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Jim James.

Watch Jim James, 'State Of The Art' (Live) KCRW

October 3, 2013 – Watch the My Morning Jacket singer perform a special show at the Apogee Studios in Santa Monica. KCRW

Video for the Jackson Scott song "Sandy."

Watch Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'

October 3, 2013 – The relatively upbeat pop of Jackson Scott's "Sandy" belies its profoundly disturbing themes.

Jim Bianco wants to write a song about you. Yes, you.

Read You're Only 69 Questions Away From A New Song (About You)

October 2, 2013 – Every one of the 17 songs on Jim Bianco's new album Cookie Cutter is inspired by a fan.


Little Comets.

Listen Little Comets On World Cafe WXPN

October 2, 2013 – The British trio visits WXPN to perform songs from its percussive and thought-provoking U.S. debut. WXPN



Watch On 'Days Are Gone,' Three Sisters HAIM It Up

October 2, 2013 – Can the highly publicized band turn its hype into hits? Ken Tucker wants to join the fan club.


Dr. Dog.

Listen Dr. Dog On World Cafe WXPN

October 1, 2013 – The Philly band performs a soulful set of songs from the new B-Room, live in its own studio. WXPN


Clockwise from upper left: Danny Brown, Fuzz, The Blow, Tom Brosseau

Read New Mix: Fuzz, Danny Brown, Linda Thompson, More

October 1, 2013 – The All Songs Considered gang shares this week's mix of essential listening.


Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now.

Watch Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

September 30, 2013 – Lorde's hit "Royals" is just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from her pop peers.


Eleanor Friedberger performs live on KEXP.

Watch Eleanor Friedberger, 'Stare At The Sun' (Live) KEXP

September 30, 2013 – The singer, known for her work in Fiery Furnaces, performs live in KEXP's Seattle studios. KEXP

King Krule performs live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Watch King Krule, 'Baby Blue' (Live) KCRW

September 27, 2013 – Watch the crooning redhead make his U.S. radio debut on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.

Watch Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

September 26, 2013 – A new compilation collects Shadow Morton's hits for The Shangri-Las, Iron Butterfly and Janis Ian.


Wooden Wand & The World War IV.

Read Wooden Wand Is Playing At 'Debbie Harry's House'

September 26, 2013 – World War IV is all gnarly and distorted and downtrodden, big-men-with-big-feelings kind of stuff.

HAIM's new album, Days Are Gone, comes out Sept. 30.

Read First Listen: HAIM, 'Days Are Gone'

September 25, 2013 – Three sisters channel influences most listeners will recognize within a fresh, personal sound.

Elvis Costello and ?uestlove of The Roots.

Read Elvis Costello And The Roots On World Cafe WXPN

September 24, 2013 – The stars appear in the studio to perform songs from their new collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost. WXPN


Clockwise from upper left: Anna Calvi, M.I.A., Poliça, members of Los Campesinos!, Deltron 3030 and Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie

Read Fall Music Preview

September 24, 2013 – Hear All Songs Considered's massive 2013 fall preview with new music from M.I.A., Poliça, and more.


Lucy Schwartz.

Watch Lucy Schwartz Is In Love With Her Own Voice, And That's OK

September 24, 2013 – On her new album Timekeeper, the singer-songwriter often sounds like a throwback to another era.


Chvrches in the studios of 89.3 The Current.

Watch Chvrches, 'Recover' (Live) KCMP

September 24, 2013 – Watch the Scottish synth-pop trio perform a stripped-down version of its most rousing anthem. KCMP

Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill.

Watch Kings Of Leon: Back With The 'Comeback Story Of A Lifetime'

September 24, 2013 – The gritty Southern rock group picks up where it left off with Mechanical Bull.


Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."

Watch Elton John: The Fresh Air Interview

September 23, 2013 – The pop star tells Terry Gross about how Liberace inspired him to make the piano a star instrument.


Ray LaMontagne

Read Vintage Cafe: Ray LaMontagne WXPN

September 23, 2013 – In this archival recording, the singer-songwriter performs songs from a 2010 album with his band. WXPN


Memphis rock band Oblivians.

Watch Oblivians, 'Em' (Live) KEXP

September 23, 2013 – Watch Memphis garage rockers Greg Cartwright, Jack Yarber and Eric Friedl perform "Em" at KEXP. KEXP

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.


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