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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Watch Depeche Mode: A Dark And Steady 'Machine' KCRW

March 25, 2013 – After 30 years together, Depeche Mode will release its 13th album, the seductive Delta Machine. KCRW

Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.

Read Bebo Valdés, Giant Of Cuban Music, Is Dead

March 22, 2013 – The pianist, who enjoyed international fame late in life, was a prime mover of 20th Century Havana.

The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.

Watch Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

March 21, 2013 – The mezzo with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations. Stevens died Wednesday at 99.

Britney Spears performs during her 'Baby One More Time' tour.

Read Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s?

March 20, 2013 – A Supreme Court ruling may give a boost to a company that wants to be a used record store for MP3s.

Natalie Maines (center) at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival. Maines's band included her father, Lloyd Maines (seated left) and Ben Harper (seated right).

Read Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

March 19, 2013 – Big names and Next Big Things dominate SXSW, but acts between those poles interest Ann Powers more.

Jason Molina

Watch Jason Molina, A Folksinger Who Embodied The Best Of The Blues, Has Died

March 18, 2013 – Over a long and sometimes troubled career, Molina's songs made pain tangible and less terrifying.

Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Watch Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room, We Have To Float In Like Goddesses'

March 17, 2013 – The Fleetwood Mac singer tells Ann Powers her lessons from a life at the peak of the music industry.

Strachwitz and Ry Cooder backstage at Arhoolie's 50th anniversary celebration.

Watch Arhoolie Records: 50 Years Of Digging For Down-Home Music

March 16, 2013 – Chris Strachwitz began distributing hard-to-find blues, Cajun and Latino music in the early 1960s.

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Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.

Read The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

March 15, 2013 – The charismatic musician has backed Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King and toured with The Beach Boys.

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Wan Joon Kim (right), with his son Kirk and wife, Boo Ja, at their stall inside the Compton Swap Meet last January.

Watch Gangsta Rap Swap Meet Proprietor Wan Joon Kim Has Died

March 14, 2013 – Kim sold some of the earliest work of DJ Quik and Eazy-E when few stores would sell their music.

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A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.

Watch Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

March 14, 2013 – Before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played Charles Gounod's Pontifical March.

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.

Read Breaking: Pope Francis Loves Opera

March 13, 2013 – Pretty much the first thing that Cardinal Egan shared about the new pontiff? That he loves opera.

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson samples his band's latest offering, Trooper ale, made with what he calls "our special secret-squirrel recipe."

Read The Ale That Men Brew: Iron Maiden Serves Up A Beer

March 13, 2013 – Three decades after giving the world The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden is set to release a beer.

Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.

Read Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

March 9, 2013 – A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as "The Architect of Bop."

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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