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Ethan Johns.

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October 29, 2013 – The English producer visits WXPN to perform songs from his debut album, If Not Now Then When? WXPN

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"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says.

Watch Never Back Down: Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

October 29, 2013 – "In Lou Reed's world, when you were Lou's friend you knew it," his longtime publicist says.

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Lou Reed.

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October 29, 2013 – In this archival conversation, the influential singer offers insights into The Velvet Underground. WXPN

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Clockwise from upper left: Death Cab For Cutie, Milosh, Swearin', La Luz

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October 29, 2013 – Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share their latest faves, including a band banned from the NYC subway.

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Modern Kin performs live for opbmusic.

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October 29, 2013 – Watch the gospel-tinged indie-rock band from Portland, Ore., recorded live in the opbmusic studios. opbmusic

The latest video directed by Tyler The Creator is from an artist who wishes to remain anonymous.

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October 28, 2013 – The latest video from Odd Future co-founder Tyler, The Creator isn't at all what you might expect.

Adele.

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October 28, 2013 – Hear the English singer perform songs from her coming-of-age album, 19, in this session from 2008. WXPN

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BoDeans recently performed live on Mountain Stage.

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October 28, 2013 – The Wisconsin rock band's newest Mountain Stage set draws from its 11th studio album, American Made.

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San Fermin performs at a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 19, 2013.

Watch San Fermin: Tiny Desk Concert

October 28, 2013 – The orchestral folk-pop band's little song-worlds burst with ambition, talent and extreme joy.

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Julia Holter performs live on KEXP.

Watch Julia Holter, 'City Appearing' (Live) KEXP

October 28, 2013 – Watch the gifted composer and her live band perform "City Appearing" in KEXP's Seattle studios. KEXP

Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, comes out Tuesday.

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October 28, 2013 – Regine Chassagne and Win Butler explain the cross-cultural themes behind the new album Reflektor.

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Swearin's new album, Surfing Strange, comes out Nov. 5.

Read First Listen: Swearin', 'Surfing Strange'

October 27, 2013 – The band's second album rolls four distinct personalities into a ball of fuzz and tension.

Cut Copy's new album, Free Your Mind, comes out Nov. 5.

Read First Listen: Cut Copy, 'Free Your Mind'

October 27, 2013 – The rallying cry of acid house to let your hair down is filtered through a pop kaleidoscope.

Midlake's new album, Antiphon, comes out Nov. 5.

Read First Listen: Midlake, 'Antiphon'

October 27, 2013 – The band from Denton, Texas, does grand the way Pink Floyd did: big ideas with a massive sound.

Kronos Quartet's new album, Aheym, comes out Nov. 5. All the music on this album was composed by Bryce Dessner (center) of the rock group The National.

Read First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

October 27, 2013 – The National's Bryce Dessner composed all the music for this album.

Luscious Jackson's new album, Magic Hour, comes out Nov. 5.

Read First Listen: Luscious Jackson, 'Magic Hour'

October 27, 2013 – The '90s alternative rock group is back with its first new album in fourteen years.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Musician Lou Reed performs during the Creative Coalition's "Seconding the First" Gala Benefit Concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 29, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

Watch What Does Lou Reed's Music Mean To You?

October 27, 2013 – Share your thoughts, stories and memories of the rock iconoclast's music.

Lou Reed onstage in Amsterdam in 1975.

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October 27, 2013 – Reed's message is that opening up your being is inevitable, dangerous and the main purpose of life.

Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71.

Watch Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

October 27, 2013 – Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s. He died Sunday at age 71.

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The new Los Campesinos! album, No Blues, comes out Oct. 29.

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October 26, 2013 – Lead singer Gareth David talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his band's upcoming album.

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Marshall Crenshaw.

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October 25, 2013 – The guitarist provides listeners with a selection of staple Detroit songs for Sense of Place. WXPN

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Ann Delisi.

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October 25, 2013 – The host of WDET-FM's Ann Delisi's Essential Music highlights new Detroit acts for Sense of Place. WXPN

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Arcade Fire

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October 24, 2013 – The entire new Arcade Fire album Reflektor can be heard here.

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.

Read The Life Of Doc Pomus, Songwriter To The Stars

October 24, 2013 – Director Peter Miller discusses his recent documentary about a prolific, yet obscure songwriter.

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Primal Scream performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Watch Primal Scream, 'It's Alright, It's OK' (Live) KCRW

October 24, 2013 – British rock icon Bobby Gillespie sings "It's Alright, It's OK" from this year's More Light LP. KCRW

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