New Mix: Sisyphus, Avey Tare, Nothing, More

By NPR Staff  |  NPR

Clockwise from upper left: Sisyphus (Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti), Diane Cluck, Avey Tare, The Family Crest
Clockwise from upper left: Sisyphus (Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti), Diane Cluck, Avey Tare, The Family Crest Courtesy of the artists


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Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton open this week’s show by reminiscing about a recent Son Lux and San Fermin show that delivered epic sounds with bold, cinematic rock. Bob and Robin’s shared love for walls of noise leads them directly to the orchestral opening track on this week’s program, “Beneath The Brine” by The Family Crest.

Also on the show: A peek at the debut full-length album from Sisyphus, a genre-bending group featuring Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Chicago hip-hop artist Serengeti; Animal Collective‘s Avey Tare returns with a new bizarro project called Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks; plus one-of-a-kind folk singer Diane Cluck, the sludgy noise rock group Nothing and the post-punk and new wave group Eagulls.

Bob also explains his new weekly “Bob’s Rainbows” column: Every Saturday, he posts a collection of special musical moments from his jam-packed week, including favorite live shows, favorite new songs, videos and more.

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Beneath the Brine
Artist: The Family Crest
Album: Beneath The Brine
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Beneath the Brine
Artist: The Family Crest
Title: Beneath the Brine
Album: Beneath The Brine

"Beneath The Brine" is a massive-sounding, super-orchestrated track by the San Francisco-based band The Family Crest. The group's Kickstarter-funded album comes out Feb. 25.

Lion's Share
Artist: Sisyphus
Title: Lion's Share
Album: Sisyphus

Sisyphus is comprised of Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens and Chicago-based hip-hop artist Serengeti. "Lion's Share" is a tongue-in-cheek, story-centered song where each member shines. The trio's self-titled album is out March 18.

Artist: Diane Cluck
Title: Sara
Album: Boneset

The guitarist and pianist Diane Cluck makes heartfelt, intimate folk music. Her upcoming album,Boneset, will be released on March 4.

For more, go to her website.

Get Well
Artist: Nothing
Title: Get Well
Album: Guilty of Everything

The loud, gritty quartet Nothing, out of Philadelphia, have a new album, Guilty of Everything, out March 4.

Little Fang
Artist: Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
Title: Little Fang
Album: Enter The Slasher House

Animal Collective's Avey Tare has a new project called "Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks." Enter The Slasher House, the group's upcoming album, is out April 8 and includes this poppy, psychedelic track, "Little Fang."

Artist: Eagulls
Title: Possessed
Album: Eagulls

Eagulls, a bold and brash band from Leeds, will release its self-titled album March 4.

For more information go to their website.