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Big Songs, Big Hype (Oh Yeah, They're Women)

Three heavily hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?

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Mick Fleetwood On Fleetwood Mac: 'It Would Make A Great Play'

Stream the band's new EP, and hear the drummer and founding member's thoughts on longevity, epitaphs and iTunes.

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Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert

WNYC Soundcheck

NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck present a First Listen Live concert from Iggy & The Stooges. Watch the group rip through songs from its new album, Ready to Die, as well as a handful of favorites.

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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. The Warner Sound hide caption

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Sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin's full-length debut, Ride Your Heart, is infused with beachy harmonies and punk attitude.

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