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Mates of State performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on September 21, 2011.

Watch Mates Of State: Tiny Desk Concert

October 5, 2011 – The band's performance in the NPR Music offices creates a vibe of ragged, awkward intimacy.


Mates of State's newest album is Mountaintops.

Read Mates Of State: Reaching Surprising New 'Mountaintops'

September 29, 2011 – The duo has been making music for 15 years, but its ebullient new album is still a sonic surprise.


Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, from the Mates of State video for "Palomino," off the band's new album Mountaintops.

Watch First Watch: Mates Of State, 'Palomino'

September 20, 2011 – See a new video for the song "Palomino," from the band's latest album, Mountaintops.

Clockwise from top: Tinariwen, Lykke Li, Eleanor Friedberger, John Maus.

Read New Mix: Lykke Li, A Fiery Furnace Goes Solo, More

June 22, 2011 – Hear new music from Eleanor Friedberger, Mates of State, Tinariwen and others.


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Listen The Best Of 'Song Of The Day'

September 19, 2010 – Song of the Day's editor talks about recent selections by O.M.D., Mates of State and more.


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Listen Mates Of State: Bathing Tom Waits In The Light Of The Sun

September 15, 2010 – Mates of State turns Waits' loping "Long Way Home" into a relentlessly sunny anthem.


Listen Mates Of State In Concert

April 4, 2009 – Hear the playfully innocent, unabashedly upbeat band in concert, with co-headliner Black Kids.


Listen Mates Of State On Mountain Stage

December 30, 2008 – The married couple performs sweet, catchy pop music from their two most recent albums.


Read Songs Of The Year: Best Music Of 2008

December 23, 2008 – Here are the 10 albums that Song of the Day editor Stephen Thompson treasured the most this year.

Listen The Year In Music From All Songs Considered

December 8, 2008 – Hear a far-reaching roundtable discussion of the year's best albums and biggest surprises.


Listen Mates Of State's Family Band Solution WXPN

August 21, 2008 – Re-Arrange Us finds the band celebrating a tricky balancing act of selflessness and style. WXPN


Listen Mates Of State: Pleading The Fifth

July 31, 2008 – In "Now," Mates of State's members jump feet-first into a clash of childhood and maturity.


Listen Mates Of State: Rock After Children KUT

July 10, 2008 – The duo explains its need to progress as a band and plays songs from Re-Arrange Us. KUT


Watch Mates of State 'Re-Arrange Us,' to Excellent Effect

May 28, 2008 – The married rock duo visits the BPP to play from their new album, Re-Arrange Us.


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