Alexi Murdoch's new album, Towards the Sun, will be released on March 8.
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February 27, 2011 Murdoch covers familiar singer-songwriter territory on his alluring new Towards the Sun: There's lots of love and heartache, troubled families and reflective meditations on the mysteries concealed in life's simplest moments. Hear the album in its entirety here until its release on March 8.
February 24, 2011 The Low Anthem chose a 100-year-old synagogue in Washington, D.C., for a live performance of its rustic mix of blues, folk and hymns. The concert was recorded live at the historic 6th and I Synagogue.
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Son Lux (Ryan Lott) works in his studio.
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February 23, 2011 The artist known as Son Lux enters his final week for writing and recording an entire album in just one month. His latest sketches include newly added vocals.
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February 22, 2011 How dare you include X?! And I see no mention of Y! The latest episode of All Songs Considered looks back at the music of the '90s. Give a listen and tell us which artists, songs and albums we should have included, but didn't.
New Kids of the Block in London, back in 1990.
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February 16, 2011 Now that Beavis and Butt-Head are coming back to MTV, it seems like a good time for us to look back on the '90s and some of the music that defined the decade.
The crowd celebrates at the 2010 Bonnaroo arts and music festival.
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February 15, 2011 Eminem, Arcade Fire, Robert Plant and Loretta Lynn are among the artists performing at this year's Bonnaroo festival. Event organizers announced the full lineup today.
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Covert art for The King Of Limbs as seen on Radiohead's website.
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February 14, 2011 The members of Radiohead say they'll make their latest full-length record, The King of Limbs, available for purchase and download this coming Saturday on the band's website. According to the site, they're calling it "the world's first newspaper album."
January 31, 2011 The band that crafted a beautiful world of sweet harmonies and delicate guitars on its 2008 self-titled debut will soon return with a highly anticipated follow-up.Titled Helplessness Blues, it comes out on May 3 from Sub Pop.
January 31, 2011 It got loud at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club when the punk-infused band Wavves and the garage-rock revivalists in Best Coast came together for a night of live music. Both bands were recorded live in concert on Jan. 31, 2011.
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January 30, 2011 After devoting a few years to more conventional folk- and country-flavored songs, Bright Eyes returns with an adventurous, career-defining work in The People's Key. Hear the album in its entirety before its Feb. 15 release date.
Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis.
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January 30, 2011 The band Telekinesis uses a backdrop of buzzing guitars, bouncing beats and ambient effects in its catchy songs about unrequited love. Telekinesis' new album, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, will stream here in its entirety until Feb. 15.
Michael Benjamin Lerner, the only permanent member of Telekinesis.
January 10, 2011 Hear a sneak preview of the upcoming new album from the band Telekinesis. The group makes unabashedly joyful pop music full of warmth and beauty. The new record, due out in February, is 12 Desperate Straight Lines.
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January 9, 2011 When the Chicago rock band Smith Westerns released its gritty and addictive debut in 2009, some fans wondered whether the group had enough staying power to release a worthy followup. Dye It Blonde shows that the young band has plenty of depth and a lot more to say. Hear the album in its entirety.
A snapshot of Andrew Kuo's chart of his top five albums of 2010, from The New York Times.
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December 17, 2010 Talk in the NPR Music office this morning focused on Andrew Kuo's eye-crossing chart of his Top 5 albums of 2010. Kuo, the obsessively analytical artist for The New York Times, has built a dizzying, color-coded grid that shows... something.
Belle and Sebastian
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December 16, 2010 Belle and Sebastian is wrapping up it's 2010 tour with a final stop in the band's hometown of Glasgow and wants you to see and hear it all. The band will live webcast video of the concert on NPR Music beginning at 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday, Dec. 21.
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