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Kurt Vile's new album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: Kurt Vile, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze'

March 31, 2013 – The laid-back Philadelphia guitarist's transfixing new album is arguably his best yet.

Villagers' new album, {Awayland}, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: Villagers, '{Awayland}'

March 31, 2013 – Villagers' Conor O'Brien has a great gift for songs that almost always turn something on its head.

Issue 16 of the original run of Crawdaddy!, from June 1968.

Watch Remembering Paul Williams, Founder Of Rock Magazine 'Crawdaddy!'

March 30, 2013 – Paul Williams started the first American rock magazine as a college student in 1966.

The members of Efterklang in Piramida: Mads Brauer (left), Rasmus Stolberg (center) and Casper Clausen.

Watch A Ghost Story With A Puzzle: Efterklang's New Video

March 29, 2013 – The band who recorded an album in a ghost town makes a video that centers around a ghost story.

Comedown Machine, the fifth studio album by The Strokes.

Read 10 Great Album Art Fake-Outs

March 28, 2013 – The album cover for The Strokes' new Comedown Machine is meant to look like a 1970s tape-reel box.

Gashcat performs at Javelina in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2013.

Watch Front Row: Gashcat

March 28, 2013 – Watch the fabulously chaotic rock band perform "The Morning Sun" live at South by Southwest.

VHÖL is (left to right) Sigrid Sheie, John Cobbett, Mike Scheidt and Aesop Dekker.

Read VHÖL Runs Off The Rails, 'Insane With Faith'

March 28, 2013 – Members of Agalloch, YOB, and Hammers of Misfortune form this raw and adventurous metal band.

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon in 2009, after the release of his mostly acoustic debut album, but before the group's second album, which includes the '80s-inspired saxophone jam "Beth/Rest." (Yes, we noticed that his guitar is plugged in.)

Watch Why 'Unplugged' Recordings Last

March 28, 2013 – Why do some songs just sound better when you strip away all of the frills?

Ashley Paul.

Read Ashley Paul Incites A Microscopic Riot On 'Watch Them Pass'

March 27, 2013 – The singer-songwriter usually makes a racket, but here finds melancholy in simplicity.

Screenshot from the video for Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula."

Watch Phospohorescent's Single-Shot Video For 'Zula'

March 27, 2013 – A video for Phosphorescent's "Song For Zula" wraps metaphorical chains around a story of heartbreak.

Cold War Kids' Nathan Willett performs at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for a crowd of KCRW supporters.

Watch KCRW Presents: Cold War Kids KCRW

March 27, 2013 – Watch the California band perform "Tuxedo" at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW. KCRW

Surfer Blood at SXSW 2013

Watch Front Row: Surfer Blood

March 27, 2013 – Watch the Florida rock band perform "Demon Dance," a perfect preview of its second album, Pythons.

An American zoo tried experiments of playing music to animals to see if it subdued them.

Read What Is The Perfect Pair Of Headphones?

March 26, 2013 – The search for headphones with the perfect sound and feel is never-ending, and seemingly futile.

Clockwise from upper left: Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass of Boy, Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, Vampire Weekend, Annie Hardy of Giant Drag

Read Vampire Weekend, Savages, Giant Drag, Eluvium And More

March 26, 2013 – New music from returning favorites and a pair of exciting discoveries from the SXSW music festival.


Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Watch Depeche Mode: A Dark And Steady 'Machine' KCRW

March 25, 2013 – After 30 years together, Depeche Mode will release its 13th album, the seductive Delta Machine. KCRW

The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver comes out April 2.

Read First Listen: 'The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver'

March 24, 2013 – Hear Denver's beloved songs, performed by Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, Blind Pilot and more.

Telekinesis' new album, Dormarion, comes out April 2.

Read First Listen: Telekinesis, 'Dormarion'

March 24, 2013 – Telekinesis' concise pop-rock nuggets radiate warmth, with messy emotions that make them feel human.

The newest collection of Jimi Hendrix material is titled People, Hell and Angels.

Read The Jimi Hendrix You Never Knew WXPN

March 22, 2013 – Hear an entire show of newly released Hendrix material, as well as interviews with people he knew. WXPN


Lygia Clark's cover art for Sigur Rós' forthcoming album, Kveikur.

Watch New Sigur Rós, New Direction? Watch The Video For 'Brennisteinn'

March 22, 2013 – "Brennisteinn" is a remarkably aggressive piece of music for musicians who can sound so ethereal.

Ducktails at SXSW 2013.

Watch Front Row: Ducktails

March 22, 2013 – Watch the experimentation-friendly band live at Clive Bar during SXSW.

John Grant.

Read John Grant: Heartbreak And Humor, In Equal Measure

March 21, 2013 – A self-effacing look back at real-life heartbreak, with acoustic guitar and snow-blown synths.

Telekinesis performs songs from its new album at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Watch Telekinesis: NPR Front Row

March 21, 2013 – Watch Michael Benjamin Lerner's band perform a new song, "Ghosts And Creatures," live at SXSW.

Jake Bugg performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Watch KCRW Presents: Jake Bugg KCRW

March 20, 2013 – Watch the 19-year-old U.K. boy wonder perform his international hit "Lightning Bolt," live on KCRW. KCRW

Savages singer Jehnny Beth at SXSW 2013.

Read Bob Boilen's 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013

March 19, 2013 – No matter how much music you see at SXSW, there are moments when a band just cuts through the noise.

Natalie Maines (center) at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival. Maines's band included her father, Lloyd Maines (seated left) and Ben Harper (seated right).

Read Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

March 19, 2013 – Big names and Next Big Things dominate SXSW, but acts between those poles interest Ann Powers more.

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