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All Songs Considered
1:30 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

First Watch: Yellow Red Sparks, 'A Play To End All Plays'

Scene from the Yellow Red Sparks video, for the song "A Play To End All Plays
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Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 2:47 pm

The songs of Yellow Red Sparks, a folk-pop trio based in California, are twisted tales told through cinematic, often epic orchestrations. In the group's spectacular and creepy new video, for the song "A Play To End All Plays," a couple's failed relationship is acted out like an old circus sideshow before a finger-wagging audience. Frontman Joshua Hanson, who appears as the play's host, indicts the lovers with a surprisingly infectious melody and old-timey instrumentation.

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Code Switch
12:41 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Can You Say 'KDAY' In Mandarin?

Dr. Dre (right), and Snoop Dogg (left), perform on Broadway in Times Square, New York City as part of MTV's Spankin New Music Week.
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I'm going to out myself. I listen to the "oldies" station on my daily commute to and from NPR West in my banged-up ride, tailpipe barely hanging on. The station's tag-line is "back in the day hits," and my favorite feature is inappropriate relationship advice from a Mexican drag queen who goes by Kay Sedia (as in, quesadilla). The station's call letters are KDAY and it cuts in and out during my commute because its FM signal is weak.

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Live in Concert
12:41 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Iggy & The Stooges, Live In Concert

Iggy & The Stooges live from (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:07 pm

If your idea of fun is having a leathery, shirtless, 66-year-old man sweat on you, then you needed to be near the stage at (Le) Poisson Rouge for Iggy Pop's afternoon public-radio showcase on April 28 with his band The Stooges.

And if that's not your idea of fun, then you really, really need to see Iggy Pop perform live, and soon.

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World Cafe
12:27 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

How The Energy-Guzzling Rock Tour Can Go Green

Guster.
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Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 9:13 pm

While on tour with his band Guster, Adam Gardner noticed that a lot of energy was being consumed, particularly in getting bands and fans together for a show. His wife, an ecologist, had been nudging him at home to become more green, and he'd started to wonder what could be done about the environmental impact of life on the road.

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Monkey See
12:25 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Agony, Ecstasy, Irony: The Fight For The Soul Of College A Cappella

The Nor'easters, of Northeastern University, perform at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella on Saturday night.
Joe Martinez

Saturday night at Town Hall in New York, the Nor'easters of Northeastern University in Boston were crowned national champions at the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), the entirely real battle dramatized in last summer's surprise hit Pitch Perfect.

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