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Frightened Rabbit.

Watch Frightened Rabbit: Rock With A Scottish Brogue KCMP

April 2, 2013 – Watch the Scottish rock band perform an acoustic version of "The Woodpile" in The Current's studios. KCMP

Waxahatchee's new album is titled Cerulean Salt.

Read Next: Waxahatchee WXPN

April 1, 2013 – Singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield's new album, Cerulean Salt, is a bare evocation of youth. WXPN

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Richard Thompson.

Read Guitar God Richard Thompson Plays 'Electric,' Acoustic WXPN

April 1, 2013 – The folk-rock legend, now 45 years into his career, plays songs from his new album, Electric. WXPN

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Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: Kurt Vile, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

March 31, 2013 – The laid-back Philadelphia guitarist's transfixing new album is arguably his best yet.

Villagers' new album, {Awayland}, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: Villagers, '{Awayland}'

March 31, 2013 – Villagers' Conor O'Brien has a great gift for songs that almost always turn something on its head.

Issue 16 of the original run of Crawdaddy!, from June 1968.

Watch Remembering Paul Williams, Founder Of Rock Magazine 'Crawdaddy!'

March 30, 2013 – Paul Williams started the first American rock magazine as a college student in 1966.

The members of Efterklang in Piramida: Mads Brauer (left), Rasmus Stolberg (center) and Casper Clausen.

Watch A Ghost Story With A Puzzle: Efterklang's New Video

March 29, 2013 – The band who recorded an album in a ghost town makes a video that centers around a ghost story.

Comedown Machine, the fifth studio album by The Strokes.

Read 10 Great Album Art Fake-Outs

March 28, 2013 – The album cover for The Strokes' new Comedown Machine is meant to look like a 1970s tape-reel box.

Gashcat performs at Javelina in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2013.

Watch Gashcat: NPR Front Row

March 28, 2013 – Watch the fabulously chaotic rock band perform "The Morning Sun" live at South by Southwest.

VHÖL is (left to right) Sigrid Sheie, John Cobbett, Mike Scheidt and Aesop Dekker.

Read VHÖL Runs Off The Rails, 'Insane With Faith'

March 28, 2013 – Members of Agalloch, YOB, and Hammers of Misfortune form this raw and adventurous metal band.

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon in 2009, after the release of his mostly acoustic debut album, but before the group's second album, which includes the '80s-inspired saxophone jam "Beth/Rest." (Yes, we noticed that his guitar is plugged in.)

Watch Why 'Unplugged' Recordings Last

March 28, 2013 – Why do some songs just sound better when you strip away all of the frills?

Ashley Paul.

Read Ashley Paul Incites A Microscopic Riot On 'Watch Them Pass'

March 27, 2013 – The singer-songwriter usually makes a racket, but here finds melancholy in simplicity.

Screenshot from the video for Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula."

Watch Phospohorescent's Single-Shot Video For 'Zula'

March 27, 2013 – A video for Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula" wraps metaphorical chains around a story of heartbreak.

Cold War Kids' Nathan Willett performs at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for a crowd of KCRW supporters.

Watch KCRW Presents: Cold War Kids KCRW

March 27, 2013 – Watch the California band perform "Tuxedo" at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW. KCRW

Surfer Blood at SXSW 2013

Watch Surfer Blood: NPR Front Row

March 27, 2013 – Watch the Florida rock band perform "Demon Dance," a perfect preview of its second album, Pythons.

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