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Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill.
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September 24, 2013 Mechanical Bull is Kings of Leon's comeback record after a two-year hiatus brought about by a memorable onstage breakdown. The gritty Southern rock group is ready to pick up where its members left off.
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What do you want from this guy? Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill performs at the 2010 Bonnaroo festival.
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September 14, 2010 As an apprehensive Kings of Leon gets ready to release a new album, we wonder what fans want from successful bands.
December 15, 2008 When the votes started pouring in from NPR listeners for the year's best albums, two things became clear immediately: It was going to be tight, and many of the top spots would go to new, smaller bands and their debut albums. Bigger, more established acts (Coldplay, My Morning Jacket) were well represented, but listeners seemed more inspired by the year's quieter, more intimate albums.
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November 24, 2008 It wasn't the best year for music, but 2008 sure churned out a lot of it: In a marketplace flooded with more music than ever, there's rarely been less of a consensus. Your neighbor's iPod was most likely playing a different tune than yours was. Still, David Dye was able to pinpoint the 10 albums that best kept him interested through multiple listens.
March 22, 2007 Bob Boilen speaks with reviewers Robert Christgau, Will Hermes and Meredith Ochs about the new CDs they're most looking forward to this spring. Hear sneak previews of new music from Modest Mouse, Wilco, Fountains of Wayne, Bright Eyes and more.
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August 11, 2005 Hear two of rock's best new artists online, in a Web cast from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The full performances by Secret Machines and Kings of Leon are part of an ongoing concert series from NPR Music's 'All Songs Considered.'
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January 12, 2005 Bob Boilen speaks with All Things Considered music reviewers Mikel Jollett, Tom Moon and Meredith Ochs about some of their most anticipated releases for 2005. Hear sneak previews from Bright Eyes, M. Ward, the Kings of Leon and more.
December 21, 2003 It certainly is the age of the song. The days of the MP3 aren't so different from the days of the 45 rpm. You pay a buck; the quality is good, but not as good as its more expensive counterpart. Back in the days of the 45, you'd stack your faves on a round 45 adapter, best side up, and one by one they would play, the tone arm lifting off the record long enough for the next 45 to magically fall onto the platter and play. You'd hope it wouldn't skip. The days of the 45 or even mix tapes seem antiquated in the age of the iPod and homemade CD's. We've "streamed" our picks for 2003's best songs, so click to listen and hope it doesn't skip!
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