Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:02 pm
We're thrilled to announce that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been added to the bill for our official South by Southwest showcase on March 13. The band joins Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for the concert, which will be broadcast on NPR stations across the country and streamed live as a video webcast here from Stubb's in Austin, Texas. The concert will also appear in the NPR Music apps.
Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 11:03 am
For his first solo project, Former Lives, singer-songwriter Benjamin Gibbard explores ideas that didn't fit onto records he's written for Death Cab for Cutie or the recently reunited Postal Service. Performing solo for this session, Gibbard shared favorites like "Teardrop Windows" and gave us a peek into his songwriting process during an interview.
Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 9:54 am
An enormous cache of explosive material turned up this week in Gao, one of the northern Malian cities retaken by French and Malian troops. There are varying reports on its complexity and size, but the Associated Press reports the French military pulled about 1,700 pounds of explosive material out of a single building.
Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 1:08 pm
It might not be surprising that a recent poll revealed that George Clooney was the winner in a U.K. poll asking people who would make the best Valentine's Day date.
But things take a turn when you learn that the organization asking the question was Madame Tussauds. Yep — the "choose your dream date" question came straight from the wax museum people. The winner was George Clooney, so they stuck him out in the street, sitting on a sofa, so people could snuggle up to him.
Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 2:38 am
In what's become one of the most anticipated showcases at the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, NPR Music and partner public radio stations presented a can't-miss night of performances on March 13 at Stubb's. The official showcase was available on air, online and on mobile to audiences worldwide, in a broadcast on NPR member stations across the country, and live video stream here and in the NPR Music apps.
Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 9:03 am
"Girdles and red nail polish and intestinal cleansing and bar fights and sewer pipes and wiretaps and eternal life and decay all around. It was insanity. It was outrageous. It was a reporter's wet dream. Where the hell was I?
"I paid the bill and left.
"The sign outside said DETROIT CITY LIMITS."
The corrupt, crime-addled Detroit of Charlie LeDuff's new memoir, Detroit: An American Autopsy, isn't the same city that I left a month ago.
Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:10 am
This fall, to mark the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter's arrival in the U.S., trade paperback versions of the Harry Potter series are getting new covers.
The art comes from Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novels and the comics anthology Flight. Scholastic rolled out the first cover today, for the first book, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.
But don't fret — the original art from Mary GrandPre will still be on the hardcovers.