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Elephant Stone.

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


Sufjan Stevens released Silver & Gold Nov. 13.

Read First Listen: Sufjan Stevens, 'Silver & Gold'

November 25, 2012 – In nearly three hours of music, impeccable grace never strays far from playful ridiculousness.

Tracey Thorn's album Tinsel and Lights was released Oct. 30.

Read First Listen: Tracey Thorn, 'Tinsel And Lights'

November 25, 2012 – The Everything but the Girl singer's holiday album is as warmly rendered as it is bittersweet.

(From left) Robert Sledge, Ben Folds and Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five.

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November 23, 2012 – Hear a four-song set from the wildly popular pianist and his re-formed band. WXPN


What do you want for the holidays?

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November 23, 2012 – Our staff picks out a lavish holiday wish list, from the practical to the fantastical.

Sharon Van Etten's Tramp was released in February by Jagjaguwar.

Watch An Early Peek At Our Favorite Music Of 2012

November 22, 2012 – While we finalize our list, here's a preview of NPR Music's favorite albums of the year.


For just one day, let's pretend like it's 1967.

Read Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

November 21, 2012 – This Friday, independent record stores will offer new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl.

Delta Rae.

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November 21, 2012 – The popular North Carolina folk-rock band performs a four-song set in the World Cafe studio. WXPN


With so much new music, who has time to listen to this? And with all this old music, who has time to listen to the new stuff?

Watch How Much Music Is Too Much Music?

November 21, 2012 – Advice on balancing old favorites with new discoveries, the etiquette of taste-making, and more.

Regina Spektor performs for KCRW.

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November 21, 2012 – Watch the pianist perform "The Party" for KCRW listeners at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio. KCRW

Clockwise from top: Seryn, Sam Phillips, Adam Arcuragi, Michael Benjamin Lerner of the band Telekinesis.

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November 20, 2012 – Bob and Robin look at amazing bands that haven't found the audience they deserve.


The Insect Trust.

Watch The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

November 20, 2012 – Free jazzers, hippie rockers and country-blues musicians made up this ragtag late-'60s band.



Watch First Watch: Ahleuchatistas, 'Lighted Stairs'

November 20, 2012 – Inventive guitar, prog-rock influences and globe-spanning sounds are set against military images.

Sera Cahoone

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November 20, 2012 – Watch the Seattle singer perform "Deer Creek Canyon" at the Doug Fir in Portland for opbmusic. opbmusic

The L.A. duo Foxygen just released a new song, "Shuggie," which Philadelphia's WXPN quickly embraced.

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

November 20, 2012 – Download new music from Foxygen, bassist Marcus Miller, folk singer Rayna Geller and more.

The Fresh and Onlys.

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November 19, 2012 – Fusing garage-rock and pop with punk, the band just released Long Slow Dance (Mexican Summer). WXPN


Dad's playing his music again and no one is happy.

Read Who Controls The Music In Your House?

November 19, 2012 – When your family comes together for Thanksgiving this year, who will be in charge of the soundtrack?

Benjamin Gibbard performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Nov. 8, 2012.

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November 19, 2012 – For Tiny Desk Concert No. 250, the Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service singer performs solo.


Grizzly Bear.

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November 19, 2012 – Originally started as a bedroom project, the band just released the lavishly produced Shields. WXPN


King Animal is Soundgarden's first studio album in 15 years.

Watch Armed With Age And Experience, Soundgarden Returns

November 18, 2012 – Singer Chris Cornell discusses the band's breakup, reunion and the new album, King Animal.


Vintage Trouble recently reissued its 2010 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions.

Read Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

November 17, 2012 – On tour with The Who, the retro R&B outfit has risen swiftly since forming just two years ago.


Mick Jagger says "Gimme Shelter" is about a "world closing in on you."

Watch Mick Jagger On The Apocalyptic 'Gimme Shelter'

November 16, 2012 – The 1969 song is about a "world closing in on you" — and it still speaks to us today.


The Zolas

Watch A Band Becomes Animation, With Amazing Results

November 16, 2012 – The stop-motion video for The Zolas' song "Knot In My Heart" was excruciating to make, but worth it.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood says 1980's "Dance (Pt. 1)," which he helped write, was designed to get people moving.

Watch Ron Wood's Funky Contribution To The Stones Canon

November 15, 2012 – Wood says the disco-inflected "Dance (Pt. 1)," which he helped write, always gets people moving.


Titus Andronicus.

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November 15, 2012 – The New Jersey band has never shied away from big ideas, dispensed with vein-bulging urgency. WXPN


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