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Camera Obscura poses on the set of Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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

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.

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.


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


Franz Ferdinand

Watch Watch The Music Video For Franz Ferdinand's 'Right Action'

July 8, 2013 – The jangly, odd-ball single perfectly sums up reasons Franz Ferdinand made it into our hearts.

Pearl Jam (top left), Missy Elliott (top right), the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind (bottom right), PJ Harvey (bottom left), Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel (center).

Read The '90s Are Back, Or Whatever...

July 9, 2013 – This week, All Songs Considered examines the music of the '90s at its best, worst and weirdest.



Read BRONCHO On World Cafe WXPN

July 9, 2013 – The aggressive Oklahoma-based band straddles the line between pop and punk in their debut album. WXPN


John Vanderslice

Watch John Vanderslice Opens His Studio Doors

July 10, 2013 – The video for John Vanderslice's "How The West Was Won" is a peek at recording an album in analog.

Emily Wells performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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July 11, 2013 – Watch Wells build a virtual backing band out of loops during "Mama's Gonna Give You Love" on KCRW. KCRW

Pearl Jam (from left: Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Matt Cameron) will release its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, on October 15.

Watch Hear Pearl Jam's New Single, 'Mind Your Manners'

July 11, 2013 – Pearl Jam's rip-roaring new single will appear on the album Lightning Bolt, out in October.

Swedish musician Anna von Hausswolff says she was drawn to the church organ by its physicality: "When you play it, you can really feel it because you're sitting close to the pipes. It's almost as if you're becoming a part of the instrument."

Read Anna Von Hausswolff: An Artist In Thrall To A Mega-Instrument

July 13, 2013 – The Swedish musician is one of the few in the world who plays the pipe organ in popular music.


Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' new, self-titled album comes out July 23.

Read First Listen: 'Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros'

July 14, 2013 – The band still conveys joy amid massively unselfconscious celebrations of community and optimism.

Weekend's new album, Jinx, comes out July 23.

Read First Listen: Weekend, 'Jinx'

July 14, 2013 – Weekend synthesizes countless waves of '80s and '90s college radio into a single buzzy rumble.

Touch Me I'm A Local Institution: Mudhoney plays from more than 500 feet above Seattle, on the roof of the Space Needle, as part of a set celebrating Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee broadcast by KEXP

Read Sub Pop Celebrates 25 Years Of Artisanal Music

July 15, 2013 – Sub Pop has managed to walk a fine line between corporate and grass roots, monolithic and local.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band's new album, Lickety Split, is out Tuesday.

Read Robert Randolph Ushers In Steel-Guitar Soul With 'Lickety Split'

July 16, 2013 – On his first album in three years, the frontman offers his own soulful twist on gospel music.


A scene from David Bowie's "Valentine's Day" video.

Watch New Video From David Bowie: 'Valentine's Day'

July 16, 2013 – Bowie's latest video isn't a big budget spectacle, but it is thrilling and intense.

Clockwise from upper left: Goldfrapp, Okkervil River, Beck, Light Heat, Sarah Neufeld

Read New Music: Beck, Okkervil River, Goldfrapp, More

July 16, 2013 – Bets are made and expectations are exceeded on this week's All Songs Considered.


Jucifer performs at the Black Cat.

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July 17, 2013 – Watch the sludge-metal duo level a D.C. club with two songs from its new, Stalingrad-themed album.

Kingsley Flood

Watch First Watch: Kingsley Flood, 'Sigh A While'

July 17, 2013 – The video for the folk-rock group's "Sigh A While" is a single-shot ode to human failure.

Queens of the Stone Age, live at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica, Calif.

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July 17, 2013 – Watch Josh Homme and company perform "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" at KCRW's Apogee Sessions. KCRW

Radiation City perform live at opbmusic.

Watch Radiation City, 'Foreign Bodies' (Live) opbmusic

July 19, 2013 – Watch the growing Portland band perform "Foreign Bodies" at opbmusic's studios. opbmusic

Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü.

Read Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

July 21, 2013 – Grant Hart's latest project in an enigmatic solo career is an ambitious album with a biblical hook.


Ebony Bones' new album, Behold, A Pale Horse, comes out August 5.

Read First Listen: Ebony Bones, 'Behold, A Pale Horse'

July 21, 2013 – The British songwriter and producer is an explosive performer who's unafraid to take creative risks.

Guards performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

Watch Guards: Tiny Desk Concert

July 22, 2013 – Hear three sturdy pop songs from In Guards We Trust, performed live at the NPR Music offices.


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