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The Front Bottoms performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in July 2013.

Watch The Front Bottoms: Tiny Desk Concert

August 19, 2013 – The community that's formed around The Front Bottoms speaks to the band's passion and compassion.


Franz Ferdinand's new album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, comes out August 27.

Read First Listen: Franz Ferdinand, 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action'

August 19, 2013 – Two years after a rumored breakup, the Glaswegian dance-rock band releases an energized new album.

Volcano Choir's new album, Repave, comes out Sept. 3.

Read First Listen: Volcano Choir, 'Repave'

August 18, 2013 – Repave is, for all intents and purposes, a Bon Iver record in Volcano Choir's clothing.

Neko Case's new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, comes out Sept. 3.

Read First Listen: Neko Case, 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...'

August 18, 2013 – Case remains essentially peerless: No one sounds like her, so every revelation feels altogether new.

The insanely prolific, mega-awesome rock guitarist and singer Ty Segall.

Listen For Rocker Ty Segall, Hard Times Lead To A Softer Sound

August 17, 2013 – Ty Segall speaks candidly about the family tragedy and strife that led to his new album, Sleeper.


Camera Obscura.

Read Camera Obscura On World Cafe WXPN

August 16, 2013 – Listen to Tracyanne Campbell and her band perform songs from their latest album, Desire Lines. WXPN


Metallica at a packed concert this week at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Read An American Headliner In China: Metallica's Shanghai Debut

August 15, 2013 – Improved venues and a growing fan base are drawing more international acts to China.


Mikal Cronin.

Read Mikal Cronin On World Cafe WXPN

August 15, 2013 – Hear the San Francisco singer-guitarist perform songs from his recent second album, MCII. WXPN



Read Violins Swarm In SubRosa's Heavy 'Dead Empire'

August 15, 2013 – The doom-metal band looks back to America's folk roots for something darker and more soulful.

Daughn Gibson.

Read Daughn Gibson On World Cafe WXPN

August 14, 2013 – The singer shares songs and stories about his distinctive blend of country and electronic music. WXPN


Clockwise from upper left: Cults, Lily and Madeleine, Kishi Bashi, The Avett Brothers

Read New Music: Cults, Avett Brothers, Kishi Bashi, More

August 13, 2013 – Great songs from favorites old (Cults, The Avett Brothers) and new (Weed, Lily & Madeleine).


French indie-rock band Phoenix performs on stage at the 13th Annual Non-COMMvention in Philadelphia in May.

Read Phoenix On World Cafe WXPN

August 12, 2013 – The French indie-rock band performs new songs from its latest album in Philadelphia. WXPN

No Age's new album, An Object, comes out August 20.

Read First Listen: No Age, 'An Object'

August 11, 2013 – A compact but searching half-hour of music, An Object is fussy and jagged, but ultimately ambitious.

Ty Segall's new album, Sleeper, comes out August 20.

Read First Listen: Ty Segall, 'Sleeper'

August 11, 2013 – After his father's death, the prolific garage-rock revivalist returns with a heartfelt album.

Superchunk's new album, I Hate Music, comes out August 20.

Read First Listen: Superchunk, 'I Hate Music'

August 11, 2013 – Infused with winning energy, I Hate Music is the sound of a veteran band with its vitality intact.

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