independent record-label owner and versatile actress. She's widely regarded as Nashville's "Renaissance Woman."

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Monkey See
10:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

The Perfect Listen: Fiona Apple As A Lesson In Irrational Music Rituals

Recording artist Fiona Apple performs in February 2011.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 11:13 am

On June 19, a week and a half ago, Fiona Apple released a brand new album, her first in seven years. The entire album had been available for streaming by NPR Music for a week and a half by then. Three days later, my copy arrived in the mail. It hasn't left my desk since.

I still haven't listened to it.

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