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Former PM Edward Seaga Heralds Jamaica's Music

December 27, 2012 – Former prime minister Edward Seaga talks about 50 years of Jamaica's politics and music.


Natalia Lafourcade.

Listen Lo Que Mas Les Gustó: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2012

December 27, 2012 – Last week, Alt.Latino's hosts shared their favorite music of 2012. Now, it's the audience's turn.


An image provided by Spotify shows music artwork displayed on its mobile app.  Spotify began offering a free radio service for mobile devices in the U.S. in June. Before that, customers had to pay $10 per month to use its mobile app.

Read Music-Streaming Services Hunt For Paying Customers

December 27, 2012 – Pandora and Spotify have found it slow going as they wait for listening habits to shift.


Rye Rye.

Watch Rye Rye Just Wants To Be 'Young And Playful'

December 27, 2012 – Rye Rye's debut album was all set to be released in 2009, but then her life got in the way.


The Killers perform on the season finale of NBC's The Voice last week.

Watch The Killers Return, Guitar-Rock Holdouts In A Pop World

December 26, 2012 – One of few stadium-rock acts left on the radio, the band emerged from a five-year hiatus this fall.


John Mayer.

Read John Mayer On World Cafe WXPN

December 26, 2012 – Mayer reflects on his personal history and public image, and also plays songs from his new album. WXPN


Bonnie Raitt's new album is titled Slipstream.

Read Bonnie Raitt On World Cafe WXPN

December 26, 2012 – Hear the blues-rock legend play soul- and rock-infused blues songs from her new album, Slipstream. WXPN


Matraca Berg.

Listen Matraca Berg On Mountain Stage

December 26, 2012 – Hear the award-winning country songwriter and singer perform her second set from the Mountain Stage.


Catherine Russell.

Read Catherine Russell: The Fresh Air In-Studio Concert

December 26, 2012 – The standards singer performs several tracks from her solo album, Strictly Romancin'.


Read Double Take 'Toons: 2012: Scruggs and Summer

December 26, 2012 – Music lost many artists this year, such as Earl Scruggs and Donna Summer.

Clockwise from upper left: Low, FaltyDL, Jose James, Ileana Cabra, Earl Sweatshirt

Read 2013 Winter Music Preview

December 26, 2012 – Hear some of the music we're looking forward to in 2013, including records from Low and Josh Ritter.


Vic Flick's Riff Captures The Sound Of James Bond

December 26, 2012 – In 1962, Flick was a studio guitarist who was asked to give the James Bond theme more of a punch.


Ellie Goulding

Read Top 10 Top 40 Of 2012

December 26, 2012 – Ann Powers picks her favorite chart-topping, radio-dominating songs of 2012.


Perfume Genius.

Watch Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'

December 26, 2012 – The songwriter covers unsettling topics, like suicide and his mother's experience with sexual abuse.


The stars of 2012, online and on air (from left): Nate Ruess of fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy.

Read The Year In Pop Charts: Return Of The Monoculture

December 25, 2012 – Two things make for great years in pop: variety and shared pleasure. 2012 had both.

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