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New Mix: The Antlers, EMA, Yann Tiersen, Sturgill Simpson, More  |   

On our latest show, we get metaphysical with new music that questions the state of humanity and technology along with our role in an infinite universe. Plus, new sounds in country and folk.

Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz  |   

Know your bird calls from barnyard bellowing? For Earth Day, test your ear at recognizing the animal sounds songwriters and composers work into their music, from funk classics to classical sonatas.

First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'  |   

One of the world's best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It's all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.

For Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, Here's An Unusual Tempest  |   

The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare's The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.

Black Prairie, 'Let It Out'  |   

Fans of The Decemberists know Black Prairie, since many of those band members make up this Portland rock-infused bluegrass band. The group's new video is stuffed with dark humor — pun intended.