At some point, you'll probably feel like you're too old to attend a music festival.
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March 27, 2014 Is festival fatigue the first sign of an encroaching spiral into desiccation and death? Or is it natural to hit a point in life where you don't feel like it anymore?
March 27, 2014 The Wytches' furious, hair-flinging psych-rock isn't the stuff of back-porch acoustic sessions. But don't tell that to singer-guitarist Kristian Bell, recorded here in Austin, Texas.
Cloud Nothings new album, Here and Nowhere Else, comes out April 1.
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March 23, 2014 The Cleveland punk band's third album tightens and brightens its sound in ways that never numb its blistering, careening forcefulness.
Timber Timbre's new album, Hot Dreams, comes out April 1.
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March 23, 2014 Atop atmospheric sound beds that often conjure spaghetti Westerns, Taylor Kirk's dusky croon can seem seductive, inviting and, when he prefers, deeply creepy.
Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves performs during NPR Music's SXSW showcase.
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March 20, 2014 "We're Perfect Pussy and we're terrified." Watch the rising Syracuse punk band make their first national splash during our SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas.
British post-punk band Eagulls performs at NPR Music's SXSW showcase.
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March 18, 2014 Not to be confused with Glenn Frey or Don Henley's middle-of-the-road soft rock, British post-punk act Eagulls did anything but take it easy at our SXSW showcase. Watch the entire concert here.
Whether you buy a $795 badge or show up with a little spare cash on hand, SXSW has something for you — and will expect you to stand in line at some point.
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March 6, 2014 Is SXSW just for industry pros and rich music fans? Or can someone on a budget make it worthwhile? We run through the pros, cons and opportunities that come with attending the festival on the cheap.
Becky Black's band The Pack A.D. is featured as part of NPR Music's downloadable 100-song SXSW preview.
March 3, 2014 For 30 days starting March 3, download or stream 100 handpicked songs by artists worth discovering at this year's music festival.
Real Estate plays Atlas at SubCulture in NYC.
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February 27, 2014 Real Estate's shimmering pop-rock seems to echo out of the past with melancholy beauty. Watch the band perform its third album, Atlas, in its entirety at New York's SubCulture.
Elton John performs in 2013. Earlier that year, he put out his 31st studio album, The Diving Board.
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February 21, 2014 How should a reader deal with the guilt of abandoning what used to be her most beloved musicians?
February 21, 2014 A reconstituted panel discusses Netflix's latest season-length offering before taking turns defending the seemingly indefensible. Then, as always, it's on to What's Making Us Happy.
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The Notwist's new album, Close to the Glass, comes out Feb. 25.
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February 17, 2014 The German band's collage-based sound brims over with buzzing, springy, playful urgency. Bathed in electronics, Acher's softly accented vocals land like late-night affirmations from a trusted friend.
Death Vessel's new album, Island Intervals, comes out Feb. 25.
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February 16, 2014 Joel Thibodeau's eerily high voice sounds equally suited to basement-bound laments and celestial explorations. Island Intervals finds him splitting the difference.
Not every mixtape has to come with romantic intentions.
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February 14, 2014 How do you share good music without giving the impression that you're "trying to say something"?
Phantogram's new album, Voices, comes out Feb. 18.
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February 11, 2014 The New York duo plays spiky, dense and danceable pop-rock songs with an electronic pulse. Voices is the sound of a band at ease and assured in its moment, as it seizes every scrap of momentum it's created for itself.
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