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Elf Power's new album, Sunlight on the Moon, comes out Oct. 1.

Read First Listen: Elf Power, 'Sunlight On The Moon'

September 22, 2013 – The veteran psychedelic rock band returns with a surprisingly dark new album, its best in a decade.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business' new album is called Essential Tremors.

Read From A Punished Piano, A Rollicking Sound

September 22, 2013 – Rockers J. Roddy Walston & the Business bring their frenzied live show into NPR's studios.


The Whisky a Go Go club on the storied Sunset Strip, once the hub L.A.'s music scene, acknowledged the May 2013 death of The Doors' keyboardist on its marquee: "Rest In Peace Ray Manzarek, Thanks for the Memories."

Read Walking The Sunset Strip, A Fading Beacon Of Cool

September 21, 2013 – The future of the district where The Doors and Jane's Addiction launched careers is in question.


Midlake, the band from Denton, TX is about to release their 4 album.

Read Song Premiere: Midlake, 'Provider'

September 19, 2013 – Hear the latest single from this Denton, Texas-based, progressive rock group.


The Dodos.

Watch First Watch: The Dodos, 'Confidence'

September 19, 2013 – The video for "Confidence" is a sequel to the video for "Companions," a song from 2011's No Color.

Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore gazes over the rail on the Station to Station train as it speeds across the country.

Watch Thurston Moore And Doug Aitken Talk Art, Music And 'Station To Station'

September 18, 2013 – "Station To Station" melds live music with stunning visuals, performance art, and a speeding train.


CCR Headcleaner screenshot.

Watch CCR Headcleaner's Sludgy Noiseniks 'Steal The Light'

September 17, 2013 – The San Francisco gutter mutants spew psychedelic noise and plastered punk in their new video.

Linda Ronstadt performs in 1970.

Listen Linda Ronstadt: The Fresh Air Interview

September 17, 2013 – Ronstadt offers her frank insights on sex, drugs, and why "competition was for horse races."


Clockwise from upper left: Beck, Cate Le Bon, Arp's Alexis Georgopoulos, Best Coast

Read New Mix: Beck, Best Coast, Joanna Gruesome, More

September 17, 2013 – Beck's third single since June is the best of the bunch. Hear it and more on this week's All Songs.


Robert Scott of New Zealand rock band The Bats.

Watch The Bats, 'Free All The Monsters' (Live) KEXP

September 16, 2013 – The veteran Kiwi pop band stops by KEXP's studios in Seattle during a rare North American tour. KEXP

Wildcat! Wildcat!

Read World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat! WXPN

September 16, 2013 – Hear two new songs from the punchy and promising L.A. indie-rock band's debut EP. WXPN


Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Read Vintage Cafe: Bon Iver WXPN

September 16, 2013 – Hear Justin Vernon's stripped-down performance of the divisive, '80s-style power ballad "Beth/Rest." WXPN


Au Revoir Simone's new album, Move in Spectrums, comes out Sept. 24.

Read First Listen: Au Revoir Simone, 'Move In Spectrums'

September 15, 2013 – For all its serrated melancholy, the band knows well enough to inject its songs with sass and snap.

Mazzy Star's new album, Seasons of Your Day, comes out Sept. 24.

Read First Listen: Mazzy Star, 'Seasons Of Your Day'

September 15, 2013 – The duo's first album in 17 years arrives as Mazzy Star's sound is being echoed by other artists.

Mike Doughty's latest album, Circles Super Bon Bon, revisits songs from his years fronting the band Soul Coughing.

Read Mike Doughty Annuls The 'Dark Marriage' Of His Former Band

September 15, 2013 – The former Soul Coughing frontman is calling a mulligan and revisiting his old band's catalog.


Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto of Majical Cloudz.

Watch Majical Cloudz, 'Childhood's End' (Live) KCRW

September 12, 2013 – Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto bring their intense synth-pop sound to Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Bill Callahan in the 6th and B Community Garden.

Watch Bill Callahan Sings 'Small Plane' In A Serene City Soundcheck

September 11, 2013 – New York's 6th & B Community Garden provides a perfect setting for the singer once known as Smog. Soundcheck

Mark Mulcahy.

Read Mark Mulcahy On World Cafe WXPN

September 10, 2013 – Hear the former singer of Miracle Legion and Polaris perform four songs in the World Cafe studio. WXPN


The 1975 performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

Watch The 1975: Tiny Desk Concert

September 10, 2013 – Performing solo, singer Matthew Healy doesn't hesitate to transform both his songs and himself.


Royal Bangs.

Read World Cafe Next: Royal Bangs WXPN

September 9, 2013 – Hear two songs produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Carney from the Knoxville's band upcoming album. WXPN


Sharon Van Etten (right) performs "Tarifa" for KEXP.

Watch Sharon Van Etten, 'Tarifa' (Live) KEXP

September 9, 2013 – Watch the singer-songwriter introduce the brand-new "Tarifa," from her upcoming album, in Portland. KEXP

San Fermin's self-titled debut comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: San Fermin, 'San Fermin'

September 8, 2013 – Three singers' voices swap out and intertwine throughout the band's ambitious, evocative debut.

Elvis Costello and The Roots' new album, Wise Up Ghost, comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: Elvis Costello & The Roots, 'Wise Up Ghost'

September 8, 2013 – This collaboration sounds like the best of Costello's stuff, and like nothing he's done before.

Sebadoh's new album, Defend Yourself, comes out Sept. 17.

Read First Listen: Sebadoh, 'Defend Yourself'

September 8, 2013 – The band's first album since 1999 captures the energy of musicians brought back from the brink.

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