There was a scene at this year's Sasquatch music festival that truly caught me off guard. I went to see Foster the People — I'd heard a few of the band's songs, and we'd posted "Pumped Up Kicks" on the All Songs Considered blog last summer — but I'd missed how many people had fallen in love with the group. The greeting Foster the People received felt like a homecoming.
Tim Robbins, the actor, screenwriter, director and activist, now adds "musician" to his already-impressive roster of successes. He has just released a self-titled record from his band, Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, which was produced by Hal Wilner, former producer of Saturday Night Live.
Numerous benefit concerts are planned both nationally and here in Colorado to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. KUNC’s Peter Johnson explores some the musical choices that range from defiant Beethoven, to reflective spiritual works, to musical Americana.
City and Colour is the alias of Canadian Dallas Green, a Juno Award recipient who is known for his work with the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire. He released his first solo record in 2005 under the name City and Colour, a spinoff of his own name: Dallas, a city, and Green, a color. (Maybe he created this moniker to dispel any confusion that might arise for baseball fans — Green was named for the former Philadelphia Phillies manager, whose team won the World Series around the time Green was born.)
Audio Only: King Creosote and John Hopkins' Tiny Desk Concert
At the risk of serving up a spoiler three months in advance, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins' Diamond Mine is going to turn up near the top of many Best Albums of 2011 lists on this website. The breathless love isn't unanimous across the NPR Music staff, but it's widespread and intense, and rightfully so.