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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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6 shows to see this week: Jan. 20-22

Jan 20, 2017
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Celebrate the weekend with this batch of diverse shows around Ithaca.

Enter the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest!

Jan 18, 2017

 NPR Music is at it again with a call for unsigned musicians of all genres: Show us why you should perform in NPR Music's iconic Tiny Desk concert series by submitting an original video of you or your band playing behind a desk of your choosing. The winner of the Contest will secure a spot at the legendary performance space and a U.S. tour with NPR Music, fueled by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

New Year's Eve shows in Ithaca

Dec 30, 2016
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Ring in 2017 by catching one of the many live shows around Ithaca on Saturday night.

6 shows to see this week: Dec. 22-29

Dec 22, 2016
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Celebrate the holiday season with these shows, which feature everything from hiphop, pop and old-time to Celtic, bluegrass and New Orleans grooves.

8 shows to see this weekend: Dec. 16-18

Dec 16, 2016
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Get in the holiday spirit with these cool shows around Ithaca!

7 shows to see this weekend: Dec. 9-11

Dec 9, 2016
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Ward off the winter cold with these hot shows around Ithaca!

14 shows to see in December

Dec 1, 2016
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The end of 2016 is now in sight, but we’ve still got a whole month left before we get to 2017. Here are some cool shows around Ithaca to put on your December calendar as we enter the holiday season.

6 shows to see this weekend: Nov. 25-27

Nov 25, 2016
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Looking to get out of the house after spending the day on the couch yesterday? Here are some cool shows happening in and around Ithaca this weekend.

7 shows to see this week: Nov. 21-24

Nov 21, 2016
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Looking to catch some live music in the days before Thanksgiving? Here are some cool shows happening in and around Ithaca.

Ready for takeoff

The Mighty Jet Band – Jerry Mirskin, Evan D. Williams and others -- will showcase its rootsy originals featuring pedal steel, banjo, guitar and upright bass textures.

When: 6-10 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Maxie’s Supper Club

Cost: free

Info: maxies.com

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7 shows to see this weekend

Nov 18, 2016
Carnivora
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Looking to catch some live music this weekend? Here are some cool shows happening around Ithaca.

Old-time tunes

Jeff Claus, Mac Benford, Rosie Newton and Sally Freund will team for an old-time happy hour show in Trumansburg.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday

Where: Felicia’s Hive 45

Cost: free; donations welcome

Info: www.hivefortyfive.com

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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.