Metric's new album, its second on the band's own label, is titled Synthetica. Left to right: Joshua Winstead, Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joules Scott-Key.
June 30, 2012 The new album Synthetica is the second to be released by the group's own distribution company, Metric Music International. "There's one band at the center of that whole organization — and it's us," says lead singer Emily Haines.
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Jukebox the Ghost performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
June 29, 2012 Crafting a fresh-faced indie-pop sound, Jukebox the Ghost is frequently compared to They Might Be Giants and Ben Folds. Hear the trio perform songs from its record, Safe Travels, at World Cafe Live.
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June 29, 2012 Recorded between albums for Adult Swim, the brand new song "Spiral" sets Wye Oak's stormy swirl to programmed beats.
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Recording artist Fiona Apple performs in February 2011.
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June 29, 2012 Can you look forward to a record so much that you can't make yourself listen to it? Perhaps you can, if you're determined to have just the right listening experience.
Reignwolf at Sasquatch.
June 29, 2012 Jordan Cook, a.k.a. Reignwolf, makes enough noise in this fiery rendition of "In the Dark" to match a dozen metalheads.
June 28, 2012 In 1979, a pair of teenage brothers recorded an album on their family's farm in rural Washington. This week, Donnie and Joe Emerson's Dreamin' Wild has been reissued.
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JD McPherson performs in Portland for opbmusic.org.
June 28, 2012 The former punk rocker and middle-school art teacher performs a raw, energetic blend of jump blues, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll for opbmusic.org. Watch JD McPherson and his band perform "Wolf Teeth."
June 28, 2012 Listen to and download a haunting track from this small New Jersey band with a mammoth sound.
June 27, 2012 Three bands — Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show — hop a vintage train from Oakland to New Orleans in the new documentary, Big Easy Express.
June 27, 2012 Is it possible to make a top ten list of albums everyone can agree on? With your help this summer, we're at least going to try!
Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel..., Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years.
June 26, 2012 Apple's new album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is her first in seven years. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the frequently stripped-down sound is a backdrop for her thoughts about the complications of love.
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Top row (left to right): The Antlers, Cat Power; Middle row: Bill Fay, Sean Rowe, Nas; Bottom row: Christian Scott, JEFF The Brotherhood
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June 26, 2012 Hear exclusive song premieres from The Avett Brothers, Cat Power, The Antlers and more on this week's episode of All Songs Considered.
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June 26, 2012 For Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, covering "Rhiannon" clearly requires quite a bit of reverence, to the point where she even channels Stevie Nicks' warbling rasp.
Bruce Springsteen onstage during the Born in the USA tour in 1985.
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June 25, 2012 Ann Powers says her infatuation with The Boss grew into adult respect for the strivers in his songs.
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Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at the 2012 Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco.
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June 25, 2012 An early predecessor of indie rock, the noise-pop subgenre embodies the yin and yang of melody and dissonance. Hear a mix of 100 remarkable and influential songs.
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