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Dave Alvin.

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December 3, 2012 – Alvin returns to his fiery electric roots with songs from his latest record, Eleven Eleven.

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Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records and the bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, and Amy Farina, formerly of The Warmers, form The Evens. Their third album together is called The Odds.

Read The Evens: The Power Of Turning Down The Volume

December 2, 2012 – Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina, punk veterans and a married couple, discuss their new album, The Odds.

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Photographer Ken Regan with the Rolling Stones, 1977

Read Remembering A Rock Star: Photographer Ken Regan

December 2, 2012 – Regan was a big deal: How often does Mick Jagger write book introductions for photographers?

In 1994, a cover by the late Jeff Buckley helped save "Hallelujah" from musical obscurity.

Watch Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures

December 2, 2012 – Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is a popular power anthem now, but almost never saw light of day.

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Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s.

Read A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online

December 1, 2012 – As a record executive in the 1980s, Joe Smith recorded dozens of informal interviews with musicians.

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Freelance Whales.

Read Freelance Whales On World Cafe WXPN

November 30, 2012 – The band makes huge tiny music, employing delicate instruments that add up to something majestic. WXPN

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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up!

Read Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

November 29, 2012 – A new compilation traces the history of electric blues from its rocky start through its heyday.

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Screenshot from the Mr. Gnome video "House Of Circles"

Watch See What $2,000 And An Epic Imagination Will Get You

November 29, 2012 – The Cleveland-based duo's new video is a dark and stylish fantasy about a battle to save the world.

Yeasayer

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November 29, 2012 – On Fragrant World, the band adopts a sparser sound. Hear Yeasayer perform live in the studio. WXPN

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

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November 28, 2012 – The rowdy blues-rock revivalist joins host David Dye in the studio to play songs from Meat and Bone. WXPN

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Clockwise from upper left: Acid Pauli, Kendrick Lamar, Samuel Yirga, Kelan Philip Cohran, Waxahatchee, Pallbearer, Matthew Dear

Read The Albums We Missed This Year

November 27, 2012 – The All Songs hosts can't hear it all, so they caught up on great 2012 records with NPR colleagues.

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Electric Guest.

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November 27, 2012 – Hear this Danger Mouse-approved songwriter perform four songs in the World Cafe studio. WXPN

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Le Tigre.

Watch Bedroom Dancing: Le Tigre By Accident

November 27, 2012 – A new fan recalls first hearing the band in high school, on a mixtape meant for someone else.

San Cisco performs on The Current.

Watch San Cisco: An 'Awkward' Upstart From Down Under KCMP

November 27, 2012 – Watch the irresistible Australian band perform its hit "Awkward," live at The Current in Minnesota. KCMP

Elephant Stone.

Read Next: Elephant Stone WXPN

November 26, 2012 – The metallic, resonant drones of a sitar twist the band's pop songs into something unexpected. WXPN

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