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Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013.
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December 12, 2013 See what albums NPR listeners picked in our year-end poll for the best music of 2013.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis.
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October 17, 2013 Now that we've avoided a financial cataclysm, here's a suitable playlist for some of the swirling emotions of the past two weeks.
Clockwise from upper left: Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, Sigur Ros, Zola Jesus
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June 25, 2013 Host Bob Boilen welcomes summer with a set of languid songs, including a Guggenheim Museum commission and a 1980s synth-pop classic re-imagined for minimalist piano. Meanhwile, co-host Robin Hilton gets loud with Drug Church and Ebony Bones.
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Lygia Clark's cover art for Sigur Rós' forthcoming album, Kveikur.
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March 22, 2013 "Brennisteinn" (sulfur) is a remarkably aggressive piece of music for musicians who can sound so ethereal: Dreamy elements remain, but they provide an underpinning rather than driving the pulse of the song. A new Sigur Rós album, Kveikur, comes out June 18.
Sigur Ros performs at Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell on July 31, 2012.
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July 31, 2012 It's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Hear the group as it plays a two-hour set in Brooklyn.
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May 20, 2012 Valtari's collection of gorgeous, moody sound-washes fits right into the band's remarkable catalog. Timeless and utterly distinct, it could have come from Iceland circa 2000 or the prettiest spot on Mars circa 2080.
March 26, 2012 Hear the first song "Ekki Mukk" from the ambient Icelandic band's upcoming release, Valtari.
November 15, 2011 Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi turns composer on the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's latest movie, We Bought A Zoo.
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Sigur Ros performing 'Festival'
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September 16, 2011 If you've missed Sigur Ros, you're in luck. The band will release a double live album, DVD and more called Inni. It features footage from Sigur Ros' last show at London's Alexandra Palace.
October 9, 2010 Watch a video webcast of the singer for the ethereal Icelandic rock group Sigur Ros in a solo concert, recorded live from the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. The on-demand video stream will be available to watch until Oct. 21.
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