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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas.

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March 25, 2013 – After 30 years together, Depeche Mode will release its 13th album, the seductive Delta Machine. KCRW

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.

Read Merritt And Dinnerstein: Bridging Their Worlds

March 23, 2013 – The new album Night is the collaborative effort of an alt-country singer and a classical pianist.


Kenneth Pattengale (left) and Joey Ryan, who record as The Milk Carton Kids. Their new album is called The Ash & Clay.

Read The Milk Carton Kids: At Life's Crossroads, A Duo Looks Both Ways

March 23, 2013 – Both newly 30, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are nostalgic — and hopeful — on their new album.


Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.

Read Bebo Valdés, Giant Of Cuban Music, Is Dead

March 22, 2013 – The pianist, who enjoyed international fame late in life, was a prime mover of 20th Century Havana.

Dido's new album is The Girl Who Got Away.

Watch The 'Girl Who Got Away': Dido Gets Free

March 24, 2013 – The award-winning British singer is back with her fourth studio album.


Fans in the mosh pit during the performance of Liturgy at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Chicago, on July 14, 2012.

Watch Mosh Pit Math: Physicists Analyze Rowdy Crowd

March 22, 2013 – Two scientists walk into a heavy metal concert, and notice that fans behave like molecules in a gas.


The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.

Watch Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

March 21, 2013 – The mezzo with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations. Stevens died Wednesday at 99.

Baba Salah at his home in Bamako, Mali. On his new album, Dangay, he calls attention to what he describes as human-rights violations in the north.

Read Baba Salah: A Malian Musician Speaks To His Nation's Displaced

March 21, 2013 – Salah plays at a club in the capital where people gather to relax and "see images other than war."


Britney Spears performs during her 'Baby One More Time' tour.

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March 20, 2013 – A Supreme Court ruling may give a boost to a company that wants to be a used record store for MP3s.

Natalie Maines (center) at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival. Maines's band included her father, Lloyd Maines (seated left) and Ben Harper (seated right).

Read Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

March 19, 2013 – Big names and Next Big Things dominate SXSW, but acts between those poles interest Ann Powers more.

Jason Molina

Watch Jason Molina, A Folksinger Who Embodied The Best Of The Blues, Has Died

March 18, 2013 – Over a long and sometimes troubled career, Molina's songs made pain tangible and less terrifying.

50 years after the band was founded, The Zombies still count as a discovery for many attendees of SXSW. Here, Rod Argent (left) and Jim Rodford play to a warm reception on the festival's final night at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas.

Listen SXSW 2013, Day Five: Introductions And Goodbyes

March 18, 2013 – Tired feet and little sleep didn't stop the All Songs team from a great time in Austin this year.


Justin Timberlake performed Saturday at the Myspace Secret Show during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. His new album — his first in seven years — is The 20/20 Experience.

Watch Justin Timberlake's Musical Vision Isn't '20/20'

March 18, 2013 – The multifaceted star's first album since 2006, The 20/20 Experience, offers a muddy view of pop.


Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Watch Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room, We Have To Float In Like Goddesses'

March 17, 2013 – The Fleetwood Mac singer tells Ann Powers her lessons from a life at the peak of the music industry.

A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.

Watch How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

March 17, 2013 – An Argentine composer's vivid Passion According to St. Mark presents "a Latin American Jesus."


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