Mon June 11, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

Daniel Johnston: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 8:47 am

Claire O'Neill NPR

Daniel Johnston is a troubled soul with a talent for writing honest, disarmingly direct songs. Kurt Cobain famously wore a T-shirt with the title of a Johnston cassette on it, while Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips ranks among his many musical admirers. M.

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Mon June 11, 2012
Music Interviews

The Tallest Man On Earth: Tired Of Running

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 9:11 am

There's No Leaving Now, Kristian Matsson's newest album as The Tallest Man on Earth, comes out Tuesday.
Courtesy of the artist

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson performs as The Tallest Man on Earth. That's just his stage name, though: Matsson himself stands at about 5 feet 7. His new album, There's No Leaving Now, comes out Tuesday.

Matsson has been praised as a poet, and is frequently compared to Bob Dylan. He often sings about nature, inspired by the scenery near his home in Falun, Sweden.

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Sun June 10, 2012
Music Interviews

Fiona Apple: 'I Don't Really Have A Plan'

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 5:43 pm

Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel..., Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years.
Dan Monick

It's been seven years since Fiona Apple has released a new album. The singer-songwriter, who broke out in 1996 with Tidal, says the delay is a quirk of her creative process.

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Sun June 10, 2012
The Record

Usher's Classic R&B Dances On The Cutting Edge

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:42 pm

On Looking 4 Myself, Usher's seventh studio album, the singer works with producers to cloak classic R&B in cutting-edge sounds.
Francesco Carrozzini Courtesy of the artist


Sat June 9, 2012
Marc On The Blues

Nine O'clock Blues: Elvin Bishop

In 2005, Gettin' My Groove Back, was the first new studio album from Elvin Bishop in five years.
Blind Pig Records

Elvin Bishop has been a power on the blues scene since his stint with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the mid-1960s.

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