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Witch Mountain.

Listen Song Premiere: Witch Mountain, 'Bloodhound'

October 11, 2012 – The single transitions from an abyssal doom-metal riff into guitarist Rob Wrong's nastiest solo yet.


Read Ron Miles Finds Wide-Open Spaces On 'Quiver'

October 11, 2012 – For Miles, the better he knows how a tune works, the less he has to play to put it across.


Thomas Bartlett, a.k.a. Doveman.

Read World Cafe Presents: The Burgundy Stain Sessions WXPN

October 11, 2012 – Download five songs captured at intimate, minimally rehearsed New York salons hosted by Doveman. WXPN

Students take part in a demonstration to commemorate the massacre of Tlatelolco, in Mexico City, on Oct. 2, 2012.

Listen El Pueblo Unido: More Latin American Protest Songs

October 11, 2012 – Gustavo Arellano guest-hosts an Alt.Latino episode about political music from Chile, Cuba and more.


Robert Schumann may have been the first to infuse a yearning for music of the past in his own compositions.

Listen Schumann's Culture Of Musical Nostalgia

October 11, 2012 – The pianist asserts Robert Schumann was the first to imbue a longing for the past in his own music.


The Hardware: The Rio, a portable MP3 player introduced by Diamond Multimedia in 1998, had 32MB of internal memory, just about enough to hold one 35-minute album of MP3s encoded at 128 kBps.

Read Taking Stock Of The MP3 At Midlife

October 11, 2012 – How the tiny digital file took down the mighty CD and came to dominate the music industry.

Cover art to the 1957 recording Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk.

Read Thelonious Monk And Art Blakey: 24 Years Of Telepathy

October 10, 2012 – The pianist and the drummer were born two years and one day apart. They worked together for decades.

The duo Gold and Soil remixes The Silver Lake Chorus' "From the Snow Tipped Hills."

Read Song Premiere: Gold And Soil, 'From The Snow Tipped Hills' (Remix)

October 10, 2012 – Gold and Soil keeps the 25-member Silver Lake Chorus' moodiness, but slices the vocals to ribbons.


Debo Band.

Read Debo Band On World Cafe

October 10, 2012 – With its Ethiopian roots, the group infuses its worldly sound with funk, R&B, rock and brass music.


Clotilde Arias (seated) with composer and arranger Terig Tucci, circa 1943.

Read An Immigrant's 'Star-Spangled Banner,' En Espanol

October 10, 2012 – Commissioned by the U.S. in 1945, "El Pendon Estrellado" was lost to history — until recently.


The Minnesota Orchestra is one of many orchestras around the country dealing with labor disputes.

Read During Lockout Season, Orchestra Musicians Grapple With Their Future

October 10, 2012 – American symphonies have just begun a new season — but many musicians have yet to play a note.


Industrial engineer Scott Summit made this guitar out of nylon powder.

Read You, Too, Can Print Your Own Guitar

October 10, 2012 – An engineer dreamed of being a rock star. It didn't happen, but he did make a guitar out of powder.


Loreena McKennitt

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Words, Verses, Music

October 10, 2012 – Poetry tells the story this week, with songs and tunes inspired by poets' lives and works.


Tori Amos live from (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Watch Front Row: Tori Amos

October 10, 2012 – Amos re-imagines her gorgeous and groundbreaking catalog in this exclusive live concert broadcast.

Milo Greene in the studio at KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Milo Greene KCRW

October 10, 2012 – Watch the rising L.A. folk-rock quintet perform a harmony-rich rendition of its song "1957." KCRW

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