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    0 0 Note: This piece is better heard than read. To hear this review and the specific musical moments it references, listen at the audio link. The music of ÌFÉ is Otura Mun's vision come to life: a mashup of hip-hop with Afro-Cuban rhythms and Santería chants. Born Mark Underwood in Goshen, Ind., Mun first travelled to Puerto Rico in the late '90s and now calls the island home. Mun started the band ÌFÉ in 2015, and its debut album, IIII + IIII (pronounced "Eji-Ogbe"), was released this March. To grasp the uniqueness and complexity of IIII + IIII , it is important to understand a key principle of Afro-Cuban music: that beats interlock. Rhythmic patterns are complementary and cannot exist without each other. ÌFÉ's sound on IIII + IIII is informed by Mun's desire to avoid relying on technology to create those rhythmic patterns, and instead to embrace the human elements of chance and improvisation. "I've seen so many MCs improvise over beats, but I

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    0 0 If you were around when Peter Frampton released his 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive! — a live record which sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. alone — then congratulations! You've lived long enough to hear the rock star sing a sweetly moving, mostly acoustic song about the time he rescued an ailing bird. Frampton's most recent recordings have recast the singer-guitarist as a gentler acoustic chronicler of life, but his softly accented charm and charisma remain intact. In "I Saved A Bird Today," well, the story is implied in the title. But Frampton had more to say via email. "'I Saved A Bird Today' is a true story about me saving a large bird, an American Coot who flew into my window and knocked herself out," he writes. "Then how, with expert advice, I brought her back to life. After learning that Coots only take off from water, I had to 'take her to the river.' She jumped into the river as I watched her walk, then run atop the

    0 0 I don't know about where you are, but here in D.C., it's hot. And if you're looking for a way to beat the summer heat, Alt.Latino 's midsummer roundup of new music will do the trick! Well, OK, not really — these tracks won't do anything about the heat. That was just some old-fashioned radio promotion language. (That stuff slips out of me now and then.) But what is true is that the Alt.Latino mailbag is overflowing with great new tunes. So in between a bunch of interviews and all the music-festival coverage we have planned for later in the summer, we're sharing the love with a sampler of new music — from the latest indie rock to a newly released track from a grand maestro of Cuban music. Grab your favorite cool beverage and press play. Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit

    0 0 NOTE: Each day this week we'll be rolling out a series of videos from Sylvan Esso that comprise the duo's upcoming visual EP, Echo Mountain Sessions . Sylvan Esso has always been a duo, featuring the beats and electronics of Nick Sanborn and the voice of singer Amelia Meath. But back in April, right about the time Sylvan Esso was releasing its second album What Now , Amelia and Nick got a bunch of their North Carolina buddies to join them in a studio in Asheville to record some of the tracks from What Now with a big, live band. Members of Wye Oak , The Mountain Goats , Hiss Golden Messenger , Mountain Man and Megafaun got together for a day at Echo Mountain studios , reimagined the songs of Sylvan Esso and captured the whole thing for a visual EP they're calling Echo Mountain Sessions . On this edition of All Songs Considered Amelia and Nick talk about what it was like to record with a full band and offer an audio peek into what you can

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