First Listen: Meatbodies, ‘Meatbodies’

By Doug Mosurock

Meatbodies’ Chad Ubovich has learned to put his personal spin on the surf-strum mutant beach party championed by California psychedelic rock bands like Thee Oh Sees, Wand and Bleached.

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First Listen: Kindness, ‘Otherness’

By Andy Beta

British singer Adam Bainbridge doubles down on his many ’80s influences (disco, ’80s boogie and R&B, house music, go-go) while still making them sound refreshed.

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First Listen: Frazey Ford, ‘Indian Ocean’

By Katie Presley

Ford’s second solo album comes marinated in the soul tradition inherent to its Memphis birthplace, and seasoned liberally by the influence of her backing band, Al Green’s Hi Rhythm Section.

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First Listen: Bing & Ruth, ‘Tomorrow Was The Golden Age’

By Sami Yenigun

On its second album, the New York instrumental collective touches nerves with delicate force. Bing & Ruth’s music lulls you with meditative passages, then adorns them with gut-wrenching melodies.

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First Listen: Angaleena Presley, ‘American Middle Class’

By Ann Powers

Presley, of The Pistol Annies, releases a solo debut that chronicles real life, unresolved. In the singer’s patient, exacting hands, the clichés fall away.

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The Maestro And The Liberator: Gustavo Dudamel’s Cinematic Debut

By NPR Staff

A new film about the life of Latin American military leader Simón Bolivar features music by a first-time film score composer: Gustavo Dudamel.

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Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn On Teaming Up, Finally

By NPR Staff

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, banjo superstars and a couple of 10 years, speak with NPR’s Arun Rath about why they waited so long to make their first album together.

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Tiny Desk Concert

By Patrick Jarenwattananon

When he gets a chance to be the frontman, the Brooklyn trombonist runs a nifty jazz quartet. Assisted by vocalist Camila Meza (and by employer Sufjan Stevens, in absentia), Catharsis visits NPR.

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Minnie Driver Sings, Stripped Down And Haunting

Minnie Driver is probably best known for her acting roles, but the husky voiced actor is also an accomplished singer. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Driver about her third album, Ask Me to Dance.

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Becoming The Barr Brothers, A Band Of Friends And Neighbors

By NPR Staff

Thin walls can ruin a great apartment. Not so for Brad Barr, who met harpist Sarah Page when he overheard her playing next door.

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