Music

1:31pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Tiny Desk Concerts

Sylvan Esso: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 2:47 pm

Morgan McCloy

It's hard to believe that it hasn't quite been a year since the first Sylvan Esso album came out. The odd yet perfect marriage of Nick Sanborn's electronics with Amelia Meath's voice feels like a familiar friend by now. And yet seeing these songs performed softly — and captured in the light of day — made them feel fresh and lovable in new ways.

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10:20am

Mon March 30, 2015
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: BKO Quintet

BKO Quintet.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's World Cafe: Next artist, BKO Quintet, is from the North African nation of Mali. Its album Bamako Today modernizes traditional Malian tunes and originals.

The band calls its music "Trad Actual Malian Sound." But, as you'll hear, it's also got a contemporary feel. In this segment, you can hear and download a couple of songs, including one in which BKO Quintet is joined by vocalist Piers Faccini singing in English.

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6:29am

Mon March 30, 2015
Microphone Check

Jean Grae: 'It's Not Just For Me. It's For You Guys.'

Originally published on

Jean Grae in Brooklyn.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

5:37am

Sun March 29, 2015
Music

Courtney Barnett Talks Songwriting And Shyness

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

Courtney Barnett.
Courtesy of the artist

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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5:26am

Sun March 29, 2015
Music Interviews

Big Data: Dance Floor Jams For The Cyber-Paranoid

Originally published on Sun March 29, 2015 8:33 am

Alan Wilkis is the founder of the electronic act Big Data.
Courtesy of the artist

The electronic act Big Data made its opening salvo to the music world in 2013 with a single called "Dangerous." The lyrics, which exuded digital-age fears about privacy and surveillance, couldn't have been further in tone from the hard-grooving, extremely danceable music — and that, says founder Alan Wilkis, was precisely the point.

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