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The celebrated Brooklyn four-piece Grizzly Bear has released another new song, "Mourning Sound," and given the upcoming album from which it's taken a name and a release date: Painted Ruins will be out on August 18. It's the band's first since Shields in 2012.

Mitch Teich

The old maxim goes that looks can be deceiving.  In the case of singer-songwriter Carmel Mikol's new album, sounds can be deceiving as well.

T Sisters On Mountain Stage

May 17, 2017

The Oakland, Calif., sibling trio T Sisters makes its debut on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio. Sisters Chloe, Rachel and Erika Tietjen grew up with a steady musical diet of folk sing-a-longs (with their dad at the piano) and "jock jams" (their mother was an aerobics instructor), but they fell in love with Appalachian roots later in life. In recent years, the women have made a name for themselves on the festival circuit with their close-knit harmonies and happy-go-poppy take on traditional Americana.

The Thistle And Shamrock: Celtic Piano

May 17, 2017

In the right hands, the driving rhythms of fiddle music and the ornamentations of Celtic pipes and harp all dance freely on piano keys. Join us for a trip to the heart of Celtic piano music, featuring artists like Antoni O'Breskey and Micháel Ó Súilleabháin.

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There's a lot of heart in every project Maryn Jones touches. Her lyrics – which evince struggles with self-doubt and depression, and a penchant for self-reliance – are graceful and introspective. And her voice is powerfully expressive, whether combined with the muscular, fuzzy guitars of All Dogs – the indie punk band she fronts — or providing delicate harmonies for Saintseneca, the folk-rock group of which she's a member.

Browse through some turn-of-the-century American cookbooks, and it's obvious that popular tastes have changed (such as the presence of fried cornmeal mush and the absence of cilantro). But more striking than the shift in flavors and ingredients is the focus on feeding those who are sick — or, to use the parlance of the time, "cooking for invalids."

Workers removed another high-profile Confederate monument in New Orleans overnight, lifting a statue of Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard on horseback from its spot at the entrance of City Park. One more statue remains to be taken down, of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Let's get this out of the way: The best part of The Golden Cockerel and Other Writings is not the title piece. In his introduction, translator Douglas J. Weatherford makes a big deal out of El gallo de oro, Mexican master Juan Rulfo's long-ignored second novel, but it's nothing compared to the sketches and fragments that come after.

You hear a lot of different types of music on World Cafe, but you may not have ever heard anything like Tanya Tagaq, who has collaborated with Björk and won Canada's prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Bon Jovi Surprises College Graduates

May 17, 2017

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