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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Read Black Rebel Motorcycle Club On World Cafe WXPN

July 4, 2013 – Hear the band perform a stripped-down session, recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. WXPN


Clockwise from upper left: Volcano Choir, Black Francis of Pixies, John Grant, Dessa

Read New Music: Pixies, Volcano Choir, John Grant, More

July 3, 2013 – This week, hear the return of the Pixies, plus a song by Justin Vernon's side project Volcano Choir.


The Memphis pop band Big Star (composed at one point of, from left to right, Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton) would eventually be acknowledged as a significant force among purveyors of power-pop — though not until years after the group's demise.

Read For Power-Pop Fans, The Woeful Ballad Of 'Big Star'

July 2, 2013 – The cult band Big Star never fully earned its name until years after it fell apart.

Camera Obscura poses on the set of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Watch KCRW Presents: Camera Obscura KCRW

July 2, 2013 – Watch the Glaswegian indie-pop band perform "Do It Again" live on Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Read First Listen: Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana'

June 30, 2013 – Like a gummy double-helix, Speedy Ortiz twists sweet-and-sour words around '90s-inspired indie-rock.

La Vida Bohème's second album, Sera, draws upon a handful of musical influences, from disco to reggae.

Read La Vida Bohème: Dance Rockers Harness Chaos And Conflict

June 29, 2013 – The band's lead singer, Henry D'Arthenay, looks to his Venezuelan home for inspiration.


Chelsea Wolfe.

Read Chelsea Wolfe Is Just Dancing In The Dark

June 27, 2013 – With "The Warden," the surreal singer-songwriter brings her foggy, mysterious sound into the club.

Wild Belle performs for a Field Recordings video at South Bay Customs in El Segundo, Calif.

Watch Wild Belle: Reggae-Tinged Romance Amid The Big Bikes KCRW

June 26, 2013 – Watch the band play one of its breeziest songs, "Love Like This," at a Los Angeles bike shop. KCRW


Listen Low On Mountain Stage

June 26, 2013 – Low's slow, quiet sound started in the early '90s as a reaction to the grunge music of the time.


Clockwise from upper left: Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, Sigur Ros, Zola Jesus

Read New Music: Sigur Rós, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins, Ebony Bones, More

June 25, 2013 – Robin Hilton likes his summers fueled by rock and roll, while Bob Boilen goes the languid route.


Chuck Leavell plays alongside Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood.

Read Chuck Leavell: The 'Fifth' Stone Speaks

June 25, 2013 – The touring keyboardist has been playing with The Rolling Stones for more than 30 years.


Sigur Ros' new album is titled Kveikur.

Watch Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'

June 24, 2013 – With Kveikur, the band's majestic vistas and naturescapes acquire a distinctly harsh edge.


Daughn Gibson's new album, Me Moan, comes out July 9.

Listen First Listen: Daughn Gibson, 'Me Moan'

June 24, 2013 – On Me Moan, the homemade solo country-noir of Gibson's debut gets fleshed out by a real band.


Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded.

Watch Waxahatchee: A Lonesome Voice, Raised In Basements

June 23, 2013 – A gigging musician since age 14, Katie Crutchfield has found success in writing from experience.


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.

Watch Jimmy Eat World Finds The Fuel To Keep Going

June 22, 2013 – Lead singer Jim Adkins discusses the band's new album, Damage, and its two decades together.


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