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December 5, 2011 In 2011, Frank Ocean sang hooks for Jay-Z and Kanye West, wrote for Beyoncé, toured with Odd Future and still managed to release the smoothest R&B album we've heard in a while. We enjoyed opera's return to form with vibrant young tenor Joseph Calleja and fell in love with a rock opera from a band whose name we're not even allowed to say on NPR. The list of our 50 favorite records of 2011 continued with Frank Ocean, F----- Up and more artists from F to J.
"Veronica, why is there a bomb in that suitcase?"
Courtesy of Matador Records
August 16, 2011 Watch a wistfully sweet music video for "The Other Shoe," from the hardcore band's rock opera.
June 14, 2011 If you're looking for the best of 2011 in virtually every major musical genre, here's a good starting point. The list of our 25 favorite albums of the year (so far) continues with Jill Scott and more artists from F to J.
Four 7" singles peek into the back stories of the hardcore band's rock opera, including its narrator, Octavio, on "What They Didn't Know."
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June 2, 2011 Four singles peek into the back stories of the hardcore band's rock opera, including its narrator.
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F----- Up's new album, David Comes To Life, comes out June 7.
May 30, 2011 The sonically hard-to-pin-down hardcore band's rock opera shines a defiantly bright light in a bleak world.
Iggy and the Stooges performed Raw Power at ATP 2010.
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September 7, 2010 Experience the unique concert-going experience that is ATP 2010 in photos featuring Iggy Pop, Sunn O))) and Boris, Raekwon, Sonic Youth and more.
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Artwork from Earth's The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull.
Courtesy of the artist
December 29, 2008 For the past month, NPR Music producer Lars Gotrich laid out multiple strips of paper on his desk, with names like Uncle Owen Aunt Beru, Extra Life and Erykah Badu printed on them.
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