Thu August 21, 2014
The Record

A Rational Conversation: Do We Really Need A Rock Festival?

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:34 am

No Age performing at FYF Fest at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in August 2013.
Mike Windle Getty Images for FYF

"A Rational Conversation" is a column by writer Eric Ducker in which he gets on instant messenger or the phone with a special guest to examine a music-related subject that's entered the pop culture consciousness.

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Tue August 19, 2014
Microphone Check

The Underachievers: 'We're Still Young'

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:52 pm

AK (left) and Issa of The Underachievers onstage at SXSW in 2013.
Sean Mathis Getty Images for SXSW)


Mon August 18, 2014
World Cafe

World Cafe Next: Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson.
Courtesy of the artist

Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is a singer-songwriter from Eastern Kentucky named Sturgill Simpson. Earlier this year he self-released his second album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. He has called it a "social consciousness" concept album disguised as a country record. That may be, but there is no disguising Sturgill's amazing voice and the songwriting on this record.

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Mon August 18, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Pacifica Quartet performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

With this Tiny Desk Concert by the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet, we have the opportunity to explore the world of a single composer. With the arguable exception of Béla Bartók's six string quartets, it's generally accepted that the 15 by Dmitri Shostakovich are the strongest body of quartets since Beethoven.

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Sun August 17, 2014

The Man Who Was Gene Ween, Back From The Bottom

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 7:59 am

Aaron Freeman, formerly known as Gene Ween, released the debut record with his new band, simply called Freeman, this July.
Courtesy of the artist

Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo grew up in New Hope, Pa., and quickly became friends, bonding over their love of music one day in the eighth grade.

"I remember going to his house and he was writing, you know, these punk-rock riffs," Freeman says. "I just started screaming into the mic onto a cheap tape recorder cassette, and that was it."

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