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Ebony Bones' new album, Behold, A Pale Horse, comes out August 5. Tim Bret-Day/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music: Beck, Okkervil River, Goldfrapp, More

Bets are made and expectations are exceeded on this week's All Songs Considered.

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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 Morgen Schuler/KEXP hide caption

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' new, self-titled album comes out July 23. Nora Kirkpatrick /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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." Anders Nydam/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

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

"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."

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BRONCHO On World Cafe

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The aggressive Oklahoma-based band straddles the line between pop and punk. Their debut album Can't Get Past The Lips has 10 songs but clocks in at just 20 minutes.

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

It's been a big year for '90s bands. This week we revisit an episode we originally ran in early 2011 all about the return of the '90s.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club On World Cafe

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Hear the band perform a stripped-down session, recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

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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. Magnolia hide caption

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