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More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

Read 'Something Being Born': On Making A Classic Album With A Boombox

August 10, 2013 – A decade ago, The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

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Musician Jim Guthrie performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 31, 2013.

Watch Jim Guthrie: Tiny Desk Concert

August 10, 2013 – Guthrie and his band drove 18 hours round-trip from Ontario to perform three songs for NPR Music.

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Shout Out Louds.

Read Shout Out Louds On World Cafe WXPN

August 9, 2013 – Having worked together for a decade, the Swedish indie-pop band goes lighter on its recent Optica. WXPN

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Peter Hughes (left) and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

Read Inside Listening: The Mountain Goats' Bassist On His Own Band's Albums

August 9, 2013 – Do musicians listen to their own music differently? Peter Hughes of The Mountain Goats finds out.

Jim James performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Listen Jim James, Live In Concert

August 9, 2013 – On his first solo album, My Morning Jacket's frontman turns inward to explore his lost wanderings.

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Hanni El Khatib at Joshua Tree National Park

Watch Hanni El Khatib Gets Saved In The Desert KCRW

August 7, 2013 – El Khatib strips down his garage-rock sound and lets the backdrop provide the drama for "Save Me." KCRW

Telekinesis.

Read Telekinesis On World Cafe WXPN

August 7, 2013 – Hear four summery tracks from the power-pop multi-instrumentalist's latest album, Dormarion. WXPN

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Houndmouth.

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

August 7, 2013 – Download music from Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin, Volcano Choir, Houndmouth and more.

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Stars will release a new 7" single, "Wishful"/"The Light," on Sept. 10.

Read Song Premiere: Stars, 'Wishful'

August 7, 2013 – Amy Millan feeds the effervescent "Wishful" her signature cocktail of vulnerability and wry grace.

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy during their performance on KCRW.

Watch Franz Ferdinand, 'Love Illumination' (Live) KCRW

August 6, 2013 – Scotland's dance-rock ambassadors perform "Love Illumination" on Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Clockwise from upper left: Elf Power, Aloonaluna, FKA Twigs, Bill Callahan

Read New Music: Elf Power, Bill Callahan, FKA Twigs, More

August 6, 2013 – Hear this week's essential new music from Bill Callahan, Elf Power, The Orwells, FKA Twigs and more.

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Members of the Mountain Goats perform live at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.

Watch The Mountain Goats, Live In Concert

August 6, 2013 – Watch excerpts from the band's set, including a song unfamiliar even to diehards: "Animal Mask."

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Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem (left) performing with Bruce Springsteen in London in 2009.

Watch When Stage Banter Goes Wrong

August 2, 2013 – Even a misunderstanding between a front man and an audience can bruise that precarious relationship.

Savages drummer Fay Milton performs during the band's visit to KCRW.

Watch Savages, 'She Will' (Live) KCRW

August 1, 2013 – Watch the British post-punk band tear through the vicious "She Will," live in the studios at KCRW. KCRW

A still from "Born Liar."

Watch Skate Or Die In A New Wolf Eyes Video

August 1, 2013 – Punks seem to get all the skateboarding videos. Why shouldn't a metallic and cavernous noise band?

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