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The Saint Johns.

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April 29, 2013 – The duo mixes raw emotion and the beautifully blended vocals of Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson. WXPN


Mikal Cronin's new album, MCII, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Mikal Cronin, 'MCII'

April 28, 2013 – The multi-instrumentalist applies a beachy sparkle to 37 minutes of fresh, fun rock 'n' roll.

Iggy & The Stooges live from (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.

Watch Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert Soundcheck

April 28, 2013 – Watch the band rip through songs from its new album Ready to Die during this First Listen Live show. Soundcheck


Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck performs "Song for Zula" at WFUV in New York City.

Watch Phosphorescent: An Understated, Epic 'Song For Zula' WFUV

April 27, 2013 – Matthew Houck and his band visit WFUV to perform one of the best songs Houck has ever written. WFUV

Sons of Fathers.

Read Sons Of Fathers: Texas Rockers, Inspired By Their Dads WXPN

April 25, 2013 – The raucous, rootsy folk-rock duo performs songs from its most recent album, Burning Days. WXPN


For the first time ever, The Flaming Lips performed the 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in its entirety from start to finish, live from the Belmont in Austin, Texas.

Watch The Flaming Lips Present 'Yoshimi' Live In Concert

April 25, 2013 – Watch the band perform its beloved Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in concert, from start to finish.


Watch Music And Random Imagery Align In Yellowbirds Video

April 25, 2013 – In the video for Yellowbirds' "Young Men of Promise," the animation doesn't try to match the music.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.

Read Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: No Twisting, No Shouting

April 24, 2013 – The doom-metal band's "Valley of the Dolls" sounds as if the Fab Four finally took a trip too far.

Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry.

Watch KCRW Presents: Dead Can Dance KCRW

April 24, 2013 – Watch the veteran Australian duo bring its ancient ambiance to Santa Monica's Moroccan Ballroom. KCRW

Clockwise from upper left: Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson of The Uncluded, guitarist William Tyler, singer Cassandra Jenkins and Laura Marling

Read New Music From Kimya Dawson, Laura Marling And More

April 23, 2013 – Plus Sonny and the Sunsets, guitarist William Tyler and newcomer Cassandra Jenkins.



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April 22, 2013 – Sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin blend beachy harmonies with punk attitude on their debut album. WXPN


Iggy & The Stooges' new album, Ready To Die, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Iggy & The Stooges, 'Ready To Die'

April 21, 2013 – With humor intact and the guitars loud, Ready to Die reunites Iggy Pop with his Stooges' guitarist.

Os Mutantes' new album, Fool Metal Jack, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: Os Mutantes, 'Fool Metal Jack'

April 21, 2013 – Nearly half a century into its history, the great Brazilian band returns with a lovely new album.

Phoenix's latest album is called Bankrupt! Left to right: Thomas Mars, Laurent Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai, Deck d'Arcy.

Watch Phoenix On Sounding Like Robots And Staying Restless

April 20, 2013 – The band says its new album, Bankrupt!, wouldn't have been the same without meticulous self-editing.


Bob Boilen, host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, interviews Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies at SXSW.

Watch The Zombies Remember Their Odyssey

April 20, 2013 – Bob Boilen talks to the British Invasion-era band about its classic album, Odessey and Oracle.

Record Store Day is Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Read 12 Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Saturday

April 19, 2013 – We pick a dozen exciting releases from among the hundreds of things you'll find at Record Store Day.

People Get Ready.

Watch People Get Ready's Stunning Performance Piece

April 18, 2013 – The members of People Get Ready put on a performance that makes "Middle Name" a video to remember.

Though he began his career as a drummer for The Band, Levon Helm kept working long after the group's dissolution. The documentary Ain't in It for My Health captures his final years as a working musician.

Read 'For My Health': The Latter Days Of Levon Helm

April 16, 2013 – Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm is a music doc that sings. (Recommended)

Low's Mimi Parker and Alan Sparhawk perform at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minn.

Watch Low: Every Note In Its Right Place KCMP

April 16, 2013 – Watch the Minnesota band perform two songs from its new album with members of Trampled by Turtles. KCMP

Yo La Tengo performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.

Watch Yo La Tengo: Tiny Desk Concert

April 15, 2013 – To coincide with the release of the band's 13th album, Fade, Yo La Tengo performs an acoustic set.


Nick Cave performs at Stubb's Bar-B-Q as part of NPR Music's 2013 SXSW Showcase.

Watch Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Live In Concert

April 15, 2013 – Sinewy and powerful, Cave controls an Austin, Texas, crowd with a powerful, career-spanning set.

Mother Falcon's new album, You Knew, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Mother Falcon, 'You Knew'

April 14, 2013 – The 15- to 20-piece Austin band soars with the grandiosity of Arcade Fire at its most anthemic.

Brass Bed's album, The Secret Will Keep You, comes out April 23.

Read First Listen: Brass Bed, 'The Secret Will Keep You'

April 14, 2013 – A sad parade of loneliness, death, fear and madness comes to life on an oddly buoyant album.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new album is titled Mosquito.

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs On Love Songs, New York And Transforming On Stage

April 14, 2013 – Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase discuss their history, chemistry and the new album Mosquito.


Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album is titled We The Common.

Read Thao Nguyen's Musical Life Is Far From 'Common'

April 13, 2013 – A trip to a California women's prison inspired much of the folk-rocker's latest LP, We the Common.


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