Speedy Ortiz's new album, Major Arcana, comes out July 9.
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June 30, 2013 Sadie Dupuis writes lyrics that should be scrawled on notebooks and bathroom walls by every disaffected high-school kid, right before the inevitable trip to the counselor's office. Her solo-moniker-turned-band is like a gummy double-helix, twisting sweet-and-sour words around contorted, '90s-inspired indie-rock.
La Vida Bohème's second album, Sera, draws upon a handful of musical influences, from disco to reggae.
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June 29, 2013 Lead singer Henry D'Arthenay looked to his Venezuelan home for inspiration in constructing the band's latest album, Será.
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June 27, 2013 Not to put too fine a point on it, but Goth kids like to dance, too. With "The Warden," the surreal singer-songwriter brings her foggy, mysterious sound into the club.
Wild Belle performs for a Field Recordings video at South Bay Customs in El Segundo, Calif.
June 26, 2013 Watch the band play one of its breeziest songs, "Love Like This," at a Los Angeles bike shop. The song's vibe evokes images of sunny, leisurely rides down the famed Pacific Coast Highway.
June 26, 2013 Low's quiet, deliberately paced sound began in the early '90s as a reaction to the heavy grunge music of the time. In this set, Low plays "Silver Rider," as well as tracks from 2011's C'mon.
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Clockwise from upper left: Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, Sigur Ros, Zola Jesus
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June 25, 2013 Host Bob Boilen welcomes summer with a set of languid songs, including a Guggenheim Museum commission and a 1980s synth-pop classic re-imagined for minimalist piano. Meanhwile, co-host Robin Hilton gets loud with Drug Church and Ebony Bones.
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Chuck Leavell plays alongside Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood.
June 25, 2013 The touring keyboardist has been playing with The Rolling Stones for more than 30 years.
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Sigur Ros' new album is titled Kveikur.
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June 24, 2013 Sigur Ros delights in shifting the listener's perspective — even its anthems elude the conventional rock plod. With Kveikur, the band's majestic (if usually mellow) vistas and naturescapes acquire a distinctly harsh edge.
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Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9.
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June 24, 2013 The homemade solo country-noir of Gibson's debut gets fleshed out by a real band, featuring pedal steel, cello, trombone and guitar work from members of Baroness and Brokeback. Remaining front and center, though, is Gibson's voice, which remains as dark and thick as blackstrap molasses.
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Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded.
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June 23, 2013 At 24, Katie Crutchfield has already had multiple careers as a musician. She broke through last year with an aching, bare-bones solo album — but the follow-up, Cerulean Salt, has roots in her years playing underground punk shows.
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Jimmy Eat World's new album, Damage, is its eighth in 20 years together. Left to right: Rick Burch, Zach Lind, Jim Adkins and Tom Linton.
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June 22, 2013 Perhaps best known for its 2001 hit, "The Middle," the band recently released its eighth studio album, Damage. Lead singer Jim Adkins talks about the band's evolution through two decades together.
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Laurel Canyon devotee Jonathan Wilson performed a special concert for KEXP.
June 20, 2013 The North Carolina singer-songwriter is devoted to replicating the laid-back West Coast groove of the '70s. Watch him perform a new song, "Love Strong," for KEXP at Seattle's US Social Club.
Cockroaches and beetles slither through a miniature world in a new video from Majical Cloudz.
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June 20, 2013 The Canadian electro-pop duo's latest video is disorienting, disturbing and utterly transfixing. Seemingly massive cockroaches and beetles invade the world, and it all ends in flames.
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June 19, 2013 True Widow's stoner-rock and shoegaze mix trudges with back-breaking heft. Turn it up on a good pair of speakers or headphones, and "Four Teeth" rattles like a heavier bummer jam from Neil Young's Zuma, complete with one-string guitar solos.
Smith Westerns' third studio album, Soft Will, comes out June 25.
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June 16, 2013 The Chicago band's third album unleashes a sparkly charm offensive that practically rolls down your car windows for you. Sweet and dreamy, slick and sunny, Soft Will is the sound of weaponized agreeability.
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