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NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.

Read Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – We count down the top 25 most popular records of the year from our listener poll.


The Afghan Whigs on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: The Afghan Whigs KCRW

December 12, 2012 – Watch Greg Dulli and company power through Gentlemen's "Fountain and Fairfax" live at KCRW. KCRW

Yukon Blonde.

Read Yukon Blonde On World Cafe WXPN

December 12, 2012 – The Vancouver band visits David Dye to play unexpectedly sunny songs from its new album, Tiger Talk. WXPN


Robin Thicke performs in Feburary. His song, "Another Life" leaked on the Internet this summer, but didn't land on the charts.

Watch Top 5 Slept-On R&B Songs Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – Many singers made great R&B away from the mainstream this year. Here are five worth your attention.

Britain's Alt-J was this year's Mercury Prize winner, for the band's debut album An Awesome Wave. The group is also Bob Boilen's pick for Album Of The Year.

Read Bob Boilen's Top Albums And Songs Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – The All Songs Considered host lists the 10 albums and 30 songs he loved most this year.

A Sitar Player On The Unique Instrument Shankar Made Famous

December 12, 2012 – Sitar player Brian Q. Silver remembers the legendary Ravi Shankar who died Tuesday at the age of 92.


Miguel's killer 2012 began with the release of three free Art Dealer Chic mixtapes. His second full-length album, Kaleidoscope Dream, followed in  September.

Read Ann Powers' Top Albums And Songs Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – Ann Powers' favorite music in 2012 combined hooks, back story, innovation and individuality.

Alan Stivell

Listen Thistle And Shamrock: Essential Celtic

December 12, 2012 – It's a tall order but we have some suggestions this week to enhance any collection.


Cat Power (Chan Marshall) put out the best record of her career in 2012, with the triumphant Sun.

Read Robin Hilton's Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – It was a good year for albums that were big and loud.

Japandroids' music celebrates the joy of a life lived loudly.

Read Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – It was a tremendous year for upbeat music that reflected on aging and ennui in wise, wonderful ways.

The Beatles look out of the Magical Mystery Tour coach skylight, on location in England in September 1967.

Read Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'

December 12, 2012 – TV critic David Bianculli reviews a new documentary about the 1967 Beatles film.


Ke$ha's new album is titled Warrior.

Read Ke$ha: A 'Warrior' In Search Of Legitimacy

December 12, 2012 – On her new album, the pop star tries to show that she's not just in the business for the money.


Colbie Caillat's new holiday album is called Christmas in the Sand.

Watch Colbie Caillat: Songs For A Holiday In The Sun

December 12, 2012 – Caillat's new album reminds listeners that the holidays don't mean cold weather for everyone.


Ravi Shankar circa 1960 in the U.K.

Watch Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies

December 12, 2012 – The sitar master and composer worked with George Harrison, Yehudi Menuhin, Philip Glass and more.


Musician Ravi Shankar performs at the Concert For Bangladesh benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 1, 1971. Shankar died Tuesday. He was 92.

Listen Sitar Virtuoso Ravi Shankar Dies At 92

December 11, 2012 – He made Indian classical music popular in the West, collaborating with The Beatles and others.


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