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In Bernie, Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story.

Listen Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder

January 1, 2013 – Actor Jack Black plays a funeral director who murders his live-in companion in Bernie.

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"Rose Tattoo," by the Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, memorializes the grandfather of singer and bassist Ken Casey (left of center, at table).

Watch Dropkick Murphys: A 'Rose Tattoo' Tells A Life Story

January 1, 2013 – The new single from the Irish punk band serves as a memorial to singer Ken Casey's grandfather.

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Alabama Shakes' members infuse rock 'n' roll with soul, blues and country.

Read Alabama Shakes On World Cafe WXPN

December 31, 2012 – Hear the rock 'n' roll quartet perform its enthusiastic, soulful songs live in the studio. WXPN

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Detail from the Berberian Sound Studio poster. Broadcast was working on the soundtrack music for the film when singer Trish Keenan died in early 2011.

Read First Listen: Broadcast, 'Berberian Sound Studio'

December 30, 2012 – Broadcast's Trish Keenan died two years ago, but she left behind this gorgeous tapestry of sound.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke leads Atoms for Peace, his supergroup with Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.

Watch It's Never Early To Think About 2013's Best Music

December 30, 2012 – Hear about anticipated albums for 2013 by Atoms for Peace, Aaron Neville, Rhye and more.

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Beck's newest album, Song Reader, is a collection of sheet music intended to be arranged and recorded by his fans.

Read Beck Explains 'Song Reader,' An Album Fans Perform Themselves

December 29, 2012 – The shape-shifting musician's latest release is less an album than a blueprint.

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The Cash family house today.

Read Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

December 29, 2012 – With guidance from Cash's siblings, the tiny, dilapidated house is being painstakingly restored.

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Lord Huron.

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December 28, 2012 – Singer Ben Schneider is the creative force behind the rhythmically inventive folk-pop band. WXPN

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The Killers perform on the season finale of NBC's The Voice last week.

Watch The Killers Return, Guitar-Rock Holdouts In A Pop World

December 26, 2012 – One of few stadium-rock acts left on the radio, the band emerged from a five-year hiatus this fall.

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Clockwise from upper left: Low, FaltyDL, Jose James, Ileana Cabra, Earl Sweatshirt

Read 2013 Winter Music Preview

December 26, 2012 – Hear some of the music we're looking forward to in 2013, including records from Low and Josh Ritter.

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Perfume Genius.

Watch Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'

December 26, 2012 – The songwriter covers unsettling topics, like suicide and his mother's experience with sexual abuse.

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Andrew Bird performs on The Current.

Watch Andrew Bird: The Folksy Side Of An Inventive Star KCMP

December 22, 2012 – Watch the singer, songwriter and violinist play "Three White Horses" live at The Current's studios. KCMP

Geddy Lee of Rush performs at the Barclays Center on October 22, 2012 in Brooklyn.

Watch Loving Rush, With All My Heart And Brain

December 20, 2012 – For one nerd, mean, mean pride in the band and its election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Minus The Bear.

Watch Minus The Bear On World Cafe WXPN

December 20, 2012 – The Seattle band plays an acoustic set of intricate, melodic rock songs from its latest album. WXPN

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Joe Strummer performs with his solo project, The Latino Rockabilly War, in 1989. The Clash frontman died of heart failure in December 2002.

Watch Joe Strummer's Life After Death

December 20, 2012 – The singer, co-founder and potent political voice of The Clash died 10 years ago this week.

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