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3:25 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Liars: Laying Down An Ominous Groove

Liars perform on The Current.
Nate Ryan

The career of the experimental rock trio Liars has been defined by nomadic wanderings, both geographically and sonically. Formed in L.A., the trio relocated to Brooklyn, then to rural New Jersey, and eventually to Berlin, before returning to L.A.

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Music Reviews
2:33 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Fat Boys: A Hip-Hop Novelty Act Strikes Back

The Fat Boys in 1990. Left to right: Damon "Kool Rock-Ski" Wimbley, Darren "Buff Love" Robinson and Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales.
Ebet Roberts Redferns

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 9:33 am

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World Cafe
2:18 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Kat Edmonson On World Cafe

Kat Edmonson.
Courtesy of the artist

Texas native Kat Edmonson possesses astonishing vocal control: She glides effortlessly between tones, and can move from a lilting falsetto to a raspy growl with ease. Her debut album, 2009's Take to the Sky, finds her exploring the roots of classic pop and jazz songs — an approach she continues on its sequel, this year's Way Down Low.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:02 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

'Oh We've Got A Bigger Dressing Room Than The Puppets, That's Refreshing'

The members of Grand Funk Railroad, Don Brewer (drums), guitarists Mel Schacher (right) and Mark Farner play at a free concert in London's Hyde Park in 1971.
Popperfoto Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:42 pm

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. That old expression came to mind when I read the headline of a recent press release:

'Grand Funk Railroad, Boston, Kansas at Aberdeen Proving Ground, August 11'

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Music
12:14 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Boban i Marko Markovic: Irresistible Party Music

Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar performs onstage in 2008.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

A dozen years ago, if someone told me that one of the liveliest, most inventive party albums of the year would come from a band originally associated with wedding celebrations and beer festivals, I would have been all, "Yeah, sure, you bet." If it was further explained that the band's roots were much closer to polka than rock, funk or hip-hop, I would have responded, "Don't push it." But nowadays, I'm familiar with the Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, whose retrospective Golden Horns will lighten the heart and lift the feet as surely as anything you'll hear in 2012.

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