April 25, 2013 The Flaming Lips first formed more than 30 years ago, and the group is still full of surprises. At an intimate club during the 2013 South by Southwest music festival, the band performed one of its most beloved albums, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, from start to finish. Watch a video of the full hour-long set here.
April 22, 2013 A spectacular new video for the California-based folk-pop group Yellow Red Sparks tells the epic story of a woman who dies, quite literally, of a broken heart. What happens to the man who rejected her is another story all together.
April 22, 2013 The death of Storm Thorgerson, who created classic album covers, including Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, gets us thinking about our favorite album covers of all time.
April 14, 2013 A sad parade of loneliness, death, fear and madness comes to life on an oddly buoyant album. Brass Bed's dark themes are wrapped in sunny melodies and mysterious synth sounds that ultimately dissolve into glorious chaos. It's part sonic exploration, part infectious pop and part noise rock.
April 10, 2013 NPR Music and the rest of the network is moving from its longtime home of 635 Mass. Ave. to new digs at 1111 North Capitol in D.C. It's got us a bit reflect-y on all the time gone by. What do you think is the best song about moving on?
April 5, 2013 For the band's latest video, the members of STRFKR dress in matching Buddy Holly suits and glasses and play stony faced, while a smiling couple and their children frolic at the beach. But things aren't what they first appear to be, and horror is right around the corner.
April 4, 2013 The singer and violinist Emily Wells is originally from Amarillo, Texas, but has since relocated to Los Angeles. On her latest album, Mama Acoustic Recordings, she sings a heartbreaking song about her new home and the people she loves there.
April 4, 2013 In Junip's latest video, director Mikel Cee Karlsson pair's the band's meditation on growing up with hypnotic, disturbing images of a mysterious (and seriously creepy) teenager who shakes up the loveless marriage of a middle-aged couple.
April 3, 2013 There probably isn't a single pair of headphones out there that will solve every problem and meet every listening need. But we asked you to tell us which ones you love the most. Here are five of the most-mentioned headphones.
April 3, 2013 Watch the noise-rock trio tear it up at the 2013 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Recorded live at Bar 96 for Filter Magazine's Dr. Martens Showcase, the band performs a heart-pounding version of "Wet Blanket" here.
April 2, 2013 On his latest video, for the song "You," London-based singer Keaton Henson bares the remains of a profoundly broken heart, while walking through the desolate landscape of the California desert.
March 28, 2013 The Louisiana band Gashcat makes fantastically catchy, idiosyncratic rock and pop songs that burst with joy. Gashcat returned to South by Southwest last month to give a thrilling, all-too-short performance. Watch the group perform "The Morning Sun" live in Austin, Texas.
March 27, 2013 Surfer Blood fans still have to wait a few months to hear its second album, Pythons, but the Florida band gave a preview of the record during shows at SXSW this year. Watch the group perform "Demon Dance" at the Warner Sound party at the Belmont in Austin, Texas.
March 26, 2013 Music has never been more portable. But unless you have a magic cone that hovers over you and plays music everywhere you go, you have to be tethered to headphones. The search for ones with the perfect sound and feel is never-ending, and seemingly futile.
March 24, 2013 The Music Is You showcases some of the late singer's most beloved songs, as performed by a cross-genre, cross-generational and entirely impressive mix of musicians. Lucinda Williams, Dave Matthews, My Morning Jacket, Emmylou Harris, Josh Ritter and others all turn up to pay tribute.