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Ethan Johns On World Cafe

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Never Back Down: Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

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World Cafe Remembers Lou Reed

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New Mix: Death Cab For Cutie, Rhye's Milosh, La Luz, More

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Adele: A Soul Sensation At '19,' Revisited

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BoDeans On Mountain Stage

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San Fermin: Tiny Desk Concert

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Arcade Fire On Its Brand-New Beat

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Surfing Strange

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Cut Copy, 'Free Your Mind'

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Antiphon

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Magic Hour

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Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

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The new Los Campesinos! album, No Blues, comes out Oct. 29. Kirsten McTernan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Los Campesinos! Lighten Up With 'No Blues'

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Marshall Crenshaw On World Cafe

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Ann Delisi On World Cafe

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Doc Pomus, pictured here in the 1980s, was an obscure, yet prolific songwriter who died in 1991. A.K.A. Doc Pomus is a documentary about his life. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Life Of Doc Pomus, Songwriter To The Stars

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