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Leagues performs a studio session for World Cafe.

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April 8, 2013 – Watch the Music City rock band perform "Spotlight," part of World Cafe's Sense of Place series. WXPN

Calexico performs live on Mountain Stage.

Listen Calexico On Mountain Stage

April 8, 2013 – With its evocative desert rock, the genre-bending band plays songs from its latest album, Algiers.


Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard discuss the unexpected success of The Postal Service.

Watch Special Delivery: The Postal Service Story

April 8, 2013 – Jimmy Tamborello and Ben Gibbard reflect on Give Up, which emerged from a casual collaboration.

Sean Nelson will release his first solo album, Make Good Choices, on June 4.

Watch Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson Returns With A Plea To 'Make Good Choices'

April 8, 2013 – Download the title song from Nelson's long-awaited solo debut, and watch its inventive video.

The Shouting Matches' debut album, Grownass Man, comes out April 9.

Read First Listen: The Shouting Matches, 'Grownass Man'

April 7, 2013 – Bon Iver's Justin Vernon leads a loose, Tom Petty-esque blues-rock trio with an ear for beauty.

The Flaming Lips' new album, The Terror, comes out April 16.

Read First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror'

April 7, 2013 – The Oklahoma band's 13th album sounds almost post-apocalyptic in its scabrous, searching bleakness.

Brian Johnson (L) and Angus Young of AC/DC in 2000. Johnson's first album with the group, 1980's Back In Black, is one of the best-selling albums of all time, despite never reaching No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

Watch Justin Timberlake And The AC/DC Rule

April 5, 2013 – What the career of the Australian classic rockers teaches us about the latest blockbuster album.

Zach Yudin of Cayucas.

Read Cayucas Spins A Twinkly Summer Daydream

April 5, 2013 – In "A Summer Thing," multi-instrumentalist Zach Yudin indulges nostalgia from a healthy distance.

Ivan & Alyosha win over new fans during a spirited performance at TenOak in Austin.

Watch Ivan & Alyosha: NPR Front Row

April 5, 2013 – Watch the band win over new fans during a spirited performance of "Be Your Man" at TenOak in Austin.

Standing before a crowd 250,000 strong, Mick Jagger opened The Rolling Stones' 1969 concert at London's Hyde Park by reading a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem in tribute to late guitarist Brian Jones.

Read The Rolling Stones And Hyde Park In 1969

April 4, 2013 – The Stones last played the park in 1969, just two days after the death of the band's guitarist.


Scene from Junip's video "Your Life, Your Call."

Watch Watch A Creepy Teen Upend A Marriage In New Junip Video

April 4, 2013 – Junip's latest video pairs the band's meditation on growing up with hypnotic and mysterious images.

Winston Yellen of Night Beds.

Read Night Beds On World Cafe

April 3, 2013 – Powered by Winston Yellen's wide-ranging voice, the band plays songs from its debut, Country Sleep.


Metz at SXSW 2013.

Watch Metz: NPR Front Row

April 3, 2013 – Watch the noise-rock trio tear it up at the 2013 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

In 2012, Mark Lanegan released the album Blues Funeral. Black Pudding, an album-length collaboration with guitarist and singer Duke Garwood, will come out in May.

Read Mark Lanegan: A Secret Rock Star Still Shines Darkly

April 2, 2013 – Still best known as the singer for grunge-era group Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan has stayed busy.

Keaton Henson, seen in his video for the song "You," from his album Birthdays.

Watch The Most Beautiful Voice You'll Hear Today

April 2, 2013 – A badly broken heart led poet and illustrator Keaton Henson to (thankfully) start writing songs.

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