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Review: The New Pornographers, 'Whiteout Conditions'

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page. It's hard to imagine a band that abhors a long, throat-clearing windup more than The New Pornographers . Listen to any of the group's seven albums, and each bursts out from the jump with a blast of pure, blissfully irresistible power pop. Take the title track from 2015's Brill Bruisers , which opens the record by racing from...

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11 shows to see this weekend: March 24-26

Mar 24, 2017
Joe Crookston
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An eclectic array of bands is visiting Ithaca this weekend, including a few from neighboring Pennsylvania. Plus, Gucci Mane plays a big show at Cornell’s newly renovated Barton Hall.

Sarah Jarosz set for sold-out Ithaca debut

Mar 10, 2017
Sarah Jarosz
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Just off winning her first two Grammy Awards – for Best Folk Album (for “Undercurrent”) and Best American Roots Performance (for “House of Mercy”) – Sarah Jarosz will make her Ithaca debut at the Hangar Theatre Friday night in a show that sold out weeks ago.

9 shows to see this weekend: March 10-12

Mar 10, 2017
Modern Measure
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A variety of music is on tap this weekend, from Americana and electronica to Celtic, gospel and ska – not to mention a couple of choice classic-rock shows.

11 shows to see this weekend: March 3-5

Mar 3, 2017
resAUnance
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Punk, Klezmer, pop, rock and jazz are all on the musical menu this weekend.

The Jeremy Kittel Trio
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The seventh annual Winter Village Music Festival returns to Ithaca this weekend, bringing an array of acts to La Tourelle Spa and Resort from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. 

6 shows to see this weekend: Feb. 17-19

Feb 17, 2017
City Limits
Casey Martin

A variety of music – from classic rock and reggae to experimental and prog rock – is on tap for the weekend.

5 shows to see this week: Feb. 13-16

Feb 13, 2017
Town Squares
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a variety of Tuesday night shows.

5 shows to see this weekend: Feb. 10-12

Feb 10, 2017
That1Guy
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An eclectic array of music will be on display this weekend in Ithaca.

5 shows to see this week: Jan. 30 – Feb. 2

Jan 30, 2017
Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost
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We exit January and enter February with several cool shows on tap for the week.

6 shows to see this weekend: Jan. 27-29

Jan 27, 2017
Rubblebucket
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Dance away the winter blues this weekend with these shows around Ithaca.

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Here's a fun fact about Noname's Tiny Desk Concert: It almost didn't happen. Around the time of their D.C. stop, she (born Fatimah Warner) and her bandmates got their first dose of tour sickness. Thanks to rest, medicine and our mutual excitement, she made her way into the NPR offices the following day. If there ever was a 'Noname' way of doing things, this is definitely her signature method. It's in the way she's able to muster a smile while performing a heartbreaking tale of abortion. It's those sometimes bleak, melancholy lyrics over brilliant, colorful production.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Shortly after his 82nd birthday, Leonard Cohen sat down with KCRW's Chris Douridas for an interview. The two talked about Cohen's health, the role of religion in his life, his 14th and final album, You Want It Darker, and much more.

The conversation took place at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles on Oct. 13 as part of a special listening session for You Want It Darker. It's the last interview Cohen gave before his death on November 7.

Influential singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82, according to a publicist for his U.S. record label.

Cohen died Monday, but news of his death came out late Thursday. His Facebook page had this announcement:

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.
We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries.

Hi, World Cafe fans! I just moved to the U.S. from Toronto, Canada, to become World Cafe's new contributing host and producer. Yes, I'm from Drake's hometown. And yes, that's the most frequently asked question since I've been here. But if your musical knowledge north of the 49th parallel doesn't extend past Drizzy and The Six, you're in luck. I brought a pile of musical gifts across the border with me.