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Thistle and Shamrock
11:03 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: New Summer Releases, Part 1

Karine Polwart
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Catch up on the latest traditional and contemporary recordings from rising talent in the Celtic roots music scene, along with new releases from our most popular artists.

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All Songs Considered
10:53 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Hear Dan Casey's Restless Mind At Work On 'Empty City'

Dan Casey
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It takes a bit longer than a full minute before Berkeley, California-based artist Dan Casey's song "Empty City" builds to its gorgeous swirl of vocal harmonies, drum machines and hook-laden guitar riffs, but the sonic pay off is worth every second. At the heart of the song lies a unique mix of bright guitar lines intertwining with up-tempo electronic production that illustrates Casey's mastery at layering the sounds from his head.

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Thistle and Shamrock
10:03 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Family Gathering

Mícheál Ó Domhnaill
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Some of the finest Celtic music recorded since it was so labeled has sprung from a few influential musical families. Hear the Brennans, the O'Domhnaills , the Cunninghams, the Fishers, and the Lunnys. Together and individually, they have helped shape the genre.

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Music Reviews
9:49 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

Robin Thicke on the cover of Blurred Lines.
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Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:57 pm

Robin Thicke exudes a kind of oily charm that is, with the right material, by no means off-putting. A prime example is the single "Blurred Lines," which gives you the complete Robin Thicke Experience. The song is a come-on, because basically all Thicke does in his music is try to put the make on women. What prevents him from being too creepy is that he's also genial, even gentlemanly and debonair, when the object of his lust shoots him down.

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Favorite Sessions
9:36 am
Thu August 22, 2013

KCRW Presents: The National

Matt Berninger of The National.
KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:24 pm

When The National came through the Morning Becomes Eclectic studios, the band was in the midst of a sizable tour, including two sold-out shows in Los Angeles. Drummer Bryan Devendorf opted out of the morning session to nurse a bad back, so we ended up with a pared-down and intimate performance, with Matt Berninger's emotive voice guiding the way. The result was a chance to hear songs like "I Should Live In Salt" through different angles — a must for any fan.

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