Recommended: The Glorious Heartbreak of The Murder of Crows. Watch and Listen.

I’d never heard of Murder of Crows, a project based in Duluth, Minnesota, consisting of Gaelynn Lea and Alan Sparhawk, until Babak sent me an email. There’s more emotion in this music than anything I’ve heard in a long, long time. Start with the performance of “We’ll Linger in the Sun” and then move to a 2012 performance that also includes a cover of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box” (It starts around the 6 minute mark.) Wow. I mean…wow.



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Recommended: The Glorious Heartbreak of The Murder of Crows. Watch and Listen.

  • March 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I first heard of Gaelynn Lea after she won last year’s NPR “Tiny Desk Competition” and I’ve heard her on a number of programs since then. She is the kind of unique talent with a very different sound (and a great sense of humour) that the autotuned, algorithm loving “stars” of music today should be fearing and aspiring to

  • March 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks for exposing this. This is brilliant.


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