Music

1:54pm

Fri June 8, 2012
World Cafe

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 9:36 am

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Myles Pettengill

A band's sound is only as big as its members, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' music is huge. The 10 members are a whirl of roving horns, as well as whistles, claps, shouts, strummed string instruments and percussion involving drums, hands and anything else they can find. The group's communal folk sound blew up in 2009 with the heart-pounding, foot-stomping single "Home"; with its universal sentiment, the song includes a back-and-forth between frontman Alex Ebert and bandmate Jade Castrinos.

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11:12am

Fri June 8, 2012
The Two-Way

LISTEN: NPR Hosts, Reporters Take On 'Call Me Maybe'

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 8:48 am

Carly Rae Jepsen.
Vanessa Heins Courtesy of the artist

It could very well end up being the song of this summer. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," a sunny pop song about a nascent crush, is No. 2 on the pop charts and No. 1 on iTunes.

But, perhaps the bigger sign that it has just crept everywhere is when someone on the Internet mashes up a President Obama remix.

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1:50am

Fri June 8, 2012
The Record

A Record Label With A Midas Touch

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:43 pm

Adele performs in February.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

In the past 15 years, Richard Russell, the owner of the British independent record company XL Recordings, has shepherded his label to more than its fair share of industry success.

Last year the label saw its greatest heights yet, though to be fair, no other label climbed anywhere near as high. That's because 2011 was the year of Adele, and XL is the singer's home. (In the United States, Adele's albums are promoted and distributed by Columbia Records, but she is signed to XL worldwide.)

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3:54pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Music Reviews

Music Review: 'Can You Canoe'

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

For many kids, summer means no homework, playing outdoors and, of course, traveling. Our children's music reviewer, Stefan Shepherd, tells us about a new album inspired by a trip down America's original interstate highway.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAN YOU CANOE?")

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1:53pm

Thu June 7, 2012
World Cafe

Spiritualized On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 9:20 am

Jason Pierce of Spiritualized.
Courtesy of the artist

Sweet Heart Sweet Light, the new album by the English space-rock band Spiritualized, was recorded while frontman Jason Pierce was undergoing chemotherapy for liver disease. Pierce set out to craft the record as a clear-cut pop record in between hospital stays, and though he says he isn't convinced he succeeded, most of the album is composed of could-be Top 10 radio hits from the early '70s.

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