provided by:

Music archive

Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill.

Watch Kings Of Leon: Back With The 'Comeback Story Of A Lifetime'

September 24, 2013 – The gritty Southern rock group picks up where it left off with Mechanical Bull.


Moby's new album, Innocents, comes out Oct. 1.

Read First Listen: Moby, 'Innocents'

September 24, 2013 – Innocents feels like the work of an artist who's been liberated to pursue beauty and emotion.


Read World Cafe Next: Ásgeir WXPN

September 23, 2013 – Hear two songs from the 21-year-old Icelandic singer's best-selling debut album, In the Silence. WXPN


Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."

Watch Elton John: The Fresh Air Interview

September 23, 2013 – The pop star tells Terry Gross about how Liberace inspired him to make the piano a star instrument.


Ray LaMontagne

Read Vintage Cafe: Ray LaMontagne WXPN

September 23, 2013 – In this archival recording, the singer-songwriter performs songs from a 2010 album with his band. WXPN


Memphis rock band Oblivians.

Watch Oblivians, 'Em' (Live) KEXP

September 23, 2013 – Watch Memphis garage rockers Greg Cartwright, Jack Yarber and Eric Friedl perform "Em" at KEXP. KEXP

Tech-house giants Booka Shade.

Listen Metropolis: Booka Shade, Four Tet, Zero 7 KCRW

September 23, 2013 – Hear a two-hour mix of the best new electronic dance music by Metropolis host Jason Bentley. KCRW


Elf Power's new album, Sunlight on the Moon, comes out Oct. 1.

Read First Listen: Elf Power, 'Sunlight On The Moon'

September 22, 2013 – The veteran psychedelic rock band returns with a surprisingly dark new album, its best in a decade.

Oneohtrix Point Never's new album, R Plus Seven, comes out Oct. 1.

Read First Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never, 'R Plus Seven'

September 22, 2013 – Daniel Lopatin's new album isn't a dance album, but it's alive with vibrations from the dance floor.

?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost.

Watch ?uestlove And Elvis Costello On Writing Together

September 22, 2013 – Costello and The Roots have forged one of the more unusual, invigorating partnerships of the year.


J. Roddy Walston & The Business' new album is called Essential Tremors.

Read From A Punished Piano, A Rollicking Sound

September 22, 2013 – Rockers J. Roddy Walston & the Business bring their frenzied live show into NPR's studios.


Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30.

Read First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations'

September 21, 2013 – The pianist explores Bach's harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code."

The Whisky a Go Go club on the storied Sunset Strip, once the hub L.A.'s music scene, acknowledged the May 2013 death of The Doors' keyboardist on its marquee: "Rest In Peace Ray Manzarek, Thanks for the Memories."

Read Walking The Sunset Strip, A Fading Beacon Of Cool

September 21, 2013 – The future of the district where The Doors and Jane's Addiction launched careers is in question.


Cristina Pato Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

Watch The Cristina Pato Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

September 21, 2013 – A Galician bagpiper and her trio take Celtic sounds in an entirely wild and wonderful direction.


Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.

Read Leonard Bernstein's Unconventional 'Anxiety'

September 21, 2013 – For conductor Marin Alsop, Bernstein's Age of Anxiety is a musical quest into life's big questions.


NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor