Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin in a 1994 performance.
March 28, 2014 Can you identify a song when it's stripped down to a just few seconds of isolated drum pounding?
March 25, 2014 Norwegian singer Monica Birkenes, a.k.a. Mr Little Jeans, makes sometimes epic pop with gnarled synths. Her latest video follows a trucker hopped up on drugs as he traverses his haunted past.
A mangled piano lies in a pile of garbage during cleanup efforts in New York City, following Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
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March 24, 2014 Swept away by a hurricane, crushed by baggage handlers, infested by cockroaches — nothing hurts quite like the destruction of a musical instrument.
March 10, 2014 The 2,000-plus acts playing SXSW this year offer a pool of names that can be endless recombined to form new fake bands, such as Baby Magic and Team Joe Orchestra.
Brass Bed performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
February 24, 2014 The four guys in the Louisiana band buck a long streak of bad luck on the road and make it to the NPR Music offices for a memorable performance.
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Nothing's debut album, Guilty of Everything, comes out March 4.
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February 23, 2014 The Philadelphia noise-rock band's debut full-length hits like a profoundly thoughtful, beautifully crushing wave of droning distortion.
February 14, 2014 Listeners share their favorite songs of love and loss for Valentine's Day.
February 10, 2014 Of all the possible mementos in life — from a handwritten letter to an old photo — few if any are ever as evocative as a song. We'd like to know about the song that takes you to a specific time or place or feeling, and why.
Death, in 1976. Left to right: David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney.
February 10, 2014 The Detroit proto-punk group Death had a short and mostly forgotten run in the 1970s, but its music has caught on in recent years. The band's groundbreaking work is remembered on a newly released song, from an upcoming compilation of Death demos.
Beck's 12th studio full-length, Morning Phase, will be released Feb. 25.
February 4, 2014 Beck has spent the years since 2008 on side projects. On the occasion of a new studio release, Beck discusses the value of creative playtime and why great music careers often start with a stumble.
February 3, 2014 Nobody's perfect, but some musicians create a body of work consistent enough to earn undying love. Who gets your free pass?
Scene from the Song Lux video "Alternate World."
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January 31, 2014 The electro-beat guru's song gets a steamy and thought-provoking treatment in its new video.
January 29, 2014 In its latest video, the band finds itself fretting about the trappings of adulthood: fears about making enough money, learning valuable life lessons and caring for their children.
A scene from The Zolas video "Ancient Mars."
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January 23, 2014 The mysterious case of Elisa Lam, who died while traveling alone in Los Angeles, inspires a transfixing new video from a Canadian pop duo.
The Wu Force, captured in an illustration by Michael Arthur.
January 16, 2014 While photographers click and shoot their way through live concerts, capturing the best moments in fractions of seconds, illustrator Michael Arthur prefers to preserve the highlights at what some might consider glacial speed.
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