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The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats newest album, All Eternals Deck, will be released on March 29.
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Concerts

Members of the Mountain Goats perform live at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

August 6, 2013 Watch excerpts from the band's set, including a song unfamiliar even to diehards: "Animal Mask."

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December 18, 2012 Hear John Darnielle and his band play indie-folk songs from their new album, Transcendental Youth.

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The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle live at the Ecstatic Music Festival, held at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City, on March 24, 2012.

March 23, 2012 Hear a transcendent show by a very unlikely pairing from the aptly named Ecstatic Music Festival.

Studio Sessions

John Darnielle and his band The Mountain Goats perform live at opbmusic in Portland.

February 2, 2013 Watch John Darnielle and his band perform one of their shout-along classics for opbmusic.

The Mountain Goats performed on World Cafe.

May 11, 2011 Hear the beloved indie-rock band perform live in the WXPN studio.

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March 20, 2008 Versatile and prolific, Mountain Goats singer John Darnielle shows off his many talents.

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May 14, 2005 The group's production values have improved, but their lyrics remain evocative pocket narratives.

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Interviews & Profiles

More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

August 10, 2013 A decade ago, The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

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Discover Songs

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September 28, 2009 The latest mix fromAll Songs Considered features Lil B, Built To Spill, The Feelies, more.

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August 28, 2008 The perfect five-song playlist for your environmentally sound, jarringly brief journey.

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June 24, 2008 These five songs maintain a pace to help keep you going just a hair over the speed limit.

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February 21, 2008 The Cowboy Junkies, Dengue Fever, Black Mountain, The Mountain Goats and more.

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February 20, 2008 To celebrate the band's new album, 7-year-old Cora Dunlap describes why she loves "Dance Music."

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February 12, 2008 These five songs are for those wishing to wallow in Valentine's Day's soul-wrecking brutality.

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February 11, 2008 In "Sax Rohmer #1," singer John Darnielle lets loose a barrage of unforgettably sinister imagery.

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August 24, 2006 An uncommonly sensitive look at the lonely hours after lovers part and the dust begins to settle.

July 20, 2006 Reggae versions of songs by Radiohead; Artful lo-fi rock from The Mountain Goats; Country lounge...

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May 16, 2006 The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle is known for his searing songs about troubled souls.

March 17, 2005 New music from Blind Boys of Alabama; A Derek Bell tribute from The Chieftains; Music for a memo...

July 13, 2004 Halfway through the year and the songs are strong. New artists like Iron and Wine and M. Ward ar...

February 24, 2004 The magic hour with Wynton Marsalis; A bit of blues from The Mountain Goats; The lo-fi world of ...

News

Peter Hughes (left) and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

August 9, 2013 Do musicians listen to their own music differently? Peter Hughes of The Mountain Goats finds out.

Reviews

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September 28, 2009 The latest mix fromAll Songs Considered features Lil B, Built To Spill, The Feelies, more.

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February 20, 2008 Test spins of the Raveonettes and the Mountain Goats with Blender editor Lizzy Goodman.

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February 11, 2008 In "Sax Rohmer #1," singer John Darnielle lets loose a barrage of unforgettably sinister imagery.

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August 24, 2006 An uncommonly sensitive look at the lonely hours after lovers part and the dust begins to settle.

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May 16, 2006 The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle is known for his searing songs about troubled souls.

More Stories

Rosanne Cash on the Cabinet of Wonders stage with John Wesley Harding.

June 1, 2012 A feast of music, stories and comedy, and the secret messages Eugene Mirman leaves on bar napkins.

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Graveyard (clockwise from upper left), Martha Wainwright, Flying Lotus, Sera Cahoone, and Cody ChesnuTT.

September 19, 2012 Preview some of fall's most anticipated new albums from Flying Lotus, Cody ChesnuTT and more.

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 Clockwise from upper left: Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, The Mountain Goats, Suzanne Vega.

April 3, 2012 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton debate the polarizing and hard-to-define art of "speak-singing."

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Clockwise from top left: U2, Neil Young, Weezer, Paula Cole.

May 3, 2011 This week: The All Songs crew looks at the moment it all went wrong, relived in vivid detail.

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The Mountain Goats newest album, All Eternals Deck, will be released on March 29.

February 27, 2011 The smart, prolific band's new album will stream here in its entirety until its release on March 29.

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