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The Beatles look out of the Magical Mystery Tour coach skylight, on location in England in September 1967.

Read Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'

December 14, 2012 – TV critic David Bianculli reviews a new documentary about the 1967 Beatles film.



Watch First Watch: The Return Of Mercury Prize Finalist Villagers

December 11, 2012 – A new album, {Awayland}, will be out in the U.S. in April. Watch a video for "Nothing Arrived" now.

Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel... is a sustained mood piece, a series of intricate word puzzles swaddled in ferocious emotion.

Read Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 18, 2012 – From the inescapable "Call Me Maybe" to Fiona Apple, the Fresh Air critic counts down the year.


The Rolling Stones perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 8.

Read Should The Rolling Stones Hang It Up?

December 11, 2012 – Still performing after 50 years, the Stones make you wonder: Are aging rock stars the future?


Read Next: Leagues WXPN

December 10, 2012 – Hear two of the catchiest songs from the Nashville trio's forthcoming debut album, You Belong Here. WXPN



Read Alt-J On World Cafe WXPN

December 10, 2012 – The band, which takes its name from the mathematical symbol for change, just released its debut. WXPN


The dreamy cover image of The Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the work of illustrator John Craig.

Read 'Mellon Collie' Mystery Girl

December 7, 2012 – The visual icon of the Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album is a woman of multiple personalities.

Laetitia Sadier performs on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Laetitia Sadier KCRW

December 6, 2012 – Watch the former Stereolab singer perform "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe" live in the studio. KCRW

Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A.

Read For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets

December 5, 2012 – The surf-rock band spends a day hanging out at NPR and providing All Things Considered's soundtrack.



Read Jovanotti On World Cafe WXPN

December 5, 2012 – The Italian star plays pop and hip-hop songs — and talks about his recent "pilgrimage" to America. WXPN


Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean.

Read The Year In Music, 2012

December 5, 2012 – The All Songs Considered gang gabs about the year's biggest surprises, best new artists and more.



Read Stars On World Cafe WXPN

December 4, 2012 – The band plays songs from its new album and discusses the recording process with host David Dye. WXPN


The Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Omnibus includes 45 seven-inch singles highlighting local soul scenes from around the country.

Watch Saviors Of Local Soul: The Archival Science Of The Numero Group

December 4, 2012 – Reissue labels generally fly below the radar, but the Numero Group has made a name for itself.

Metz performs live on KEXP in Seattle.

Watch Metz: A Royal 'Headache' KEXP

December 4, 2012 – In 2012, the punk trio has made some of the loudest noise in music. Watch Metz perform "Headache." KEXP

The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it.

Watch A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey

December 4, 2012 – Nels Cline, Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp are among the 65 guitarists who recorded for the project.


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