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The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.

Watch The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'

June 12, 2013 – One of rock's perpetual underdogs has endured and survived the irony-laden swagger of the aughts.

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Members of The Olms hang out before their show at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

Watch KCRW Presents: The Olms KCRW

June 11, 2013 – Watch Pete Yorn and J.D. King perform "Wanna Feel It" at a private show for KCRW listeners. KCRW

Lemuria's new album, The Distance Is So Big, comes out June 18.

Read First Listen: Lemuria, 'The Distance Is So Big'

June 9, 2013 – The punky pop band has made an art of interrupting itself, with songs that unfold like mini-suites.

Austra's new album, Olympia, comes out June 18.

Read First Listen: Austra, 'Olympia'

June 9, 2013 – Austra's new album keeps one foot in the conservatory even as both are occupied on the dance floor.

Madlib, the voice and producer behind Quasimoto.

Read Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

June 6, 2013 – Download new music from Pretty Lights, !!!, Quasimoto, The Shouting Matches, Lorde and many more.

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Clockwise from upper left: Superchunk, John Vanderslice, Lily & Madeleine, Alpine, Dirty Beaches

Read New Music: Superchunk, John Vanderslice, Lily & Madeleine, More

June 4, 2013 – Before the first half of the year gets away from us, we've still got tons of new music to share.

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Eleanor Friedberger's new solo album is Personal Record.

Read Eleanor Friedberger Unashamed Of Her Favorite Sounds

June 2, 2013 – On her second solo release, the Fiery Furnaces singer proudly mines the music of her birth decade.

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Wild Nothing at Mount San Jacinto for a Field Recording, recorded in April 2013.

Watch Wild Nothing: Nuanced Pop At 8,500 Feet KCRW

May 31, 2013 – The band plays a stripped-down version of "This Chain Won't Break" on the side of Mount San Jacinto. KCRW

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2013.

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra: NPR Front Row

May 29, 2013 – Watch the band perform "No Need for a Leader," a tremendous cocktail of riff-rock and psychedelia.

Daniel Zott (left) and Joshua Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. perform live on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. KCRW

May 29, 2013 – Watch the dance-happy Detroit pop duo perform the new song "War Zone" on Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Ace Reporter.

Read Next: Ace Reporter WXPN

May 27, 2013 – The multi-instrumentalist wrote a song every day for a year to create his new album, Yearling. WXPN

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Camera Obscura's new album, Desire Lines, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'

May 26, 2013 – The band further refines its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco.

Dirty Beaches is the performing title of the Taiwanese-Canadian musician Alex Zhang Hungtai. His new double album is called Drifters / Love Is the Devil

Read Dirty Beaches: A Nomad Musician Starts Over (And Over, And Over)

May 26, 2013 – Alex Zhang Hungtai's dreamy rock feels nostalgic — ironic for an artist who's never put down roots.

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Queens Of The Stone Age live at The Wiltern on May 23.

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May 24, 2013 – Josh Homme presides over a dense, textured sound that's equal parts mystery, beauty and bluster.

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Mount Moriah.

Read Mount Moriah On World Cafe WXPN

May 22, 2013 – The North Carolina band performs powerful, country-tinged songs from its new album, Miracle Temple. WXPN

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Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo performs live on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Yo La Tengo KCRW

May 22, 2013 – Watch Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew perform "Two Trains" from their new album, Fade. KCRW

The National performs live at The Cutting Room studios in New York City.

Watch The National: Falling For 'Graceless' WFUV

May 21, 2013 – Watch the band perform "Graceless," from Trouble Will Find Me, at Manhattan's Cutting Room Studios. WFUV

Ray Manzarek (far right) stands with fellow members of The Doors Jim Morrison (from right), Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1968. Manzarek died Monday in Germany. He was 74.

Watch The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent

May 21, 2013 – Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at 74.

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Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth.

Watch Savages: Elegant Brutality, Rendered Anything But Silent KEXP

May 16, 2013 – Watch the British post-punk band make its American radio debut, as it plays four songs on KEXP. KEXP

Chris Tomson (left) and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend perform at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

Watch Vampire Weekend, Live In Concert KCRW

May 15, 2013 – Watch the New York band perform an intimate 12-song set at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio for KCRW. KCRW

Scene from Exitmusic's video for "White Noise."

Watch Exitmusic Battles Inner Demons In Arresting New Video

May 14, 2013 – In the band's dark new video, singer Aleksa Palladino embraces and then drowns her own likeness.

Clockwise from upper left: Baths, Daughter, Sam Phillips, The Front Bottoms, SQURL

Read New Music: Baths, Jim Jarmusch, Sam Phillips, More

May 14, 2013 – Jim Jarmusch makes wild films. Now he's got a band to match. Hear it now on All Songs Considered.

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Bonnie Prince Billy and Dawn McCarthy.

Read Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy On World Cafe WXPN

May 14, 2013 – The singers perform classic Everly Brothers tunes from their new album, What the Brothers Sang. WXPN

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Swedish-born guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has released more than two dozen albums.

Read Yngwie Malmsteen: 'I've Always Been A Little Bit Of An Extremist'

May 11, 2013 – The king of neoclassical shred guitar on being a family man and growing up on Bach and Hendrix.

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Cayucas at the Ace Hotel in Palm Spring, CA.

Watch Cayucas: Sunlight In Song Form KCRW

May 9, 2013 – Poolside on a picnic table under the blazing sun, the band performs its song "High School Lover." KCRW

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