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A common Oktoberfest practice is to serenade one's glass of hoppy goodness. Start learning the songs in this mix so you won't feel left out.

Read The Mix: Songs For Oktoberfest opbmusic

September 25, 2012 – Enjoy a brew or two as you listen to this mix in honor of the world's biggest beer festival. Prost! opbmusic

Gillian Welch performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival. Welch is up for two major awards at the 2012 Americana Music Festival.

Read The Mix: Americana Music Awards 2012 FolkAlley

September 6, 2012 – Join NPR Music and Folk Alley for a live webcast of the awards on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET. FolkAlley

Detroit rapper Danny Brown.

Listen Live Microphone Check: Hip-Hop From NPR Music

August 29, 2012 – We aim to bring you the full breadth of rap music, from old school classics to new school favorites.

A view of the crowd and harbor from Fort Adams at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.

Read Newport Jazz 2012: The Preview Mix WBGO

July 30, 2012 – Get ready for the festival with this mix of its artists, from living legends to young phenoms. WBGO

A Mardi Gras Indian performs at the 2008 Voodoo Music Experience festival, held in New Orleans City Park.

Read The Mix: New Orleans, Inside Out WWNO

July 23, 2012 – Listen to music from New Orleans and Louisiana that's inspired artists and countless dancing fans. WWNO

Jim James performs as "Yim Yames" at the Newport Folk Festival in 2010. James returns this year with My Morning Jacket as the festival's headlining act.

Read Newport Folk 2012: The Preview Mix FolkAlley

July 20, 2012 – Don't miss full festival coverage — including a live webcast — next week at NPR Music. FolkAlley

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 on July 14, 2012.

Read The Mix: The Woody Guthrie Centennial FolkAlley

July 10, 2012 – A mix to honor Guthrie's 100th birthday — and songs giving voice to working folks everywhere. FolkAlley

A silhouetted Jay-Z performs in Las Vegas.

Read The Mix: The Sound Of Your American Dream

July 1, 2012 – You chose songs that are hopeful, cynical, urgent and exuberant to describe your American Dream.

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs at the 2012 Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco.

Read The Mix: 100 Essential Noise Pop Songs KQED

June 25, 2012 – An introduction to the subgenre that embodies the yin and yang of melody and dissonance. KQED

This mix is best enjoyed in warm weather, near a large body of water, with your old school boombox turned up to 11.

Read NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

June 12, 2012 – Hear our 50 favorite ecstatic, joyful, surprising and swooning songs of the last six months.

Arabian Knightz, a hip-hop group from Cairo, Egypt.

Read Revolutionary Road: Music From Carthage To Cairo

June 4, 2012 – From traditional folk to new hip-hop, hear a mix of music now playing in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

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Ulises Hadjis.

Listen Live Alt.Latino Radio

June 1, 2012 – NPR's Alt.Latino spins Latin rock, hip-hop and psychedelic cumbia.

Underneath their helmets, the members of Daft Punk are actually listening to Making Time Radio.

Read The Mix: Making Time Radio WXPN

May 13, 2012 – Hear a mix of futuristic dancefloor fillers, including music from Four Tet, Grimes and Hot Chip. WXPN

The Beatles' "Michelle" won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1967.

Read The Muse Mix: 100 Songs That Cry Her Name JPR

April 23, 2012 – Listen to a mix of songs named after the women who inspired them, picked by Jefferson Public Radio. JPR

Bob Dylan's Bob Dylan came out on March 19, 1962. Few cared.

Read The Mix: 50 Failed First Impressions

March 19, 2012 – WNPR's Anthony Fantano highlights 50 debut albums that belied future greatness.

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