Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Wed April 9, 2014

KEXP Presents: The War On Drugs

The War on Drugs performs live in the KEXP studios.
Renata Steiner Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:16 pm

His band's new album is called Lost in the Dream, but The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel sounds like he's just woken up from one. While it's only the band's third record since forming nine years ago, Lost in the Dream is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessors: Granduciel transforms his ambient, oft-meandering Americana into grander and more propulsive arrangements that are no less exploratory. Like private songs writ large, they reach their full intensity in the hands of his entire band.

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Music Articles
2:34 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.
University of Pennsylvania

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 1:08 pm

Seventy-five years ago, on April 9, 1939, as Hitler's troops advanced in Europe and the Depression took its toll in the U.S., one of the most important musical events of the 20th century took place on the National Mall in Washington. There, just two performers, a singer and a pianist, made musical — and social — history.

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Music Reviews
3:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Album Review: 'Libation'

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars take their name from the documentary film that featured them in 2005.
Zach Smith Courtesy of Press Junkie

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:26 am

Years since two filmmakers discovered a group of musicians in a Guinea refugee camp, that group — Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars — continues to make new music. Banning Eyre says their latest album is guaranteed to make you smile.

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Mountain Stage
1:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mollie O'Brien And Rich Moore On Mountain Stage

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:39 pm

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary with an appearance by singer Mollie O'Brien and guitarist Rich Moore.

Making her 18th appearance on the show, O'Brien is described by host Larry Groce as one of the most talented artists to appear on the show's stage. "Of the nearly 2,000 guests who have appeared on the show, O'Brien is perhaps the best singer we've ever had," he says.

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All Songs TV
1:03 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

First Watch: Sweet Apple, 'Boys In Her Fanclub'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:36 am

The Golden Age of Glitter is out now on Tee Pee Records. Sweet Apple features members of Dinosaur Jr. (J Mascis on drums), Cobra Verde and Witch.