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NPR Story
1:09 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Blizzard Howls Its Way Into Boston But Largely Spares NYC

A pedestrian walks through blowing and drifting snow before dawn during a winter snowstorm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:26 pm

A howling blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.

Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns, including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts, reporting more than 18 inches of snow.

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Songs We Love
1:03 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Pond, 'Elvis' Flaming Star'

The long-running Australian rock band Pond features members of Tame Impala, Mink Mussel Creek and Allbrook/Avery.
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:41 pm

The Australian psychedelic pop band Pond, which features Tame Impala drummer Jay Watson, takes listeners on a retro-futuristic odyssey throughout its new album, Man It Feels Like Space Again. With a vintage glam-rock vibe that brings to mind David Bowie and T-Rex, "Elvis' Flaming Star" is filled with explosions, otherworldly sounds and dizzying time changes. A sense of creativity and fun permeates the song, which calls to mind the playful antics of Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips.

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The Record
12:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

From The Isleys To Aaliyah To Frank Ocean, The Evolution Of 'Love'

Frank Ocean released an Aaliyah tribute, "At Your Best (You Are Love)," on the late R&B singer's birthday.
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Front Row
12:24 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Front Row: Nathaniel Rateliff, 'Still Trying'

Nathaniel Rateliff performs live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Mass.

Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff performed live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Nov. 4. Rateliff told us before the show that this song, "Still Trying," "is a song about struggling with alcoholism and how you go to bed drunk and you tell yourself, 'Tomorrow, I'm gonna sober up and totally not do that tomorrow,' and then you do the same thing the next day."

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All Songs Considered
12:20 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Viking's Choice: Ô Paon, 'Fille Tannée/Fille Tendue'

"With Fleuve, I was mostly writing about a potential version of myself — a more bad-ass, f----- up one," Geneviève Castrée says.
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Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:45 pm

Nostalgia is a polar bear in the wild — warm and fuzzy from a distance, terrifying once the reality of its power confronts you. In her music as Ô Paon and in her graphic novels, the Anacortes, Wash.-based Geneviève Castrée often writes about the things that haunt her: violence, alienation, greed. With the loosely conceptual Fleuve, Castrée and her characters grapple with alienation from a place and time — specifically, coming of age in '90s suburban Montreal — that can't exist when you return to them.

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