Townes van Zandt (left) and Jeff Buckley (right).
April 30, 2012 Celebrate the lives and legacies of two American songwriters, Townes Van Zandt and Jeff Buckley, with their intimate interviews from the World Cafe vault.
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April 30, 2012 The New York band Hospitality makes music that's unmistakably friendly and welcoming — it's hug-and-a-handshake pop that lives up to its name by jangling and chiming comfortably. The group doesn't overwhelm so much as it wears listeners down with a subtle charm offensive.
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Australian retro-rockers Royal Headache are definitely diamonds in the rough.
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April 29, 2012 The Australian band's debut is a collection of two-minute garage-rock gems — and a reminder of rock 'n' roll's vital connection to Memphis and Motown.
M. Ward performs at Apogee Studios for KCRW.
April 26, 2012 The understated singer, guitarist and songwriter performed an exclusive concert for KCRW at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio. Watch a four-song set.
With his growling vocals, Howlin' Wolf fought his way to the top of the cutthroat Chicago blues scene.
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April 26, 2012 Sam Phillips once referred to Howlin' Wolf's voice as "where the soul of man never dies." Phillips, who worked with dozens of great Memphis musicians, never changed his mind. Rock historian Ed Ward examines the evolution of Wolf's singular talent.
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The Beach Boys 2012
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April 25, 2012 To mark the band's 50th anniversary, all of its surviving members have recorded a new album. The first single has all the harmony and sentiment that made The Beach Boys the sound of California in the 1960s. Wouldn't it be nice if all reunions sounded so good?
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Clockwise from upper left: St. Vincent, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, Fiona Apple, Exitmusic.
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April 24, 2012 This week: Hear Apple's new single, epic Exitmusic, and Bob and Robin on rock 'n' roll baby names.
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Now, Now performs on The Current.
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April 24, 2012 The Twin Cities rock trio released its new album, Threads, on Chris Walla's record label. See what attracted his attention in this video from Minnesota's The Current.
Of Montreal plays the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on April 6.
April 24, 2012 The Athens, Ga., rock group has built its reputation on wildly theatrical live performances. Watch the band's latest stage spectacle, recorded live from Washington, D.C.
British guitarist Bert Weedon died Friday at age 91.
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April 23, 2012 Weedon's guide to the basics of guitar playing was used by the young musicians who would become members of The Who and The Beatles.
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The art accompanying Derek and The Dominos' "Layla."
April 23, 2012 Women have inspired art since the days of Greek mythology, and popular music is no exception. Eric Teel, host of "Open Air" on Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Ore., presents 100 of his favorite songs named after the muses that led to their creation.
April 23, 2012 Snider is a singer-songwriter with a sharp sense of humor, as evidenced by the title of his new album, Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables. Rock critic Ken Tucker says that even Snider's most pessimistic songs have a sense of humor and energy that gives them an exhilarating spin.
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April 23, 2012 The enigmatic singer teases her upcoming album with a new song on her Soundcloud page.
Uncle Tupelo at the Sapphire Supper Club in Orlando, Fla. Jeff Tweedy (second from left) went on to form Wilco, while Jay Farrar (second from right) created Son Volt.
April 23, 2012 The extraordinary and influential alt-country group was a standard-bearer for the genre, and later spawned Wilco and Son Volt after it broke up in the mid-'90s.
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Damon Albarn's new album, Dr Dee, comes out May 8.
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April 22, 2012 The Blur and Gorillaz singer has recorded a willfully obscure folk opera, full of baroque flourishes, spoken asides, unsettling rhythm tracks, guest vocalists and hairpin turns that lead down unpredictable cul de sacs.
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