In the video for Superchunk's "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo," music fans hold up copies of their favorite albums — no MP3s included.
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August 30, 2013 Not everyone has made the transition to MP3s. Are CD- and vinyl-loving holdouts being left behind?
August 30, 2013 With NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro, the gang talks VMAs and depictions of government.
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Sarah Jarosz performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
August 27, 2013 Sarah Jarosz was still in high school when she signed her record deal, and she released her debut album shortly thereafter, but the versatile bluegrass star seemed to emerge fully formed in her music.
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Okkervil River's new album, The Silver Gymnasium, comes out Sept. 3.
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August 25, 2013 For Okkervil River's Will Sheff, it's been impossible to let go of Meriden, N.H., circa 1986. He pays tribute to that place and time in a nostalgia-fueled album that floats warmly in the soft spots separating childhood from adolescence.
As Melissa McCarthy's etiquette-minded character in Bridesmaids demonstrates, there's nothing wrong with wearing headphones on an airplane.
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August 22, 2013 How do we balance a need to interact with the outside world with a desire for music and alone time?
Volcano Choir's new album, Repave, comes out Sept. 3.
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August 18, 2013 If Justin Vernon never releases another record under the name Bon Iver — and he's publicly suggested that that might be the case — more albums like Repave would render the issue largely irrelevant. His second album with Volcano Choir is just that good.
Neko Case's new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, comes out Sept. 3.
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August 18, 2013 Case's gift for disarming commentary carries over to the quotable, thoughtful, frequently lovely songs on The Worse Things Get: She can be bracingly acerbic, boldly inspiring, or achingly tender while conveying equal, virtually boundless charisma.
Mother Falcon performs a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.
August 17, 2013 What makes the 17-member chamber-rock collective so alluring isn't its size, but rather the way it uses all its members in the service of great, snappy, stirring, frequently uplifting songs.
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August 15, 2013 A parent is throwing a dance party for her 8-year-old and needs upbeat, kid-friendly suggestions.
Alpine performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
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August 12, 2013 The Australian sextet crafts busily impeccable pop music with a danceable sway, prominent synths and the charming shared lead vocals of Phoebe Baker and Lou James. But the band does a tremendous job translating its sound to the spare confines of the NPR Music offices.
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No Age's new album, An Object, comes out August 20.
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August 11, 2013 The arty L.A. noise-rock duo's fourth album seethes stubbornly when it could have far more easily opened up at full blast and stayed there. A compact but searching 30 minutes of music, An Object hammers and wanders while upsetting and upending expectations.
Superchunk's new album, I Hate Music, comes out August 20.
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August 11, 2013 Infused with winning, strident energy, I Hate Music is the sound of a veteran band with its vitality intact, for which fun and fury are essential components of a life thoughtfully lived.
August 9, 2013 With special guest Audie Cornish, the gang discusses a new FX series, roles inhabited by many actors, and an assortment of happy-making things.
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August 9, 2013 On his first solo album, Jim James turns inward and recasts himself as a lost wanderer in search of redemption and comfort. Hear him perform as part of the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
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August 8, 2013 Getting a job writing about music isn't easy, but it can be done. Stephen Thompson has some advice.
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