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Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March.

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

May 4, 2013 – Three hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?

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Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in 2011.

Watch 'A Truth Never Told': Remembering Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

May 3, 2013 – The guitarist channeled darkness into the sound of a band that exemplifies pain.

Low.

Read Low On World Cafe WXPN

May 2, 2013 – Hear the slow-moving Minnesota band perform four songs from its new album, The Invisible Way. WXPN

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A still from the video for Kurt Vile's "Never Run Away."

Watch Kurt Vile's Hazy Philadelphia Adventure

May 2, 2013 – Clad all in white, the guitarist takes a ride around his hometown in the video for "Never Run Away."

Savages.

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

May 2, 2013 – Download new songs from British singer Laura Mvula, post-punk band Savages, Shuggie Otis and more.

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Iggy & The Stooges just released a new album, Ready to Die.

Read Iggy Pop: 'What Happens When People Disappear'

May 2, 2013 – The Stooges frontman discusses living life over the edge and ways to "become a part of yesterday."

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Vampire Weekend in New York City: (from left) Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig.

Watch Vampire Weekend On The Secrets Of Its New Album

May 1, 2013 – In an interview, the band talks about the long process of making Modern Vampires of The City.

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Deafheaven.

Read Enter Deafheaven's Exhilarating 'Dream House'

May 1, 2013 – The guitars on the metal band's second album chime like classic U2. Hear Deafheaven's new song.

John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks have returned with their first new music as Fleetwood Mac in a decade.

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

April 30, 2013 – Stream the band's new EP, and hear the drummer and founding member's thoughts on longevity.

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Ceramic Dog is Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily.

Read Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone

April 30, 2013 – Robert Christgau says Ribot's new hard-rock album with Ceramic Dog ranks among his most daring.

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Clockwise from upper left:  Cover art for The National's Trouble Will Find Me, Iggy Pop, Walker Lukens and Tricky

Read New Music From Iggy Pop, Tricky, The National And More

April 30, 2013 – This week's mix will change your life. (Probably not, but it's some pretty damn good music!)

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Matt Pond.

Read Matt Pond On World Cafe WXPN

April 30, 2013 – After relocating and reevaluating, Pond lent his likable voice to more heartfelt, sturdy songs. WXPN

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Gary Clark performs live for KUT in Austin.

Watch Gary Clark Jr.: How To Remember Your Roots KUT

April 30, 2013 – Watch the great Austin guitarist perform an acoustic medley of "Blak and Blu" and "Bright Lights." KUT

The Saint Johns.

Read Next: The Saint Johns WXPN

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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Yellowbirds

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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Bleached.

Read Next: Bleached WXPN

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

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