Jimi Hendrix's new album, People, Hell and Angels, comes out March 5.
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February 27, 2013 These 12 previously unreleased recordings all shine a spotlight on Hendrix's considerable charisma, preserving the guitarist's work in amber while still polishing it up as good as new.
This little scamp has no say over the car stereo.
February 27, 2013 When parents and kids can't find common musical ground, what can they listen to in the car? Obviously, "something everyone can enjoy" is the easiest answer, but there are rules that accompany it.
Chelsea Light Moving's self-titled debut comes out March 5.
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February 25, 2013 With Sonic Youth on hiatus, Thurston Moore's new band sets out to pulverize and polarize on an album of sharp left turns. Loose but jagged, playful but menacing, the music of Chelsea Light Moving still finds room for glimmers of beauty.
Josh Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, comes out March 5.
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February 24, 2013 The singer-songwriter's new album was written entirely in response to his recent divorce. Even in its darkest moments, though, The Beast in Its Tracks finds Ritter sounding more bruised than wounded, and yearning to compartmentalize and preserve the happy memories that remain.
Cloud Cult's album, Love, comes out March 5.
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February 24, 2013 The Twin Cities band's ninth album bursts with warmth, whether in spare examinations of faith or in big-hearted explosions of ecstatic celebration. At times, Cloud Cult's music recalls the larger-than-life reverie of The Polyphonic Spree, but the music on Love feels more personal and fragile.
This member of Middle Brother had someone send an MP3 to All Songs Considered a couple years back, and now look at him: He's on the NPR Music website again.
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February 21, 2013 The All Songs Considered gang is gathering MP3s to prepare for its coverage of the annual music festival. If you're an artist playing SXSW 2013, here's some information on how to make sure we hear one of your songs beforehand.
Atoms For Peace's debut album, Amok, comes out Feb. 26.
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February 18, 2013 On Atoms for Peace's first official album, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke lays his weary-but-soaring vocals over an assortment of sounds that whir, clatter, click, twitch and sprawl.
Shout Out Louds' new album, Optica, comes out Feb. 26.
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February 17, 2013 Particularly in its first half, Optica plays like a marvelous '80s mixtape, albeit one with modern production values and a good deal of subtlety. In all their sweet and sunny glory, the Swedish pop band's songs invariably chime and shine.
Rhye's debut album, Woman, comes out March 5.
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February 14, 2013 Sultry and sweet, "Open" is like a heartfelt love letter tucked tenderly into a makeout mix.
Sometimes our hearts are neither broken nor bright on Valentine's Day. The indifferent need a soundtrack, too!
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February 14, 2013 Many people hate Valentine's Day. Some even love it. What do you listen to if you just don't care? Also, thoughts on why so much music revolves around love and relationships.
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February 12, 2013 In "Tofutti," The Heligoats' Chris Otepka examines the soy-based dairy-free product line as a jumping-off point for his thoughts on our desire to do right by ourselves, feel good and fit into the world around us.
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The xx performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Jan. 29, 2013.
February 11, 2013 Beneath The xx's tightly controlled image-making lays music that's raw and vulnerable; shy, worried tentativeness is wired into a sound that shimmers powerfully, but remains as fragile and delicate as a soap bubble.
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Keith Richards collaborates with Tom Waits in "Shenandoah" for Son of Rogues Gallery, out Feb. 19.
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February 10, 2013 Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Shane MacGowan, Courtney Love, Dr. John, Iggy Pop, Johnny Depp and more form a bleak-music Murderer's Row on this 140-minute collection of pirate-themed music.
Ivan & Alyosha's first full-length album, All the Times We Had, comes out Feb. 26.
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February 10, 2013 It's about time Ivan & Alyosha received due praise as a standard-bearer for hyper-accessible, harmony-rich roots music: The band writes gorgeous, swelling, impeccably built songs about love and faith, and performs them with real charm.
Taylor Swift gives the opening performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles.
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February 8, 2013 For the fifth straight year, whether marveling at Taylor Swift's capacity for surprise or trying to figure out what to type during the combined 37 minutes of Bruno Mars performances, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson live-blogged the ceremony in an effort to serve your reading-along needs.
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