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The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.

Watch The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'

June 12, 2013 – One of rock's perpetual underdogs has endured and survived the irony-laden swagger of the aughts.

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Singer Merry Clayton performs in Hollywood during a celebration of Carole King and her music.

Read '20 Feet From' The Spotlight, There's Singing Worthy Of One

June 12, 2013 – A new documentary profiles backup singers whose voices you know, but whose names you probably don't.

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Fame Studio

Read Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

June 12, 2013 – Ace Records has a new CD of demos from songwriter Dan Penn, who's crafted dozens of soul classics.

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Two Inch Astronaut.

Read Two Inch Astronaut: Go Directly To 'Spank Jail'

June 12, 2013 – Two Inch Astronaut plays reckless, irresponsibly catchy nerd music for who those who plug in.

Angélica Negrón gives Q2 Music a tour of her apartment.

Watch Angélica Negrón On Q2 Music's 'Spaces' Q2

June 12, 2013 – Watch the creative Puerto Rican-born composer show off her vintage keyboards and music boxes. Q2

Very excited child who does not work for MTV. He's just as surprised as the rest of us. (Probably.)

Read MTV Promises To Be About Music For An Entire Half Of A Day

June 12, 2013 – On July 4th, MTV will be about music for 12 entire hours. Try to contain your shock.

Alan Reid

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Alan Reid

June 12, 2013 – Three decades later, Fiona Ritchie meets up with the man who was her very first radio interview.

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Don Byron.

Listen Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet: Live In Concert WBGO

June 12, 2013 – The clarinetist takes on the bluesy music of Southern gospel standard-bearer Thomas Dorsey. WBGO

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Tim Easton.

Listen Tim Easton On Mountain Stage

June 12, 2013 – With a voice often likened to Rod Stewart's, the singer performs songs from his latest album.

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Boards of Canada's new album is titled Tomorrow's Harvest.

Watch Boards Of Canada Tap A Devout Following To Push New Album

June 12, 2013 – By leaking details of its new release in code, the electronic duo worked the press game backwards.

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Low Cut Connie.

Read Low Cut Connie On World Cafe WXPN

June 11, 2013 – The piano-pounding Philadelphia rock band plays songs from its newest album, Call Me Sylvia. WXPN

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Clockwise from upper left: Kacey Musgraves, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Valerie June, Chance The Rapper, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

Listen Discussion: The Year In Music (So Far), 2013

June 11, 2013 – All Songs Considered shares its favorite albums, new artists, songs and surprises of 2013 so far.

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NPR Music's 25 favorite albums of the year (so far)

Read NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

June 11, 2013 – NPR Music's favorite albums of 2013's first half often keep their boundaries blurry.

Daft Punk in the video for "Get Lucky," one of NPR Music's favorite songs of the year so far.

Read NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013 (So Far)

June 11, 2013 – Let the record show that these are the songs we were feeling during the first half of 2013.

Horse Feathers.

Listen Horse Feathers On Mountain Stage

June 11, 2013 – The string-laden indie-folk band, on its first trip to Alaska, plays songs from Cynic's New Year.

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