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TUCSON, AZ - APRIL 24: Musicians Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love, David Marks and Bruce Johnston perform during the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Concert Tour at the Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater on April 24, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Moore/Getty Images)

June 13, 2012 The band is on tour, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Hear an hour of recent recorded highlights.

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August 23, 2005 Creators at Carnegie presents music from Beach Boy Brian Wilson's Smile tour.

Interviews & Profiles

The Beach Boys' new album — the first collaboration in decades between founding members Brian Wilson (third from left) and Mike Love (second from right) — is called That's Why God Made the Radio.

June 2, 2012 Brian Wilson and Mike Love reminisce about the '60s, Paul McCartney and getting back in the studio.

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American Daron Rahlves competes during the men's freestyle ski cross qualification at Cypress Mountain during the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

February 23, 2012 Olympic skier Daron Rahlves and two NPR listeners share songs that remind them of winter sports.

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John Sebastian

August 18, 2009 John Sebastian, the voice behind "Summer In The City," dishes on the Beach Boys tune.

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August 22, 2008 Author Tom Moon surveys all genres of music, from Marian Anderson to ZZ Top.

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April 13, 2004 The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson is currently playing his resurrected album Smile in Europe.

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August 27, 2002 Beach Boy Brian Wilson discusses his musical career and influences with Terry Gross.

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Discover Songs

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February 13, 2008 On this edition of All Songs Considered NPR listeners share their favorite love songs.

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July 3, 2007 Music journalist/armchair philosophizer Christian Bordal ruminates on appropriate sounds for summer.

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November 17, 2006 New-folk artist M. Ward talks about his latest CD, Post-War and shares some of his favorite reco...

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March 2, 2004 The land of milk and honey: Eliza Gilkyson; A tribute to a lost friend from M. Ward; Requested m...

December 1, 2000 On this fifth edition of NPR's All Songs Considered, you'll hear the edgy guitar of Marc Ribot; ...

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June 19, 2000 The Beach Boys classic, released in 1966, is the product of a revolutionary approach to songwriting.

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News

A Visith From The Goon Squad

August 17, 2010 Novels by Jennifer Egan and Dana Spiotta use music to help readers understand their characters.

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April 5, 2005 The Library of Congress officially recognizes Nirvana and Public Enemy.

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Reviews

The Beach Boys in 1964. Top row: Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson. Bottom row: Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson.

December 10, 2013 Made in California presents the rise and slow fade of a once-great force in American music.

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A new box set offers a fresh look at "Heroes and Villains," a Beach Boys classic worth taking apart and reexamining.

January 17, 2012 A new box set offers a look at "Heroes and Villains," a classic worth taking apart and reexamining.

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The Beach Boys in 1964: Brian Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine and Carl Wilson.

November 1, 2011 EMI has released session tracks from the legendarily unreleased SMiLE album for the first time.

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The Beach Boys, 'Pet Sounds.'

October 12, 2010 Our All Songs Considered intern listens to the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds for the first time.

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Cover art for the "Good Vibrations" single, released in 1966.

February 7, 2013 Remembering the musician whose invention is almost always mistaken for a theremin.

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The Beach Boys on their 50th Anniversary tour. (L-R) Brian Wilson, David Marks, Mike Love and Al Jardine.

May 11, 2012 It's not so hard to imagine a completely new version of the iconic band on stage 50 years from now.

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April 25, 2012 A new song marks the band's 50th anniversary. Wouldn't it be nice if all reunions sounded so good?

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Is there good music that somehow isn't getting through to you?

February 6, 2012 Ever feel guilty about not appreciating music you know you should?

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February 8, 2006 Hear a mix of listener-selected music for Valentine's Day.

NPR Artist Directory

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Frederic Chopin

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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M.I.A.

Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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Arcade Fire

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