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Read Foxygen On World Cafe WXPN

February 18, 2013 – Hear the psychedelic pop duo play songs from its second album. WXPN

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Night Beds' members perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 6, 2013.

Watch Night Beds: Tiny Desk Concert

February 18, 2013 – Winston Yellen's arresting voice propels a lighthearted but deeply affecting set at the NPR office.

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Pickwick.

Read Next: Pickwick WXPN

February 18, 2013 – Hear two new tracks from neo-soul group Pickwick's upcoming album, Can't Talk Medicine. WXPN

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Shout Out Louds' new album, Optica, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Shout Out Louds, 'Optica'

February 17, 2013 – Optica plays like a great '80s mixtape, albeit with modern production and a good deal of subtlety.

Deathfix's self-titled debut album comes out on Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Deathfix, 'Deathfix'

February 17, 2013 – D.C. musicians Brendan Canty and Rich Morel make great pop full of unexpected turns on their debut.

John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.

Read Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

February 17, 2013 – Jonathan Cott was the last journalist to interview John Lennon before the singer's death.

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Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, winner of Album of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. To date, the band's winning album, Babel, has sold 1,737,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Read A Brief History Of The Grammy Sales Bump

February 15, 2013 – The Grammy Award for Album of the Year promises a huge increase in sales, but results may vary.

Wormed.

Read New Music By Wormed: In Space, No One Can Hear You Growl

February 15, 2013 – Wormed's "The Nonlocality Trilemma" is engineered to bludgeon you into multidimensional submission.

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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, performing live in studio for the band's latest single, "Heaven."

Watch Video: Depeche Mode Returns, Finds 'Heaven'

February 14, 2013 – Frontman Dave Gahan says the veteran rock band's new song and video is "why I still make music."

Jim James' solo debut is titled Regions of Light and Sound of God.

Watch Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age

February 13, 2013 – The My Morning Jacket singer seeks authenticity in a world of artifice on his first solo album.

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' only SXSW appearance takes place at NPR Music's showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas, on March 13.

Read Yeah Yeah Yeahs Added To NPR Music's SXSW Showcase

February 13, 2013 – Watch the band perform songs from its upcoming album, Mosquito, live from Austin, Texas.

Ben Gibbard performs live on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Benjamin Gibbard KCRW

February 13, 2013 – Watch the Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service singer perform "Teardrop Windows" live on KCRW. KCRW

Brooklyn songwriter Katie Mullins has a fan in WNYC's John Schaefer.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

February 13, 2013 – Download new music from from The Milk Carton Kids, Cayucas, Chance the Rapper and more.

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy performing onstage at Lincoln Center's Allen Room February 7.

Watch Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Adjusts His Crown

February 13, 2013 – The eccentric and fairly revered folk-rock singer-songwriter is dipping his toes in the mainstream.

Scene from the video for the Maps & Atlases song "Fever."

Watch Mysterious Disease Infects Chicago Band: Love The Cure

February 13, 2013 – A new video from Maps & Atlases imagines a troubled addict in desperate need of a cure.

Jack Tatum performs on WFUV as Wild Nothing.

Watch Wild Nothing: Dream-Pop's Leading Light WFUV

February 12, 2013 – Watch Jack Tatum and his band perform the dreamy title track to his popular Nocturne album. WFUV

Bryan Ferry.

Read Bryan Ferry Wants To Be Your Valentine

February 12, 2013 – Ferry: "It's a rather lonely occupation, writing songs."

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Brian Eno.

Read Brian Eno On World Cafe

February 11, 2013 – The innovative composer, producer and musician discusses his latest album of ambient music, Lux.

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John Murry.

Read Next: John Murry WXPN

February 11, 2013 – Hear two dark, deep, alluring rock 'n' roll songs from Murry's debut album, The Graceless Age. WXPN

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Mumford & Sons (from left: Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall) accept the award for album of the year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Read Mumford & Sons Take Home Album Of The Year Grammy

February 11, 2013 – No single act dominated, but rock bands — including The Black Keys and fun. — fared well.

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Keith Richards collaborates with Tom Waits in "Shenandoah" for Son of Rogues Gallery, out Feb. 19.

Read First Listen: 'Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys'

February 10, 2013 – Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Beth Orton, Dr. John and more form a bleak-music Murderer's Row.

John Mark Nelson performs live on The Current in the Twin Cities.

Watch John Mark Nelson: A Teenager With Serious Talent KCMP

February 9, 2013 – Watch the 19-year-old Twin Cities songwriter and his cadre of teenage friends perform "Reminisce." KCMP

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' new album, Push the Sky Away, comes out Feb. 19.

Read First Listen: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, 'Push The Sky Away'

February 8, 2013 – Cave's songs seethe and surprise, marked by gorgeous strings and grabby, pervy innuendo.

Cover art for the "Good Vibrations" single, released in 1966.

Watch The Real Instrument Behind The Sound In 'Good Vibrations'

February 7, 2013 – Remembering the musician whose invention is almost always mistaken for a theremin.

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Read Get Dumb: The Knuckle-Draggin' Riffs Of Endless Boogie

February 7, 2013 – "The Savagist" has the kind of boozy blues riff that sounds like boots sucking up mud.

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