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All Songs Considered
12:38 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Prepare Thy 'Sky Burial': The Lumbering Heft Of Inter Arma

Inter Arma.
Tony Lynch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 4:39 pm

At some point, a long string of colorful adjectives doesn't accomplish much for any band. "Hypnogogic math-pop," "blackened uber-popadelica," "avant seapunk-rap" — it all gets a little silly. Metal, or at least the folks who describe it, often falls into this trap, present company included. Exhibit A: the second album from Richmond's Inter Arma. Sky Burial ingests several forms of metal, but the goal is demonstrable heft. Maybe you should just listen to its opening track first; it's called "The Survival Fires."

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Deceptive Cadence
10:57 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Wilkommen, Bienvenue ... Whatever

Pablo Helguera

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

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Live in Concert
10:50 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Robert Belfour: Live In Concert

Mississippi blues guitarist Robert Belfour performs a special show at WXPN's World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Joe del Tufo for WXPN

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 11:54 am

The 74-year-old Mississippi blues guitarist Robert Belfour possesses a deep, earthy tone which makes his live performances enthralling and compelling. Belfour has been playing since childhood in the Mississippi hill country around Red Banks (just south of Memphis, Tenn.), where he picked up his father's guitar and learned to play. When his father died, the burden of supporting the family fell largely on the 13-year-old. He went into construction work in Memphis, playing blues on the side when there was time.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Good Listener: Do I Come To SXSW If I Don't Have A Badge Or A Billion Dollars?

Whether you buy a $795 badge or show up with a little spare cash on hand, SXSW has something for you — and will expect you to stand in line at some point.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 7:06 am

[This story originally ran on Feb. 22, 2013, but still applies today.]

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Valentine's Day cards that got returned with no forwarding address is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, how music fans could and should approach SXSW, the gigantic music festival held every March in Austin, Texas.

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Music News
4:51 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Where Does The Harlem Shake Actually Come From?

G Dep in "Let's Get It."
Vimeo

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 9:26 am

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