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All Songs Considered

The Most Important Band Of Your College Years

All Songs Considered listeners reminisce about the bands and songs that mattered most when they were in college.

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Summer's Over, But fun.'s Just Getting Started

We've been following the band on a growth spurt as it crosses the country, and a couple of oceans.

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The Record

A Summer With Fun.

For the summer season, we'll follow the rising band behind the hit "We Are Young" — and its backstage crew — as it hits the road.

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All Songs Considered

Patti Smith, Best Coast, Debo Band And More

Hear the latest recommended listening from Bob Boilen, Jacob Ganz and Robin Hiltonborg 2.0, plus a few musical surprises.

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