Hear Yo La Tengo perform five new songs from Fade, plus a cover of The Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around,” at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
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Music writer Laina Dawes is a die-hard Judas Priest fan. She’s all about the band’s loud and fast guitars, the piercing vocals — and she loves to see the group perform live.
Now, a fact that shouldn’t matter: Dawes is a black woman. This, she says, can make things uncomfortable on the metal scene. She says she’s been verbally harassed and told she’s not welcome.
As we hurl ourselves ungracefully into the digital swill, we’re finding different ways to be heavy at a rate faster than Mick Barr shreds guitar strings. NPR’s Lars Gotrich lists his top 10 metal albums of the year, from straight-up death metal to a bluegrass ‘n’ black metal hybrid (really!).
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Download 10 songs from public radio’s favorite new artists of the year, including THEEsatisfaction, John Fullbright, Lord Huron and more.
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Protip: If you’re going to make a mixtape for a special someone, DO NOT INCLUDE “EVERY BREATHE YOU TAKE.”
For the record, I have always been pretty damn sure to try my best not to deliver an incorrect message or be a creeper when I make mixtapes.
I make a lot of mixtapes for varying reasons. I’m fucking good at it, too.
Hear 17 Fleetwood Mac covers by an impressive cross-section of talent, including The New Pornographers, Antony Hegarty, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Washed Out, MGMT, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, St. Vincent, The Kills, Tame Impala and more.