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World Cafe
4:06 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Parquet Courts On World Cafe

Parquet Courts.
Keven Pedersen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 4:13 pm

Nonchalant raw riffage and perfect off-the-cuff lyrics are what attracted me to Light Up Gold, the second full-length album from the Brooklyn indie-rock band Parquet Courts.

On this edition of World Cafe, we were lucky enough to hear three new songs that were written after the release of Light Up Gold. We can't say what will become of them, but "Dear Ramona," in particular, is extraordinary.

All Songs Considered
2:03 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

First Watch: Grant Olney, 'Not From Body'

A tiny owl tries to find its way in the world, in a new animated video from singer-songwriter Grant Olney.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 8:15 pm

When singer-songwriter Grant Olney started working on his latest album, Hypnosis For Happiness, he never imagined it'd take six years to finish. But after laying down the first tracks in 2006, Olney left for the U.K. and the Netherlands to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. After finishing a 300-page dissertation on something called "high dimensional geometry," Olney returned to music and found himself reflecting on identity, friendship and what it means to really know someone. It's a knotty mix of emotions and ideas he tackles in a touching new video for the song "Not From Body."

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The Record
1:34 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Hot 97's Summer Jam: A Referendum On Hip-Hop

The close of Kendrick Lamar's set at Summer Jam on Sunday, when Top Dawg and A$AP Rocky's crews joined him onstage.
Ilya S. Savenok Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 5:44 pm

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Favorite Sessions
1:31 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Patty Griffin Sings A Song For Her Father

Patty Griffin performs a live studio session at WFUV in New York City.
Dan Brauer WFUV

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:08 am

Patty Griffin is back on the road to support American Kid, her seventh studio album, which she wrote as a tribute to her father. She recorded the album in Memphis, working with Luther and Cody Dickinson from the North Mississippi Allstars. Robert Plant, Griffin's tourmate and significant other, also makes an appearance on the album.

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Thistle and Shamrock
12:34 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Easy Does It

Dougie MacLean
Courtesy of the artist

There's more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes. Kick back with some soothing voices and some free-spirited instrumentals.

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