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  • First Word: Moses Sumney Walks Us Through His Sonic Dreamscape, 'Aromanticism'

    Enlarge this image Moses Sumney, Aromanticism Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of the artist The first time I saw the soulful singer Moses Sumney was in a church in Iceland. The Los Angeles-based singer was laying down loops with his guitar and the sounds that day made and the songs that he sang had me eager to hear an entire album from this talented man.In the three year's since then he's played with James Blake, Sufjan Stevens Solange and David Byrne. He's also about to release his first album called Aromanticism, and his maturity and thoughtfulness throughout its 11 songs made it worth the wait.I wanted to try something different for the release of Aromanticism, so Moses Sumney and I listened to the whole record together, nonstop, and as the record played we had a conversation inspired by what we heard. He was in New York, I was in Washington, D.C. When I hit the first cut, called "Man On The Moon (Reprise)," a fascinating ...

  • World Cafe Nashville: The Lone Bellow

    Enlarge this image The Lone Bellow Courtesy of the artist hide captiontoggle caption Courtesy of the artist "Deeper In The Water""Time's Always Leaving" "Feather""May You Be Well"Some people float through change; others aggressively swim. Still others find themselves deeply challenged to find ways to follow a current that can carry them to a safe shore. The Lone Bellow, the Brooklyn-born trio of Zach Williams, Kanene Donehy Pipkin and Brian Elmquist, negotiated many changes while making its third album, Walk into a Storm. Babies were born; a close friend of the band committed suicide. One member sought and found a way to deal with alcohol addiction. In the midst of these personal challenges, The Lone Bellow's members realized they also had to shake up their sound – and the entire band relocated to the members' native South, settling in the musicians' enclave of East Nashville.Working with producer-slash-artist-whisperer ...

  • Lido Pimienta Takes The Polaris Prize Over Leonard Cohen, Feist

    Enlarge this image Lido Pimienta. Photo courtesy of Alejandro Santiago hide captiontoggle caption Photo courtesy of Alejandro Santiago "It's pretty amazing what you can do when people are not watching," said the classically trained, Toronto-based, and Colombia-born singer and producer Lido Pimienta of the creative process behind her album La Papessa, the freshly named winner of this year's Polaris Prize. The prize, which includes $50,000, is intended to recognize the "best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation."After an evening to process her win, Pimiento wrote on Twitter that the "outpouring of love is overwhelming. Daze and confusion persist. I'll write more thanks after I drop my son at school ok?"La Papessa (High Priestess) — a swirling commingling of dense electronic production, Latin rhythms and swells of Pimiento's precise, thunderous voice — overcame strong competition from short-listed ...

  • Lady Gaga Reveals She Has Fibromyalgia, Postpones European Tour Dates

    Enlarge this image Singer Lady Gaga at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 8. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images Last Tuesday, pop megastar Lady Gaga revealed on Twitter that she suffers from a debilitating disorder called fibromyalgia. Today, the singer shared more about her struggle on her social media, and the concert company Live Nation announced that Gaga will be postponing the European leg of her "Joanne" tour.Gaga shared her diagnosis in advance of the premiere of Gaga: Five Foot Two, a Netflix documentary debuting on Sept. 22 which touches upon her struggles with chronic pain.Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is characterized by symptoms including chronic muscle pain and often-debilitating fatigue. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 5 million American adults have fibromyalgia — and between 80 and 90 percent of those affected are ...

  • Shocking Omissions: Matana Roberts' Sublime And Triumphant 'River Run Thee'

    Enlarge this image Ranging from mystic drone to explosive free jazz, Roberts digs into the dirt along the spiritual roots of American blues, jazz, rock and more on Coin Coin Chapter Three: Run River Thee. Matthew Eisman/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Matthew Eisman/Getty Images This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums By Women.Consider the forest. A single tree might not look like much: bark, branches, leaves. But underneath is a dense network of roots, curling in a life-giving mass. The newest twigs are connected to those roots, reaching to the heavens while always attached to the past. And those roots intertwine with their neighbors, weaving networks of unimaginable complexity, echoed when leafy fingers intersect in search of the light. Suddenly that singular tree doesn't feel so singular, and yet also crystallizes into a unique, living entity. This duality must ...

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