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  • Fever Ray Teases First New Music In Eight Years

    [embedded content]YouTubeAdvisory: The above video contains language that some may find offensive.Karin Dreijer-Andersson likes to play; the pitch-shifted vocals found on Fever Ray's self-titled 2009 debut forced questions of authorship, voice and beauty through ritualistic electro-pop.Outside of and after that record, her experimental approach to — well, everything — has been clear. There's that one time Fever Ray accepted an award while gurgling through a melted face mask. Her sibling duo The Knife recently announced a live DVD with a pair of surreal knife demonstrations. And, as of yesterday, she has a Swedish phone number for lonely singles ("Karma Kinksters") that you can call where someone gargles veiled threats, then shouts before you hear the beep to leave a message. (I know, I called and am still confused/delighted.)Something's up! And now there's a minute-long teaser video with new music on Fever Ray's YouTube channel. "Sadist, empathetic switch seeks same," reads the onscreen text. "For hours and hours of sharing: ideas, skin warmth, breath, politics, dreams, and body ...

  • Pink's New Album Inspired By Life's Beauty And Trauma

    On her latest album, Pink, aka Alecia Moore, sings about the beauty and trauma of life. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Moore about her new album, Beautiful Trauma. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: The f-word word is bleeped at approximately 0:45.MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Finally today, she's gotten us pumped up for parties, consoled us through breakups, encouraged the misfits, made the meek feel strong. For close to 20 years now, Pink has offered songs that are honest, sometimes heartbreaking but always fun.(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SO WHAT")PINK: (Singing) Na-na-na-na (ph), na-na na, I want to start a fight. So so what? I'm still a rockstar. I got my rock moves. And I don't need you.MARTIN: She's kept up the tradition with her latest album, her seventh. It's called "Beautiful Trauma."(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA")PINK: (Singing) 'Cause I've been on the run so long, they can't find me. You waking up to remember I'm pretty. And when the chemicals leave my body, yeah, they're going to find me in a hotel lobby 'cause tough times, they keep coming, all night laughing and [expletive]. Some days ...

  • Barbershop: U.S. Men's Soccer Loss, Boy Scouts And Eminem

    The U.S. men's soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup, the Boy Scouts are letting girls join their ranks and Eminem has a bone to pick with the president. CNN's AJ Willingham, The Guardian's Les Carpenter and columnist Gustavo Arellano discuss.MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now it's time for the Barbershop. That's where we gather interesting folks to talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. Sitting in the chairs for a shapeup today are Les Carpenter. He is a writer for The Guardian, and he's with us from our studios in Washington, D.C. Les, welcome. Thanks for joining us.LES CARPENTER: Welcome. Thank you.MARTIN: All right. Also with us, writer and journalist Gustavo Arellano. He's known for his nationally syndicated column "Ask A Mexican" and his book "Taco Usa: How Mexican Food Conquered America." He's with us from KUCI in Irvine, Calif. Gustavo, welcome back.GUSTAVO ARELLANO: Hola, Michel.MARTIN: And welcome back to CNN writer AJ Willingham, who joins us from WCLK in Atlanta. AJ, good to have you back with us as well.AJ WILLINGHAM: Good afternoon, Michel.MARTIN: ...

  • In 'Beside Bowie,' Sideman Mick Ronson Takes The Foreground

    Enlarge this image Mick Ronson onstage in 1975. Filmmaker John Brewer hopes his documentary Beside Bowie will earn the late guitarist a place in the rock and roll canon. Michael Putland/Getty Images hide captiontoggle caption Michael Putland/Getty Images A new documentary film celebrates the life of the late guitarist Mick Ronson. Never heard of him? Starting in 1969, he was David Bowie's onstage and in-studio foil, arranger and co-producer. The film, called Beside Bowie, makes the case that Ronson deserves equal credit for Bowie's rise to superstardom — but never got it before his death from liver cancer in 1993.The very first voice you hear in the film belongs to David Bowie — it's a voice-over he recorded for the documentary before his death last year. Bowie describes his first encounter with his future sidekick in the film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars."I started playing some of my songs on a 12-string, and ...

  • A Look At Eminem's Anti-Trump Rap

    On Tuesday, rapper Eminem attacked President Trump in a four minute freestyle. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to NPR's hip-hop writer Rodney Carmichael about the significance of Eminem's anti-trump rap.KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The rapper Eminem made some news this week when he showed up on the BET Hip Hop Awards Tuesday night for a performance aimed at a very specific target. For four and a half minutes, Eminem railed against President Trump from every angle - his policies, his looks, his tweets. Eminem called it "The Storm."(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)EMINEM: (Rapping) From his endorsement of Bannon, support for the Klansmen, Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that's black and comes home from Iraq and is still told to go back to Africa - fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors.MCEVERS: And Rodney Carmichael of NPR Music is with us to talk about this now. Hey there.RODNEY CARMICHAEL, BYLINE: Hey, Kelly. How you doing?MCEVERS: I'm good. So what did you think when you first heard this?CARMICHAEL: I mean, I was ...

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