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First Listen
6:59 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Beautiful Swimmers, 'Son'

Beautiful Swimmers' new album, Son, comes out July 2.
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Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 6:56 am

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First Listen
6:58 am
Mon June 24, 2013

First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Me Moan'

Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9.
Adam Wallacavage Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 8:31 am

Between the City of Brotherly Love and the Steel Belt of Pittsburgh, there's plenty of rural countryside in the state of Pennsylvania. So when Pearls & Brass drummer Daughn Gibson wasn't touring the U.S. playing that band's strain of heavy '70s-style rock, he took blue-collar gigs as a long-haul trucker and warehouse worker. And, when that band ended, Gibson took to recording his own music. His 2012 solo debut, All Hell, found his country roots showing through the crackly lo-fi loops and stark piano songs, all of it sticking thanks to Gibson's well-deep baritone.

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Music
4:02 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

DJ Betto Arcos Spins The Latest From Brazil

Graveola celebrates its hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in the song "Babulina's Trip."
Flavia Mafra Courtesy of the artist

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Microphone Check
2:45 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

J. Cole performing at KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland, Calif., on June 9.
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Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 5:18 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With J Cole

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Music News
8:06 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Waxahatchee: A Lonesome Voice, Raised In Basements

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded.
Will Figg for NPR

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 5:13 pm

"I kind of came to everyone and was like, 'Guys. What if we call it ... Blue.' "

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