All Songs Considered
4:09 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Question Of The Day: Top Five Bands That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are?

Five Eight giving yet another one of its many memorable live performances.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 3:48 pm

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The Record
2:30 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Dance Music Looks Beyond EDM And Hopes The Crowd Will Follow

Richie Hawtin performs at Moogfest in Asheville, N.C. on Friday, October 26. Hawtin's CNTRL: Beyond EDM tour with Loco Dice is scheduled to launch this week.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 6:46 pm

It's 4:30 in the morning in Washington, D.C., and dank pools of sweat are collecting on the dance floor beneath a dripping basement ceiling. I can see Sonny Moore's heart beating through his shirt. The 24-year-old DJ, whose producing alias, Skrillex, is a major keyword for the new wave of American dance music, just wrapped up an intimate surprise show at U Street Music Hall (my local gateway to electronic music and a place where I also DJ from time to time).

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The Mix
2:20 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Mix: Beyond EDM

Detroit techno artist Carl Craig plays the Orange Peel at Moogfest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 10:14 am

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There's no question about it: EDM has launched electronic music to unprecedented levels of popularity in the United States. Arena Rock has given way to Arena Rave and promoters and DJs are raking in millions of dollars. But those dazzling stage productions and two-story subwoofers didn't just drop out of the sky: Before EDM, there was dubstep; before dubstep, there was electro house; before that there was big beat and so on and so on. Electronic dance music has been picking up speed for more than three decades.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:02 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Composer Hans Werner Henze Remembered

Late composer and conductor Hans Werner Henze, circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive Getty Images

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:03 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Passion Pit: Tiny Desk Concert

Passion Pit performs on Tiny Desk on Oct. 15.
Ryan Smith Ryan Smith/NPR

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:21 am

Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos is a fussy sonic craftsman: A keyboardist and singer who started out working solo on his laptop, he now makes fizzily catchy electro-pop that orbits around monster hooks. He's not, in other words, the first musician you'd associate with a stripped-down performance behind NPR Music's Tiny Desk, where Technicolor production tends to give way to unfiltered voices and bare instrumental essentials.

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