Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013.
April 29, 2013 Brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable, the New York quintet's music mixes rock and jazz like King Crimson at its fiercest. From the moment the band squeaks its first squawk at the NPR Music offices, it's clear that it's about to conjure up an adventure.
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April 26, 2013 Baby Alpaca's singer Chris Kittrell based the video for his band's "Sea of Dreams" on an actual dream. The finished product is both calming and surreal, with layered images of planes, boats, blimps, fish, lighthouses, trains and flying cars.
April 25, 2013 In the video for Yellowbirds' "Young Men of Promise," the compelling animation doesn't try to match the music. Which only makes the moments when they align stand out.
Iggy & The Stooges' new album, Ready To Die, comes out April 30.
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April 21, 2013 With humor intact and the guitar loud, Ready to Die reunites Iggy Pop and guitarist James Williamson.
Bob Boilen, host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, interviews Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies at SXSW.
April 20, 2013 On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of their classic album, Odessey and Oracle, members of The Zombies talk with NPR's Bob Boilen about their unusual harmonies, touring the U.S. as British teenagers in the 1960s and why they broke up before Odessey even came out.
April 18, 2013 The dancers and singers of People Get Ready put on a performance that makes "Middle Name" a video to remember.
April 12, 2013 Using subtle stop-motion effects, the video for "Joy," the blissful, intimate new song by Iron & Wine, shows how the object of Sam Beam's affection is everywhere he looks.
This American Life's Ira Glass and John Hodgman in a video for Thao Nguyen's song "We The Common."
April 10, 2013 The new video for "We The Common" features Ira Glass, John Hodgman and many others and showcases Thao Nguyen's joyous spirit and big personality, but the song has a deeper back story.
April 10, 2013 Watch the rock band Brainstorm blast punchy, post-punk-inspired rhythms at Austin's TenOak during the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. Here, the group performs the thrilling "Maybe a Memory."
April 8, 2013 Before playing Bob Boilen's desk, the Danish band ransacked the NPR Music offices looking for sound-making material. Trying ideas it's never tried, Efterklang fleshes out its gorgeous sound in unexpected ways.
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Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard discuss the unexpected success of The Postal Service.
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April 8, 2013 Dntel's Jimmy Tamborello and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard reflect on Give Up, which emerged from a casual collaboration.
Ivan & Alyosha win over new fans during a spirited performance at TenOak in Austin.
April 5, 2013 The Seattle natives in Ivan & Alyosha possess cool charisma and an infectious sound that won over listeners at 2013's South By Southwest music festival.
April 4, 2013 Think of Lord Huron as a complex imaginary world, with invented characters and interlocking stories, as much as a band that makes charming rock songs.
April 4, 2013 Blaudzun made the trip from its home in the Netherlands to Austin, Texas, for the 2013 South by Southwest music festival. There, the group introduced its jubilantly beautiful songs to a new audience.
Don't miss Merchandise in your town ever again.
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April 1, 2013 A handful of smartphone apps make planning your concert calendar easier. Is there one that's perfect?
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