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Dave Bing and Ben Townsend.

Listen Dave Bing And Ben Townsend On Mountain Stage

The West Virginia natives, both widely respected in the world of string-band music, perform live.


The Barr Brothers.

Listen The Barr Brothers On World Cafe WXPN

The rootsy folk-rock band formed after its singer heard a harpist through his apartment wall. WXPN



Read Viking's Choice: Chumped, 'Name That Thing'

This catchy pop-punk song has a wistful quality befitting a desire to cling desperately to youth.


Sam Hunt has written hits for both Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. His debut album, Montevallo, is out on Oct. 27.

Read Are These The Next Crossover Country Stars?

Taylor Swift may have left Nashville, but up-and-coming singers show how country crosses over.


A portrait from the video to Doug Paisley's song "Until I Find You."

Watch Doug Paisley feat. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Until I Find You'

October 21, 2014 – Will Oldham may sing a verse, but the star of "Until I Find You" is visual artist Heather Goodchild.

Black Clouds.

Read Viking's Choice: Black Clouds, 'And Then I Dove'

October 21, 2014 – The D.C. instrumental rock band's hefty track sends vibrations through the chest.

Sierra Hull.

Listen Sierra Hull On Mountain Stage

October 21, 2014 – Hear a live performance from the prodigiously gifted bluegrass mandolin player and singer.



Read Viking's Choice: Wildhoney, 'Fall In'

October 21, 2014 – The Baltimore shoegaze band bends space with a seismic guitar before unleashing a cooing pop song.


Jukebox The Ghost.

Listen Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe WXPN

October 21, 2014 – The D.C. band plays briskly catchy, piano-based pop songs from its self-titled fourth record. WXPN



Watch First Watch: R.E.M. Documentary Trailer

October 21, 2014 – The Athens band and the video channel grew up together. A new documentary charts the rise of both.

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