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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

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New Mix: The Black Keys, Swans, Metronomy, More

March 25th, 2014

Episode 512 of 797 episodes

This week, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton play brand new cuts from springtime releases by the well-established and widely adored bands The Black Keys and Swans. Both songs are instantly recognizable: The Black Keys for their spare, punchy, guitar-based pop, and Swans for their epic, densely layered orchestrations.Bob shares music by a New Zealand-based band called Tiny Ruins. That song's airy vocals and restrained instrumentation pair well with a pick from Robin: Dylan Shearer, who channels the folky, quiet side of Pink Floyd on a song called "Meadow Mines (Fort Polio)."Also on the program: The strangely alluring electronica of London's Metronomy; and Robin mourns the loss his beloved Jayhawks suffered over the weekend in the NCAA basketball tournament with the soothing sounds of A Winged Victory For The Sullen.Minuet For A Cheap Piano No. 1Artist: A Winged Victory for the SullenAlbum: Atomos VIIA Little God In My HandsArtist: SwansAlbum: To Be KindMeadow Mines (Fort Polio)Artist: Dylan ShearerAlbum: GaragearrayBallad of the Hanging ParcelArtist: Tiny RuinsAlbum: Brightly Painted OneBoy RacersArtist: MetronomyAlbum: Love LettersFeverArtist: The Black KeysAlbum: Turn Blue

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