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Joe Barry was a pioneer of "swamp-pop" in the early 1960s.

Read The Unsung Pioneer Of Louisiana Swamp-Pop

January 8, 2013 – In the early 1960s, Joe Barry combined Cajun and country music into a whole new sound.

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Annie Clark (of St. Vincent) and David Byrne perform together at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., on Sept. 30, 2012.

Watch David Byrne & St. Vincent In Concert

January 9, 2013 – The two artists give a carefully choreographed performance highlighting their album Love This Giant.

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Scott Walker.

Watch Scott Walker: 'I Don't Listen Again And I Move On' WXPN

January 9, 2013 – The ambitious, venerated singer and composer says he has reached the "point of no return." WXPN

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Atlas Genius performs on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Atlas Genius KCRW

January 9, 2013 – Watch the Australian band perform its breakthrough hit "Trojans," live on Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Read Song Premiere: The Besnard Lakes, 'People Of The Sticks'

January 10, 2013 – The Canadian-based band is back with another soaringly gorgeous album.

Greg Saunier (left) and Sean Lennon of the band Mystical Weapons.

Watch Sean Lennon's Latest Project: Just Making Stuff Up

January 10, 2013 – The music is entirely improvised, but takes on new meaning in the hands of animator Martha Colburn.

Graham Parker and the Rumour.

Read Graham Parker And The Rumour On World Cafe WXPN

January 10, 2013 – The British band, reunited after 30-plus years, performs new songs and discusses its film debut. WXPN

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Local Natives performed at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios in Santa Monica.

Watch Front Row: Local Natives KCRW

January 11, 2013 – Watch the band showcase several songs from its upcoming album, Hummingbird, at KCRW. KCRW

Bob Dylan in 1962. His extremely limited-edition 50th Anniversary Collection features unreleased material from his early career.

Read Why There Are Only 100 Copies Of The New Bob Dylan Record

January 12, 2013 – Dylan's new compilation takes advantage of a change in European copyright law.

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From left, Georgia Hubley, James McNew and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo.

Listen Yo La Tengo In Concert WXPN

January 12, 2013 – Hear the New Jersey band perform five new songs, plus a cover of The Spinners' "I'll Be Around." WXPN

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Christopher Owens' first solo album is called Lysandre.

Read Out Of A Cult, Into The World: Owens' Transformation

January 12, 2013 – After Christopher Owens fled the cult he grew up in, he used his musical talent to launch a career.

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British wunderkind Jake Bugg performs live on WFUV in New York City.

Watch Jake Bugg: From High School To The Top Of The World WFUV

January 15, 2013 – Watch the 18-year-old British wunderkind perform "Two Fingers" live in WFUV's studios. WFUV

Sun Studio in Memphis.

Watch The History Of Sun Studio WXPN

January 15, 2013 – Listen to an interview with Sun founder Sam Phillips about the legendary Memphis studio. WXPN

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Big Star's members pose in front of their barn.

Read Big Star, Ardent Music And Defining American Power-Pop WXPN

January 16, 2013 – Listen to an interview with Big Star drummer Jody Stephens about Memphis' power-pop scene. WXPN

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Portal's vocalist, The Curator.

Read Song Premiere: Portal, 'The Back Wards'

January 18, 2013 – The mysterious death-metal band makes Lovecraftian horror that's bent on sonic masochism.

Sean Lennon in the studio, during production of the Alter Egos soundtrack.

Read For Sean Lennon, Music Is Not A Solo Act

January 20, 2013 – Like his father, John, Lennon prefers collaboration. That spirit comes through in his new albums.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new album, II, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 'II'

January 20, 2013 – The band's sound shape-shifts through indie-pop, psychedelia, soul and something more alien.

Buke and Gase's new album, General Dome, comes out Jan. 29.

Read First Listen: Buke And Gase, 'General Dome'

January 20, 2013 – For the duo, strange instrumentation is merely a means to a raucous, hypnotic, alluring end.

Django Django.

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January 21, 2013 – Hear the Mercury Prize-nominated Scottish indie-rock band play songs from its self-titled debut. WXPN

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John Cale visits KEXP's studios in Seattle for an intimate performance.

Watch John Cale: The Return Of An Underground Icon KEXP

January 26, 2013 – Watch the co-founder of The Velvet Underground perform "I Wanna Talk 2 U," live at KEXP in Seattle. KEXP

Adam Ant's first album in 17 years, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, is an ersatz musical memoir.

Watch After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again

January 26, 2013 – The man behind "Goody Two Shoes" hasn't made a record in two decades, but he's been busy all along.

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Trixie Whitley first emerged several years ago as the lead singer of the Daniel Lanois project Black Dub. Her debut as a solo artist is called Fourth Corner.

Read Trixie Whitley: Songs For A Charmed — And Checkered — Life

January 27, 2013 – Whitley was born with a musical pedigree and began her career with a super-producer's endorsement.

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album, We the Common, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common'

January 27, 2013 – Playful but forceful, Thao infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness.

Jim James' Regions of Light and Sound of God comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Jim James, 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'

January 27, 2013 – On his first full-length solo album, My Morning Jacket's singer seeks something bigger than himself.

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