Pitch-shifted soul, a 14-minute pop song's insane game of chutes and ladders, and a four-way split of experimental music's most outward-thinking female musicians are just a few of the tapes that made 2013 awesome.
Carcass and Satan came back after 17- and 26-year absences, respectively, while vets like Manilla Road kept the young'uns on their toes. SubRosa made doom metal gorgeous and the feral Cloud Rat made grindcore fearless and fearsome in 2013.
This year saw interactive videos come to the fore, but some reliable ingredients — dancing, doppelgangers and Drake — were just as key to making a great video in 2013.
At the end of a year in which pop songs were a constant, provocative part of the national conversation, NPR Music critic Ann Powers sifts through the 100 most popular songs of the year to highlight 10 pure pop pleasures worth remembering.
FolkAlleyIt was a banner year for the acoustic guitar. NPR Music partner Folk Alley presents the best the genre had to offer.
Finding new and excellent R&B is a scavenger hunt, one that winds through blogs, Tumblr and Twitter. Here are the 10 songs that didn't make the pop charts, but should have got more love.
Each year, public radio stations across the country record thousands of studio sessions. Behold: the 10 best, including selections by Cody ChesnuTT, Dirty Projectors, Laura Mvula, The National, Patty Griffin, Savages and more.
We asked public radio stations across the country to highlight their favorite musical discoveries of the year. The results ranged from a Pulitzer Prize winner to a Kansas City BBQ blues band.
We asked 137 jazz journalists to pick their favorite albums that came out this year. Out of over 700 nominees, here are their collective top 50 picks, along with top finishers in the Latin jazz, vocal, debut and reissue categories.
Jason Isbell's Southeastern, Kanye West's Yeezus and an assortment of remarkable women dominated the Fresh Air critic's year in listening.