"Abducted," by Cults, tops the list of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2011.
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December 28, 2011 Listen to Bob Boilen's favorite songs of the year, from Cults to Caveman and Milagres to M83.
December 28, 2011 The NPR Music staff presents 12 titles that range from the art of album covers to disco to Def Jam to metal to MTV. This year, our favorite music reads were mostly revealing biographies and wide-spanning analyses.
Sufjan Stevens performing at the bandshell at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on August 3, 2011.
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December 27, 2011 Bob Boilen salutes his 15 favorite live concerts. What were your most memorable shows this year?
December 20, 2011 Somewhere inside Julian Koster lives a boy full of wonder and imagination. Performing with his band The Music Tapes, he plays a holiday set complete with bowed banjos, singing saws and tape machines.
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December 16, 2011 Maybe you couldn't hear a pin drop when Gem Club played, but you could hear the click of a keyboard.
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Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Bob Boilen's pick for the album of the year.
December 7, 2011 A year overflowing with wonderful records gets a list that can't be trimmed down to the customary 10 picks.
December 2, 2011 The answer to last week's quiz gets Bob Boilen thinking about the reasons people listen to music on different formats, and wondering: Does vinyl really sound better than digital files?
November 28, 2011 Is this item familiar or does it make you scratch your head? Perhaps it's part of an IKEA cabinet?
November 21, 2011 The new service from Apple offers access to all of your songs, anywhere. It's a huge step forward for music lovers, and iTunes Match very nearly lives up to its promise.
November 16, 2011 Who is responsible for the health of your ears? The band? The venue? Or you?
November 12, 2011 Music, art and kittens collide in a work of hysterical genius. Say hello to K. Rex, David Meowie, Mew Reed and HISS.
Glen Hansard in The Swell Season.
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November 10, 2011 The documentary The Swell Season captures the end of a relationship between Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, two musicians who met when they starred in the Oscar-winning film Once.
Most guitar amps go to 10. These go to 11.
November 8, 2011 We celebrate 11/11/11 and the "Big Bottom" band with songs that sound best really, really, really loud.
Radiohead in concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Sept. 28, 2011.
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November 7, 2011 Hear a live track from the band's recent Roseland Ballroom shows and get details on new tour dates.
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An image from Brian Eno's installation "77 Million Paintings" at Moogfest in Asheville, N.C.
October 29, 2011 Moogfest has only just begun, but Bob Boilen has already met his musical hero, seen some brilliant art and toured the Moog factory and headquarters.
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