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Rock & Roots
9:53 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Exclusive Audio! From TV On The Radio

Rock & Roots premiers genre-bending rock band TV On The Radio’s new single, “Million Miles.” It’s the group’s second single from a yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album, due for release sometime soon on producer Dave Sitek’s own record label, Federal Prism. It will be TV On The Radio’s first album since parting ways with Interscope Records, which released the group’s prior three albums.

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Rock & Roots
9:50 am
Thu August 22, 2013

First Listen: Sly And The Family Stone, Highlights From 'Higher!'

The story of Sylvester Stewart — we call him — is that of a great urban engineer who launched out of the Bay Area in 1967 with a series of bridge-making hits: fusing rock to rhythm and blues, bringing jazz and funk into the mainstream with a band that was black and white, male and female. The story takes a weird corner and ends (or at least peaks) with some chattery scary masterpieces, isolated midnight moanings, fear and dread as universal in the '70s as love had been a few years before.

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Rock & Roots
12:48 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

First Listen: Neko Case, 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...'

"Reveal myself when I'm ready / I'll reveal myself invincible soon," sings in "Ragtime," the mid-tempo ballad which closes her new record, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. But she's hardly concealed her identity or evaded examination in the album's first 11 songs: This is arguably the most unguarded and revealing of Case's six records...

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Rock & Roots
12:45 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

First Listen: Bob Dylan, Highlights From 'Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)'

If 's long career as a genius of the American spirit has taught us anything, it's that one fan's trash is another one's treasure. "I never looked at songs as 'good' or 'bad,' only different kinds of good ones," he once said. Dylan's music, from the magpie folk of his early years to the historically conscious balladry of his current albums, has always reminded us that our legacy includes not just ennobling beauty, but also minstrelsy, dirty blues, sentimental sappiness and rama-lama-ding-dong...

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Rock & Roots
12:26 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Be one of the first to hear an NPR/Music "First Listen"

Enjoy previews of select, upcoming albums, in their entirety.

LINK to the NPR Music "First Listen" LIBRARY HERE...

Rock & Roots
10:37 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Song Premiere: The Avett Brothers, 'Another Is Waiting' by Stephen Thompson

It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns — the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter — fans had no reason to expect new music this year.

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Rock & Roots
12:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last by Melissa Block

If you want to learn how to write a song — one that's built to last, with vivid characters and images that plant you squarely inside a scene — listen to .

Songwriters who revere Clark will tell you he crafts songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he builds guitars. But Clark has a simpler, blunter explanation, as he told me with a glint in his eye when I visited him recently at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

"No bull- - - - means no bull- - - -, know what I mean?" Clark says.

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Rock & Roots
12:46 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Song Premiere: The Civil Wars' 'Dust To Dust' Is An Ode To The End

Joy Williams and John Paul White are The Civil Wars, a duo of passionate performers. The first time I saw them perform there were such positive sparks flying between them, but these days . The Civil Wars are about to release a new album — their second and probably their last for a while or perhaps forever ... we shall see. Today we have a new song for you by Joy and John Paul, a ballad called "Dust to Dust."

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Rock & Roots
12:25 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern': Fresh Air

When singer-songwriter Jason Isbell used to get drunk, he'd sometimes tell his then-girlfriend, the musician Amanda Shires, that he needed to quit the bottle — and that if it was going to take, he'd have to go to rehab. Eventually, she said the next time he told her that, she'd hold him to it. And she did. And he went. And, he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "The jury is still out on whether or not it worked, but it worked today and all the days leading up to this."

Initially, he says he was scared about what sobriety would do to his personality and his creativity.

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Rock & Roots
11:59 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Watch The Civil Wars Live Up To Their Name In A Behind The Scenes Video

The Civil Wars are a duo whose interchanges, onstage and on the 2010 debut album Barton Hollow, fascinated fans with their magnetic pull and expressiveness. Joy Williams and John Paul White, singer-songwriters whose own separate careers had stalled at different crossroads, came together by accident and quickly became . Produced by Nashville veteran Charlie Peacock, Barton Hollow rocketed up the iTunes and Billboard charts on the strength of Internet fandom and the pair's spellbinding live performances.

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