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Alt-J Tiny Desk Performance NPR 2012

Watch Alt-J: Tiny Desk Concert

December 17, 2012 – The Mercury Prize-winning band plays angular, poetic, inventive music that takes unexpected turns.

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Someone took this Santa's violin.

Read The Mix: Jingle Jams WXPN

December 16, 2012 – From WXPN, hear a mix of holiday favorites and originals featuring The Beatles, U2, Adele and more. WXPN

Divine Fits at the KEXP studio in Seattle

Watch Divine Fits: One Of The 'Nicest' Songs Of 2012 KEXP

December 16, 2012 – Watch Britt Daniel's new band perform one of public radio's songs of 2012, "Would That Not Be Nice." KEXP

Rod Stewart is a Grammy-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He has two new releases this fall: the memoir Rod and the holiday album Merry Christmas, Baby.

Watch Rod Stewart: Big Dreams, Bigger Hair

December 16, 2012 – At 67, Stewart is finally tackling two rock-star milestones: a memoir and a Christmas album.

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The cover of Sofrito: International Soundclash, a compilation of Tropical music recently released by the Strut label.

Read Now That's What I Call A Compilation

December 13, 2012 – In the Internet era, single-artist albums are suffering, but compilations are thriving.

Asphyx.

Read Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – From straight-up death to a bluegrass 'n' black hybrid, these are the metal LPs that hurt so good.

NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.

Read Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – We count down the top 25 most popular records of the year from our listener poll.

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The Afghan Whigs on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: The Afghan Whigs KCRW

December 12, 2012 – Watch Greg Dulli and company power through Gentlemen's "Fountain and Fairfax" live at KCRW. KCRW

Yukon Blonde.

Read Yukon Blonde On World Cafe WXPN

December 12, 2012 – The Vancouver band visits David Dye to play unexpectedly sunny songs from its new album, Tiger Talk. WXPN

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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.

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Villagers

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.

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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?

Leagues.

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

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Alt-J.

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

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