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Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.

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March 14, 2013 – Kim sold some of the earliest work of DJ Quik and Eazy-E when few stores would sell their music.


Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.

Watch The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

March 14, 2013 – First get millions of fans, then the recording contract: still a new idea in classical music.

Karen O led the Yeah Yeah Yeahs through a set at Stubb's that included songs from the band's new album, Mosquito.

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March 14, 2013 – The best performances from the second day in Austin were by musicians who knew how to take control.


Dave Grohl gives the keynote speech at SXSW 2013.

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March 14, 2013 – Watch Dave Grohl discuss his long career — from punk to Foo — in the 2013 SXSW keynote address.


At age 71, nearly 50 years after his first album, guitarist Harry Taussig is releasing a follow-up — and making his concert debut at South by Southwest.

Read At SXSW, A 71-Year-Old Guitarist Makes A Belated Debut

March 14, 2013 – This week in Austin, Harry Taussig is performing in public for the first time.


Before ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons (second from right) was in the more psychedelic Moving Sidewalks.

Read The Moving Sidewalks: Where The British Invasion Met Texas Blues

March 13, 2013 – Before he became the guitarist for ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons was in a band called the Moving Sidewalks.


Jim James onstage during the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Music festival in Austin, Texas.

Listen SXSW 2013, Day One: Beards, Snuggies And Gourmet Rap

March 13, 2013 – The All Songs crew picks their favorite performers from the first night of SXSW 2013.


Composer and producer Adrian Younge has produced two new albums: one with William Hart of The Delfonics and another with rapper Ghostface Killah.

Watch Adrian Younge: Looking Back To Move Hip-Hop Forward

March 12, 2013 – Spaghetti Westerns, Philadelphia soul, opera and Wu-Tang come together in the producer's music.


Toro y Moi's latest album is titled Anything in Return.

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March 11, 2013 – For electro-pop artist Toro y Moi, change is hard — but not necessarily uncomfortable.


Big Boys in West Texas on the way to California in 1982. Randy "Biscuit" Turner is at the left, Chris Gates at the right, and Tim Kerr at the back.

Watch When Punk Met Funk, Deep In The Heart Of Texas

March 11, 2013 – The most fun strain of punk music came out of Austin, courtesy of the Big Boys.

Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing songs since they were 15 and independently released their first full-length album in 1999. Since then, they've produced seven studio albums.

Watch Tegan And Sara Reach Out To New Audiences

March 11, 2013 – The twin sisters from Canada depart from their indie roots to try their hands at pop.


Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.

Read Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

March 9, 2013 – A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as "The Architect of Bop."


Dave Grohl reunited with his old friend Butch Vig (at console), the producer of Nirvana's Nevermind, for the making of Sound City: Real to Reel.

Watch Dave Grohl Finds Music's Human Element — In A Machine

March 8, 2013 – Grohl's new documentary explores how a piece of equipment in one L.A. studio changed music history.


Michael Stipe broods on the cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" single. Earlier this year, a remarkably cheery-sounding major-key version of the song appeared online.

Watch Can You Make Sad Songs Sound Happy (And Vice Versa)?

March 8, 2013 – Converting songs in minor keys to major ones raises questions about how the brain processes music.


Tame Impala.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

March 26, 2013 – Download songs by CHVRCHES, Joey Bada$$, Frightened Rabbit, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Tame Impala.


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