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Grizzly Bear's newest full-length, Shields, is one of a heaping handful of exciting new rock albums out this month.

Read What To Hear Now: This Month In Rock Records

September 11, 2012 – Critic Tom Moon discusses some of the albums he's most excited about this season.


The Avett Brothers' new album, The Carpenter, will be released on Sept. 11.

Read First Listen: The Avett Brothers, 'The Carpenter'

August 29, 2012 – The Carpenter dispenses hook-filled anthems amid introspective looks at mortality and devotion.

The Avett Brothers are real-life siblings Scott (left) and Seth Avett (right), and bass player Bob Crawford. The band's newest album is The Carpenter.

Read The Avett Brothers: Matters Of Life And Death

August 26, 2012 – The band's latest album focuses on mortality, a theme that has dominated the members' lives of late.


The Avett Brothers Field Recordings video shoot

Watch The Avett Brothers: Hot Tea And Honey WXPN

August 22, 2012 – Situated on a tour bus in a New Jersey parking lot, Seth and Scott Avett perform "Live and Die." WXPN

Top row (left to right): The Antlers, Cat Power; Middle row: Bill Fay, Sean Rowe, Nas; Bottom row: Christian Scott, JEFF The Brotherhood

Read Summer Music Preview

June 26, 2012 – Hear exclusive song premieres from The Avett Brothers, Cat Power, The Antlers and more.


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros perform a Tiny Desk Concert in 2009.

Read Memorable Moments From The Tiny Desk

August 10, 2011 – This week, All Songs Considered looks at three and a half years of live music at the NPR offices.


28th May 1974:  Teenage fans at a David Cassidy concert at White City, London.  (Photo by Tim Graham/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Read Cry Baby Cry: Songs That Make You Weep

July 19, 2011 – The All Songs gang and listeners spill on the tunes that bring them to tears.


In the depths of breakup-induced despair, even a trip to Chuck E. Cheese won't cure what ails you. You need songs that understand.

Read Bitter Pills For Bitter Pills: Five Essential Breakup Songs

February 10, 2011 – Follow the five stages of breakup music, from denial to a bitterness that masquerades as acceptance.

The Americana Music Awards

Listen The Best Of The Year In Americana FolkAlley

September 9, 2010 – Listen to the Americana Music Association's ninth annual awards concert in its entirety. FolkAlley


The Avett Brothers perform at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival.

Read The Avett Brothers In Concert: Newport Folk Festival 2010

August 1, 2010 – Hear the band give one of its warmly appealing, engagingly frenetic live shows live in Newport, R.I.

Screenshot of new Avett Brothers video

Watch Exclusive Premiere: New Avett Brothers Video

July 14, 2010 – See the spare but stunning new video for the band's song "Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise."


Listen Bonnaroo 2010: A Look Back

June 16, 2010 – The NPR Music gang examines some of the highlights from this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival.


The Avett Brothers

Read Bonnaroo 2010: The Avett Brothers In Concert

June 12, 2010 – Hear the band's high-energy, warm-hearted fusion of folk, bluegrass and rock, live from Bonnaroo.

Listen Hard-Rocking Folk: The Avett Brothers WXPN

December 29, 2009 – Hear the alternately pensive and frenetic roots-rock band in a session on World Cafe. WXPN


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