Music Interviews

12:03am

Fri July 11, 2014
Music Interviews

Miranda Lambert And The Soft Side Of Tough

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 7:57 am

Miranda Lambert.
Courtesy of the artist

Miranda Lambert has painted herself as one of country music's bad girls: Whether it's solo or with her trio Pistol Annies, she's got a deep catalog of songs about revenge, guns, cigarettes and beer. But her new album, Platinum, shows a more vulnerable side.

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8:10am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Record

All The Rage

York Factory Complaint's Ryan Martin (left) and vocalist Michael Berdan.
Gillian Bowling Courtesy of the artist

Are you fed up with viral marketing, hype cycles and the 24/7 onslaught of social media? Are you resisting the urge to stop worrying and love the photobomb? Are you of two minds on the hive mind? Then you have a kindred spirit in York Factory Complaint, the Brooklyn duo of Ryan Martin and Michael Berdan. The two underground music stalwarts aren't shy about their frustration with society's trajectory, and their conviction is infectious, even inspirational, on the forthcoming album Lost In The Spectacle, one of 2014's best extreme records.

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3:21am

Mon July 7, 2014
Music Interviews

How To Create A Song: Lake Street Dive Style

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:14 am

Lake Street Dive's new album is Bad Self Portraits.
Jarrod McCabe Courtesy of the artist

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're hearing throughout today's program from Lake Street Dive. The music group has two men, two women, and we'll talk here with them about how to create a song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU GO DOWN SMOOTH")

LAKE STREET DIVE: (Singing) Would it be true to say that I ordered you? Or was it you that ordered me?

INSKEEP: Like this one. They use jazz instrumentation, more or less - trumpet, stand-up bass, guitar, some drums, voice. They play pop and soul, and draw big following.

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1:21am

Mon July 7, 2014
Music

Lake Street Dive And The Chemistry Of Harmony

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:23 pm

Lake Street Dive's latest album is Bad Self Portraits.
Jarrod McCabe Courtesy of the artist

Lake Street Dive is two men and two women, all in the neighborhood of 30, who met at the New England Conservatory of Music. As a group they use jazz instrumentation, more or less — trumpet, stand-up bass, guitar, some drums — but they play pop and soul, and draw a big following doing it. In fact, a video of them performing on a Boston street corner has been viewed more than 2 million times.

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6:29am

Sat July 5, 2014
Music

A Former Megadeth Guitarist's Journey To Japanese Pop

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 9:51 pm

Guitarist Marty Friedman was known as a shredder when he was with Megadeth, but says he needed more happy music in his life.
Takaaki Henmi Courtesy of the artist

Are there genres of music that are simply too far apart for any one musician to hold onto them both at same time?

If anyone knows, it might be Marty Friedman.

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