All Songs Considered Blog
1:59 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Second Stage: Vows, 'Winter's Grave'

Courtesy of the artist

Vows' debut album Winter's Grave arrived to NPR folded carefully in a worn piece of paper xeroxed with hand-drawn artwork. True to it's packaging, Winter's Grave is delicately hand-crafted rather then sloppily home-spun.

Vows is a dreamy, atmospheric band with pop sensibilities from a small town in New Jersey. The album's title track has a satisfying blend of enchanting and eerie sounds. It opens with a vibrant riff that rattles over synth keys but slips into dissonant, creepy organ sounds.

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1:38 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Live From Tanglewood: The Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:59 am

Seventy-five years ago, an American institution was born: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a cultural mecca to arts lovers and the musical refuge for generations of young artists.

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Mountain Stage
1:33 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

The David Mayfield Parade On Mountain Stage

The David Mayfield Parade on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

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The Record
11:48 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Adulthood Can Wait: Why Justin Beiber's 'Believe' Works

He's Only Eighteen: Justin Bieber's new album, Believe, is his fourth to hold the No. 1 spot on the Billboard album chart.
Ben Watts Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:38 pm

The way people are talking about Justin Bieber's newly minted No. 1 album, Believe — and the transition into adulthood it's meant to represent for the young star — you'd think that he were being prepped for a monarch's throne or the Dalai Lama's robes, not a long career in pop.

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A Blog Supreme
11:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

A Cirque Du Soleil For The Senses: Five Jazz Groups From Montreal

L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus' latest album, L'âge du cuivre, was just nominated for a Juno Award.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:04 pm

C'est la saison de jazz à Montreal! Starting Thursday night and running through next weekend, Francophone Canada's cultural metropolis hosts its grand prix: the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The self-proclaimed "largest jazz festival in the world" casts a musical spell over the city, across 10 outdoor stages, 15 concert halls and clubs galore with more than 1,000 shows.

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