Ross Flournoy, former guitarist and singer for The Broken West, formed a new band, Apex Manor, after reading Carrie's challenge to write and record a song in a single weekend. Chloe Aftel hide caption

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Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl record and perform together as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, performing with the band, live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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The Binary Marketing Show is Bethany Carder and Abram Morphew, from Brooklyn, NY. Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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Superchunk performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Shantel Mitchell for NPR hide caption

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Even in a crowded field, Sharon Van Etten stands out as one of the most beguiling songer-songwriters around. Allison Kaye hide caption

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Strange creatures take the stage in Of Montreal's spectacular performance at the 9:30 Club, in Washington, D.C. Shantel Mitchell hide caption

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