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My Morning Download: “Small Plane” by Bill Callahan (David Dye’s pick for NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation)

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Photo by Hanly Banks
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Bill Callahan has a new album, Dream River, that was recently released on Drag City. A collection of slow, gorgeous acoustic songs, “Small Plane” was selected by World Cafe’s David Dye for the recent episode of NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing. Download the song below, and listen to Dye’s commentary about it on NPR’s Morning Edition.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Flaming Lips at Festival Pier, Blondie / X at Keswick Theater, Wesley Stace at World Cafe Live and more

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Hailed for their dense psychedelic compositions and exuberant nature, experimental alt-rock legends The Flaming Lips play alongside Tame Impala tonight at Festival Pier. Although the Oklahoma native, five piece outfit toned down their never-leave-a-dull-moment-untouched attitude with April release The Terror, front man Wayne Coyne tells Rolling Stone that the album is “possibly the best Flaming Lips record ever made.” However bleak the release may be, it has not stifled the internationally acclaimed band’s over the top personality; which can be seen in their recent “Turning Violent” and Devo cover “Gates of Steel” videos seen below. Find details and tickets for tonight’s show at the XPN concert calendar.

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Bill Callahan announces U.S. Tour (playing First Unitarian Church on 10/3)

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Bill Callahan is a prolific baritone with a gift for crafting beautiful, thought-provoking lyrics.  Formerly lead singer of Smog, Callahan has since become a solo artist releasing several amazing albums including 2011’s Apocalypse.  On September 17th, Callahan will release his follow up album Dream River and is going on a US tour in support of the new album.  One of the first stops on the tour will be The First Unitarian Church on October 3rd.  Ticket information will be announced shortly; below, check out Callahan’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert.