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Pinkish Black swings moods like none other. Since 2010, the Fort Worth, Texas, duo has stuck to synths, drums and Daron Beck's Gothic croon without the urge to expand — but it evolves expansively anyway. Bottom Of The Morning , the band's third record, all but abandons Pinkish Black's previous metallic tendencies for the eerie heft of '70s Italian horror-movie soundtracks (think Goblin or Ennio Morricone on a sinister jazz kick). The nine-minute title track runs through a woozy left-hand...

On the release date for his new album, B'lieve I'm Goin Down , Philly rocker Kurt Vile brought together a group of musicians he called the "best of the East Coast and West Coast combined," including drummer Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint , to play a live session for KCRW. It marked the live debut of "Life Like This," a highlight from Vile's most introspective and confident album yet. SET LIST "Life Like This" Watch Kurt Vile's full performance at KCRW.com Copyright 2015 KCRW-FM. To see more,...

It's a relatively controversy-free list of potential inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, although die-hards always find a reason for outrage at inclusions or omissions. Sorry again, fans of Bon Jovi, The Cure. And apparently someone was even rooting for Moby . This year, nods go to eight first-time nominees including new wave band The Cars, soft-rock group Chicago and the Tex-Mex influenced Los Lobos. Cheap Trick and Steve Miller are also under consideration for the first...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJwTSTlpsak It can take years for a musician to discover his or her voice. But in the meantime, they find themselves by discovering the music of other artists. With a wide-ranging catalog spanning 30 years, Yo La Tengo is its own band, but the trio has become just as noted for its huge repertoire of cover songs. Yo La Tengo's new album, Stuff Like That There , features covers from the well-known (Hank Williams, Cat Stevens, The Cure) to the obscure (Antietam,...

Join NPR Music live on Oct. 22 at 8:30 p.m. ET for an NPR Music Presents showcase during the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Please note times are subject to change. Our live video webcast will feature: • Elle Varner (11 p.m. ET) The Grammy- and BET Award-nominated R&B artist, who as the daughter of two songwriters grew up in the music industry, will take the stage to perform tracks from her forthcoming sophomore album, 4 Letter Word . • Lia Ices (10:05 p.m. ET) The singer-songwriter captured a...

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Join NPR Music at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 28, for a live video webcast featuring rock 'n' roll legend Robert Plant and his band. We'll webcast the show from the Nonesuch At BAM music festival in Brooklyn. The former Led Zeppelin singer released a new solo album, titled lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar , earlier this month. Plant's Sensational Space Shifters include Justin Adams (guitar), John Baggott (keyboards), Juldeh Camara (gologo and a one-string West African violin called the riti),...

Robert Plant was just brilliant in Brooklyn on Sept. 28. Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters played a stunning set of music that did what Robert Plant does best: mixing up American blues, British rock, North African rhythms and even some electronica with that voice, still filled with passion after all these years. The set included three songs from his new album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar , including "Little Maggie" with its roots in early American music but also a gorgeous piano...

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Last week in New York City, on the fringe of Times Square, a band of busy artists gathered in a building brimming with songwriting history. The Brill Building's golden age, when songs like "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Be My Baby" were written in its offices, are in the past, but The New Pornographers ' pop music would fit into the mold of that era. You can easily imagine the group's members writing songs in small, secluded rooms to be played on tiny transistors and monophonic record...

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This Is All Yours, in the U.S. on September 23rd, and they're coming to New York City to premiere the new material in an exclusive First Listen Live on Different Radio and NPR Music on September 2nd at 9pm. Since alt-J released its 2012 debut album, An Awesome Wave , one thing has been made very clear: they are a unique band with a sound that is hard to pin down. It’s electronic but somewhat folky , and there are elements of dub, but it’s not exactly dance. At a time when it’s very difficult...

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