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Fitz & The Tantrums Continue To Defy Genres On New Album More Than Just A Dream

May 24, 2013 - The Los Angeles band Fitz & The Tantrums broke through in 2011 with their debut Picking Up The Pieces. The undeniable songs and a truly exciting live set led them to festival appearances that had them called the “hardest working band of Summer 2011.”
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The Two Women Of Boy Find Their Musical Bliss With Debut Mutual Friends

May 23, 2013 - It’s the charm and the openness of the music of the Swiss-German duo Boy that have made their debut album Mutual Friends such a world-wide success.
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Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire Gets Personal On Second Album Miracle Temple

May 22, 2013 - Mount Moriah are a rock band formed around the duo of guitarist Jenks Miller and singer Heather McEntire in the late 2000s.
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How Sleep Deprivation Helped The National Refine Their Music on "Trouble Will Find Me"

June 17, 2013 - The rise of the career of The Brooklyn based band The National has been slow and steady. Critical kudos begat bigger crowds and sales. But each of the band’s albums have also showed increasing awareness of their strengths as well. In this session we hear how sleep deprivation lead the band to more straightforward songs.
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Glasgow’s Frightened Rabbit Plays Pedestrian Verse Live!

May 17, 2013 - Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson has been telling us too much about his love life since the Scottish band’s first album Sing The Greys in 2006.
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RNDM’s Acts Features Joseph Arthur And Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament

May 15, 2013 - RNDM is a new band featuring Joseph Arthur, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Richard Stuverud.
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Dawn McCarthy And Bonnie Prince Billy Harmonize On What The (Everly) Brothers Sang

May 14, 2013 - It’s a love affair with songs and harmony itself today. Dawn and Will sing Don and Phil!
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From Barry Manilow To Patti Smith, Clive Davis Can Hear A Hit

May 10, 2013 - At the age of 81 music biz mogul Clive Davis slowed down enough to write his autobiography The Soundtrack of My Life. But talking with him you realize that it is just a moment before he is off again.
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Rod Stewart’s Best Songs Are the Ones He Writes Himself!

June 21, 2013 - Rod Stewart has little to prove as a rock star. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame twice, once solo and once with The Faces. Of late he has had enormous success with a series of albums singing other people’s songs including standards of The Great American Songbook.
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Sacred Steel Virtuoso Slide Brothers Take Us To Church

May 9, 2013 - Robert Randolph, the spectacular young pedal steel guitarist, was the first player from the Sacred Steel tradition to break out to a wider audience.
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Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck Once Thought The Songs on Muchacho Were Too Personal

June 24, 2013 - It is easy to hear the steady growth in the music of Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck since his 2009 Willie Nelson tribute album. His last album, 2011’s Here’s To Taking It Easy, was a sprawling, languorous, epic written with his road band’s performances in mind.
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Hey Marseilles With Chamber Folk From Seattle

May 7, 2013 - Seattle’s Hey Marseilles formed around the collaboration of singer Matt Bishop and guitarist Nick Ward when the two were students at the University of Washington. The band just grew organically into the seven piece band that made their new album Lines We Trace.
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Nick Cave On Push The Sky Away And Excerpts From Berlin Concert

June 3, 2013 - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds are back, minus founding member Mick Harvey on guitar, with "Push The Sky Away." We are going to hear live performances recorded in Berlin this past February. The elegant yet emotive performer sounds great.
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Low Has Quietly Been Making Music For 20 Years: “You Can’t Hear The People Listening”

May 2, 2013 - It is hard to find another band with more consistent quality and as true to their vision as Low. In fact Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have been making Low records for 20 years now, recently releasing The Invisible Way, their 10th album.
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Seattle’s Pickwick Started Exciting Everybody When They Stopped Boring Themselves!

June 18, 2013 - The first incarnation of Pickwick was centered on Galen Disston’s acoustic guitar strummed songs.
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Matt Pond Stays True To Melodic Rock Sound

April 30,2013 - The fact that Matt Pond has dropped the PA from his name has more to do with geography than sound.
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LA’s Dawes Come Down From Laurel Canyon On New Album

May 20, 2013 - Taylor Goldsmith, the songwriter for the Los Angeles based band Dawes, writes heartfelt first-person songs somewhat in the style of his So Cal Laurel Canyon predecessors like Jackson Browne. In an exhaustive interview today with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun he tells about the inspiration on many of the new songs on Stories Don't End.
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Texas Rock Band Sons Of Fathers Actually Inspired By Their Dads

April 25, 2013 - David Beck and Paul Cauthen were both playing around San Marcos, Texas, when they recognized it might be a good move to combine their talents and became Sons of Fathers.
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New Home And New Album For Thao And The Get Down Stay Down

April 24, 2013 - Thao Nguyen has been very busy since her last album 2009’s Know Better Learn Faster. The band moved to San Francisco.
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How Do You Green The Energy Guzzling Rock Tour?

April 22, 2013 - Happy Earth Day! 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.
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Eels New Wonderful, Glorious Starts A New Chapter For Mark Oliver Everett

April 19, 2013 - The last few years have found Mark Oliver Everett of Eels doing more than a bit of summing up. That includes an autobiography "Things the Grandchildren Should Know" and releasing an anthology of the band’s past work.
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Shovels & Rope: Husband & Wife Better Together

April 18, 2013 - Husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst had their own careers going, he with the band The Films and she solo, and then they started performing together, just the two of them.
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The James Hunter Six Gets The British Soul Singer’s Sound Right

April 17, 2013 - Our guest is by no means an overnight sensation. James Hunter fell in love with the sound of vintage R&B in his youth in England with the foundation of his grandmother’s 78s.
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Jesse Dee’s Vintage R&B Sound
April 17, 2013 - Jesse Dee grew up in Boston, far from the South where the music he loves began. He heard 50’s and 60’s R&B on the radio as a kid and could never shake it.
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Lady Lamb The Beekeeper’s Music Emerges From The Basement
April 16, 2013 - Aly Spaltro first captured the small but tight-knit Portland, Maine, scene, then moved across the country to Brooklyn where those original songs were re-worked for her debut.
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