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Heaven's Jail.

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June 30, 2014 – Produced by Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck, the band makes "sensitive but not sappy" indie rock. WXPN

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Hurray for the Riff Raff performs live at KEXP's studios in Seattle.

Watch Hurray For The Riff Raff, 'Everybody Knows' (Live) KEXP

June 30, 2014 – Hear the genre-bending band perform the somber "Everybody Knows" live from the KEXP studios. KEXP

Cloud Boat's new album, Model of You, comes out July 8.

Read First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

June 29, 2014 – On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo develops its own distinctive, otherworldly dreamspace.

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Braid's new album, No Coast, comes out July 8.

Read First Listen: Braid, 'No Coast'

June 29, 2014 – The emo band's first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs.

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Cold Beat's new album, Over Me, comes out July 8.

Read First Listen: Cold Beat, 'Over Me'

June 29, 2014 – Cold Beat, the new project of Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew, is an exercise in controlled chaos.

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Joe Henry's latest album is Invisible Hour.

Read Joe Henry On Marriage And The Songs That Embody It

June 29, 2014 – The singer-songwriter discusses his new album, Invisible Hour, and performs a few songs live.

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Hozier.

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June 27, 2014 – Hear the Irish singer-songwriter perform "Take Me To Church" and three other songs on stage. WXPN

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Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Watch tUnE-yArDs In Concert

June 27, 2014 – See tUnE-yArDs recorded live in concert from the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Only one member of Quiet Riot remains from its early-'80s heyday — and the founding members are all gone. Does it matter?

Read When Should A 'Washed-Up' Band Pack It In?

June 27, 2014 – Quiet Riot tours with no original members. Is there a point where staying together is just silly?

Prom Body: 'Guttuggering'

Watch First Watch: Prom Body: 'Guttuggering'

June 27, 2014 – Watch singer Michael Fay experience a physical transformation in this jarringly beautiful video.

Hawk House may be the face of hip-hop's evolution, and we're all the better for it.

Read Heavy Rotation: Our Panel's 10 Favorite Songs Of The Year (So Far)

June 27, 2014 – Stream music from Hawk House, Jack White, Zara McFarlane, Beck, The Orwells, and more.

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This week's guest Quizmaster, drummer Mike Kinsella (Owls, Joan Of Arc, Owen, American Football)

Read Drum Fill Friday, With Mike Kinsella Of Owls

June 27, 2014 – Hear a series of drum fills hand-selected by percussionist Mike Kinsella and match them to the song.

Dean Wareham live at KCRW's studio.

Watch Dean Wareham, "The Dancer Disappears" (Live)

June 26, 2014 – The Galaxie 500 and Luna veteran visits Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform "The Dancer Disappears."

Strand Of Oaks.

Read Strand Of Oaks On World Cafe WXPN

June 25, 2014 – Timothy Showalter's new album, HEAL, functions as a cathartic memoir. Hear three songs. WXPN

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The members of Cold Beat, in a new video for their song "UV."

Watch First Watch: Cold Beat, 'UV'

June 25, 2014 – San Francisco's Cold Beat pummels the senses in a strobe-lit new video for the song "UV."

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