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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.

Patrick Watson performs live in concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Watch Patrick Watson In Concert

November 16, 2012 – The gifted singer and pianist plays an emotional live set at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

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Patrick Watson (right).

Read Patrick Watson On World Cafe WXPN

October 11, 2012 – Watson makes music the way some directors make film: in three dimensions and with lots of emotion. WXPN

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Read NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

June 25, 2012 – Highlights from the first half of 2012 include albums from Jack White, Usher and Alabama Shakes.

Clockwise from upper left: Kishi Bashi, Simone White, Bobby Womack, Aleksa Palladino of Exitmusic, Sinead O'Connor.

Read Discussion: Our Favorite Music Of The Year (So Far)

June 12, 2012 – The All Songs gang discusses surprises, new artists, albums and songs from the first half of 2012.

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Patrick Watson performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

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May 31, 2012 – Watson has a lovely voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything he touches.

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Patrick Watson's new album, Adventures in Your Own Backyard, comes out May 1.

Read First Listen: Patrick Watson, 'Adventures In Your Own Backyard'

April 22, 2012 – If you could wear out an MP3, Bob Boilen's copy of this record would already have scratches.

Clockwise from upper left: Danger Mouse and Norah Jones, Patrick Watson, THEESatisfaction, Jonsi of the band Sigur Ros.

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March 27, 2012 – Hear a sneak preview of new music from Sigur Ros, a Norah Jones-Danger Mouse collaboration, more.

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The paint-splattered members of Venezuelan rock band La Vida Boheme won over NPR Music's team on the second day of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

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March 16, 2012 – Thursday brought NPR Music's day party, two performances by Bruce Springsteen and lots of emotion.

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Patrick Watson; courtesy of the artist

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October 27, 2010 – Borrowing as much from soul as it does from rock, "Sit Down Beside Me" is both lovely and haunting.

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Read Best Music Of 2009, From Bob Boilen

December 15, 2009 – All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his Top 10 favorite albums of 2009.

Listen Discussion: The Year In Music, 2009

December 14, 2009 – All Songs Considered looks at the best new bands, best songs, biggest surprises and more from 2009.

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Listen Patrick Watson, Live From CMJ 2009 KEXP

October 23, 2009 – Watson performs imaginative pop with a cinematic bent, live at the Mercury Lounge in New York. KEXP

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Listen What Are Your Favorite Songs Of 2009 So Far?

July 7, 2009 – Just past the halfway point of 2009, we're already thinking about the best music of the year.

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Watch Video: The Vibrant Songs Of Patrick Watson WNYC

May 11, 2009 – The Montreal-based singer-songwriter performs new songs at the studios of WNYC in New York. WNYC

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