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11:18 am
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: The Delfonics, 'Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics'

Adrian Younge (left) and William Hart. Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics comes out March 12.
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Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:48 pm

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Political Junkie
11:17 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Who's 'Right' — CPAC Or Chris Christie?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives details on his 2014 state budget in Trenton, N.J., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
Rich Schultz AP

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:38 pm

For a city that thrives on huge controversies and breathtaking tremors, perhaps last week's mini-squabble over whether or not to invite Chris Christie to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later this month is not what you would call a big deal. But the decision — not to invite him — says something about the conservative movement ... and what defines a conservative.

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The Record
11:17 am
Mon March 4, 2013

How One Band Turned A Ghost Town Into A Giant Recording Studio

Part of the abandoned mining apparatus in the town of Piramida.
Courtesy of Efterklang

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 12:02 pm

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First Listen
11:16 am
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: Dave Grohl & Friends, 'Sound City: Real To Reel'

Sound City: Real to Reel, the soundtrack to a new documentary directed by Dave Grohl, comes out March 12.
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Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 1:23 pm

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A documentary directed by Foo Fighters frontman, Nirvana drummer and musical everyman Dave Grohl, Sound City: Real to Reel is an exuberant ode to rock 'n' roll, told through the story of Sound City Studios and its custom analog console.

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First Listen
11:16 am
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: Devendra Banhart, 'Mala'

Devendra Banhart's new album, Mala, comes out March 12.
Ana Kras Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 9:08 am

For a guy who gets tagged with a lot of limiting descriptors — "freak folk," "hippie" and so forth — Devendra Banhart doesn't like to let his music sit in any spot for long. His catalog, which now includes seven official albums, has taken him through warmly intimate ballads, raw and unselfconsciously strange home recordings, songs in several languages (Banhart spent much of his childhood in Venezuela), a lot of smoothly strummy folk-pop and the occasional low-key anthem about free-spiritedness.

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First Listen
11:15 am
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: Phosphorescent, 'Muchacho'

Phosphorescent's new album, Muchacho, comes out March 19.
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Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:45 am

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An Alabama native now based in Brooklyn, Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck sings with wryly weary raggedness to suit his late-at-night laments. Even when their arrangements feel grand and fleshed-out, epic and searching, Houck's best songs come off like intimate conversations with a confidante — wise and soft, and warmed by experience.

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First Listen
11:14 am
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: Marnie Stern, 'The Chronicles Of Marnia'

Marnie Stern's new album, The Chronicles of Marnia, comes out March 19.
Michael Benabib Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 7:43 am

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When people talk about Marnie Stern, they generally focus on her guitar playing. This is understandable; like Eddie Van Halen, she's an adept fingertapper, creating blindingly fast riffs that float like bubbles, even as they speed along at Malmsteenian notes-per-second. But the focus on her artistry elides the fact that her music is wonderfully human. It creates joy from the act of creating.

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The Two-Way
11:14 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Obama To Nominate Sylvia Burwell Of Walmart Foundation As Budget Chief

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 7:35 pm

On Monday, President Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, currently head of the Walmart Foundation, as his next budget director, a White House official said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Burwell would take over the Office of Management and Budget during a time of intense budget debates between the administration and Republicans in Congress.

The Associated Press has more on Burwell:

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
11:14 am
Mon March 4, 2013

More on Beyonce and Science - Aristotle Chimes In.

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 2:43 pm

So, last tuesday I explained why (in my humble opinion) the pop diva Beyoncé provided us with a nice example of overlap between Science and Art. In particular, I was thinking that, even though Beyoncé is not producing sonnets that will be read in 1000 years, she provides an example of a dedication to craft and excellence that is what scientists (at their best) also expect from themselves (minus the thumping beats — bummer).

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From Our Listeners
11:13 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction Readings: 'Three Little Words' And 'The Escape'

Originally published on Sun March 3, 2013 3:35 pm

NPR's Bob Mondello and Tamara Keith read selections from Round 10 of our Three-Minute Fiction contest. Sunday's stories are "The Escape" by Lisa Turano of Asheville, N.C., and "Three Little Words" by Rick Hodges of Arlington, Va. Read the full stories below and see other submissions and past winners on our Three-Minute Fiction page.

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