Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Head and the Heart. Curtis Wayne Millard/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Seattle's The Head and the Heart recently performed on World Cafe. Josh Principe/The Billions Corporation hide caption

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As the NPR Music team and others prepared to leave the network's old headquarters, mysterious messages began appearing on the windows and walls: "Everything will be better!" Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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