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Dallas Green, once a member of the post-hardcore group Alexisonfire, now makes much quieter music as City and Colour. His fourth solo album is The Hurry and the Harm.

Read City And Colour: A Musician Unplugs To Make A Connection

June 1, 2013 – Dallas Green, formerly of the post-hardcore group Alexisonfire, is making quieter music on his own.


Valerie June's first album, Pushin' Against A Stone, will be out in August.

Read Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original

May 31, 2013 – Few musicians find a way to make music that sounds old but feels new. Here are five who do.

Outside the Woody Guthrie Center, there's a large mural of Guthrie holding his guitar bearing the phrase, "This Machine Kills Fascists."

Read Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

May 28, 2013 – Guthrie's relationship with his home state is complicated. A new space aims to change that.


The SteelDrivers.

Listen The SteelDrivers On Mountain Stage

May 28, 2013 – The band mixes soul and bluegrass on its new album, Hammer Down. Hear six songs, recorded live.


The Avett Brothers.

Read The Avett Brothers On World Cafe WXPN

May 27, 2013 – Hear the dynamic, thought-provoking folk-rock band play songs from its latest album, The Carpenter. WXPN


Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

Listen Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn On Mountain Stage

May 27, 2013 – Appearing as a duo for the first time, Fleck and Washburn employ revolutionary banjo techniques.


Laura Marling's new album, Once I Was an Eagle, comes out May 28.

Read First Listen: Laura Marling, 'Once I Was An Eagle'

May 19, 2013 – The folksinger takes a remarkable journey over the course of 16 hypnotic, subtly inventive songs.

Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South.

Read Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

May 17, 2013 – Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."


Laura Stevenson.

Read Next: Laura Stevenson WXPN

May 13, 2013 – The death-obsessed singer-songwriter explores a dark, folk-infused sound on her new album, Wheel. WXPN


Buddy Miller and Jimmy Lauderdale perform a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Watch Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale: Tiny Desk Concert

May 13, 2013 – The veteran country players mix corny humor, musical merrymaking and timeless vocal harmonies.


The Handsome Family's new album, Wilderness, comes out May 14.

Read First Listen: The Handsome Family, 'Wilderness'

May 12, 2013 – The duo returns with an album about wildlife, with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction.

Billy Bragg.

Read Billy Bragg On World Cafe WXPN

May 6, 2013 – The British singer-songwriter plays songs from his introspective new album, Tooth & Nail. WXPN


The Handsome Family.

Watch What's Behind The Glass? A New Handsome Family Video

May 6, 2013 – The Handsome Family's song "Woodpecker" tells the true story of the Wisconsin Window Smasher.

Iron and Wine's new album is titled Ghost on Ghost.

Read Iron And Wine: Words Like Seedlings

April 29, 2013 – Sam Beam says he isn't "worried about people understanding exactly what's happening" in any song.


The Lone Bellow.

Read The Lone Bellow On World Cafe WXPN

April 29, 2013 – The folk-rock trio plays songs from its debut album and discusses its lyrical inspiration. WXPN


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