Music

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1:41 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Jens Lekman: Positively Negative

Jens Lekman performs on opbmusic.org.
opbmusic.org

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:46 pm

A native of Gothenberg, Sweden, Jens Lekman has never been one to take songwriting inspiration from the usual sources — he's shown a knack for taking unlikely subjects like drive-in bingo parlors and Rocky Dennis and infusing them with wit and romance.

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A Blog Supreme
1:24 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader, Has Died

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.
Morris Schaefer Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 5:12 pm

Bob French, an iconic New Orleans drummer who led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band for decades, died Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. He was 74.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:55 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: The Versatile Sound Of Vivian Fung

Composer Vivian Fung's new album embraces the influence of John Cage and introduces her own versatile sound.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 4:41 pm

There are those who consider John Cage to be one of America's most important avant-garde composers, and consequently the recent flurry of celebrations and album releases honoring what would have been his 100th birthday continues. On the other hand, many conservative listeners tend to dismiss his pieces as preposterous gimmickry, rendering the performers little more than Foley artists.

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All Songs Considered
6:02 am
Tue November 13, 2012

First Watch: Bjork, 'Mutual Core (Remix)'

Nick and Warren Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:02 pm

Which thing is true?

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All Songs Considered
5:01 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Song Premiere: Ra Ra Riot, 'Beta Love'

Ra Ra Riot.
Shervin Lainez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 9:46 am

Ra Ra Riot has experienced constant change in its six-year existence, from commercial success and an aborted label deal to the 2007 death of drummer John Pike. But the band's sound has never shifted as radically as it does on its new album, Beta Love, which comes out Jan. 22. With the departure of cellist Alexandra Lawn — there's that constant change again — Ra Ra Riot shifts gears once more, dialing down the string arrangements in favor of a more synth-driven sound.

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