Jimmy Eat World's new album, Damage, is its eighth in 20 years together. Left to right: Rick Burch, Zach Lind, Jim Adkins and Tom Linton.
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June 22, 2013 Perhaps best known for its 2001 hit, "The Middle," the band recently released its eighth studio album, Damage. Lead singer Jim Adkins talks about the band's evolution through two decades together.
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Laurel Canyon devotee Jonathan Wilson performed a special concert for KEXP.
June 20, 2013 The North Carolina singer-songwriter is devoted to replicating the laid-back West Coast groove of the '70s. Watch him perform a new song, "Love Strong," for KEXP at Seattle's US Social Club.
Cockroaches and beetles slither through a miniature world in a new video from Majical Cloudz.
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June 20, 2013 The Canadian electro-pop duo's latest video is disorienting, disturbing and utterly transfixing. Seemingly massive cockroaches and beetles invade the world, and it all ends in flames.
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June 19, 2013 True Widow's stoner-rock and shoegaze mix trudges with back-breaking heft. Turn it up on a good pair of speakers or headphones, and "Four Teeth" rattles like a heavier bummer jam from Neil Young's Zuma, complete with one-string guitar solos.
Smith Westerns' third studio album, Soft Will, comes out June 25.
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June 16, 2013 The Chicago band's third album unleashes a sparkly charm offensive that practically rolls down your car windows for you. Sweet and dreamy, slick and sunny, Soft Will is the sound of weaponized agreeability.
The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.
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June 16, 2013 In 1963, the Fab Four recorded a series of sessions at the BBC, which author Colin Fleming argues are emblematic of the band they would become.
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Dagger Beach, John Vanderslice's new album, is out this week.
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June 14, 2013 The avant-indie rock veteran confronted his biggest fear — being alone in the middle of nowhere — and ended up with his first album outside the label system.
The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.
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June 12, 2013 Singer Matt Berninger and NPR's Audie Cornish discuss the band's new album (Trouble Will Find Me), being in a band of brothers, how his own brother inspired "I Should Live in Salt," and his own sheepish attitude toward the band's recent success.
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Members of The Olms hang out before their show at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.
June 11, 2013 Los Angeles musicians Pete Yorn and J.D. King recently launched a new band called The Olms. Watch them perform "Wanna Feel It" at a private show for friends, family and KCRW listeners.
Lemuria's new album, The Distance Is So Big, comes out June 18.
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June 9, 2013 The band's third album continues a tradition of songs that unfold like mini-suites, hopscotching from one melodic figure or time signature to the next with a playwright's sense of structure.
Austra's new album, Olympia, comes out June 18.
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June 9, 2013 The Canadian band's second album showcases Katie Stelmanis' massive voice and increasingly personal lyrics in style, keeping one foot in the conservatory even as both are occupied on the dance floor.
Madlib, the voice and producer behind Quasimoto.
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June 6, 2013 Download new music from EDM star Pretty Lights, Bon Iver side project The Shouting Matches, hip-hop recluse Quasimoto, teenage sensation Lorde and many more.
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Clockwise from upper left: Superchunk, John Vanderslice, Lily & Madeleine, Alpine, Dirty Beaches
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June 4, 2013 Before we get into NPR Music's Best-Of-The-Year (So Far) coverage - and the All Songs Considered annual preview of Summer releases - hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a bunch of great new music they've been holding on to, including songs from Superchunk, Future Bible Heroes, and more.
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Eleanor Friedberger's new solo album is Personal Record.
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June 2, 2013 On her second solo release, the Fiery Furnaces singer mines the music of her birth decade. "I'm not embarrassed to say I love the sound of an Elton John record or I love the sound of a Carole King record," she says. "That's my taste."
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Wild Nothing at Mount San Jacinto for a Field Recording, recorded in April 2013.
May 31, 2013 With freezing hands and an adventurous spirit, Wild Nothing performs a stripped-down version of its song "This Chain Won't Break" on the side of the Mount San Jacinto peak near Palm Springs, Calif.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra performs live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2013.
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May 29, 2013 Watch the band perform "No Need for a Leader," a tremendous cocktail of riff-rock and Black Sabbath-style psychedelia, recorded live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Zott (left) and Joshua Epstein of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. perform live on KCRW.
May 29, 2013 The dance-happy Detroit pop duo gives Morning Becomes Eclectic a preview of its upcoming album, due out in the fall. Watch Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein perform "War Zone" live in the studio.
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May 27, 2013 The multi-instrumentalist wrote a song every day for a year to create his new album, Yearling.
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Camera Obscura's new album, Desire Lines, comes out June 4.
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May 26, 2013 The Scottish band further refines its grab-bag of arm-swinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco. Desire Lines is more confident and direct than anything in the group's catalog.
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
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May 26, 2013 Alex Zhang Hungtai is a musician who has spent his life drifting from home to home. His parents were children of communist China, and since setting out, he's lived in places as far-flung as Honolulu, Montreal and most recently, Berlin.
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Queens Of The Stone Age live at The Wiltern on May 23.
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May 24, 2013 QOTSA performed ...Like Clockwork in its entirety, plus an assortment of older material, in a sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Hear highlights from the evening.
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May 22, 2013 The North Carolina band performs powerful, country-tinged songs from its new album, Miracle Temple.
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Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo performs live on KCRW.
May 22, 2013 Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew visit the Morning Becomes Eclectic studios to perform songs from their most recent album, Fade. Watch the venerable indie-rock trio play "Two Trains."
The National performs live at The Cutting Room studios in New York City.
May 21, 2013 The band performs a special studio session for New York City's WFUV in advance of its new album, Trouble Will Find Me. Watch The National perform "Graceless," live from The Cutting Room Studios.
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.
May 21, 2013 Raised on the South Side, Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at age 74.
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