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The cover of Sofrito: International Soundclash, a compilation of Tropical music recently released by the Strut label.

Read Now That's What I Call A Compilation

December 13, 2012 – In the Internet era, single-artist albums are suffering, but compilations are thriving.


Read Top 10 Metal Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – From straight-up death to a bluegrass 'n' black hybrid, these are the metal LPs that hurt so good.

NPR listeners picked Mumford And Sons' Babel as their favorite record for 2012.

Read Listener Picks: Your Favorite Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012 – We count down the top 25 most popular records of the year from our listener poll.


The Afghan Whigs on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: The Afghan Whigs KCRW

December 12, 2012 – Watch Greg Dulli and company power through Gentlemen's "Fountain and Fairfax" live at KCRW. KCRW

Yukon Blonde.

Read Yukon Blonde On World Cafe WXPN

December 12, 2012 – The Vancouver band visits David Dye to play unexpectedly sunny songs from its new album, Tiger Talk. WXPN


The Beatles look out of the Magical Mystery Tour coach skylight, on location in England in September 1967.

Read Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'

December 12, 2012 – TV critic David Bianculli reviews a new documentary about the 1967 Beatles film.



Watch First Watch: The Return Of Mercury Prize Finalist Villagers

December 11, 2012 – A new album, {Awayland}, will be out in the U.S. in April. Watch a video for "Nothing Arrived" now.

Fiona Apple's The Idler Wheel... is a sustained mood piece, a series of intricate word puzzles swaddled in ferocious emotion.

Read Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 11, 2012 – From the inescapable "Call Me Maybe" to Fiona Apple, the Fresh Air critic counts down the year.


The Rolling Stones perform at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Dec. 8.

Read Should The Rolling Stones Hang It Up?

December 11, 2012 – Still performing after 50 years, the Stones make you wonder: Are aging rock stars the future?


Read Next: Leagues WXPN

December 10, 2012 – Hear two of the catchiest songs from the Nashville trio's forthcoming debut album, You Belong Here. WXPN



Read Alt-J On World Cafe WXPN

December 10, 2012 – The band, which takes its name from the mathematical symbol for change, just released its debut. WXPN


The dreamy cover image of The Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the work of illustrator John Craig.

Read 'Mellon Collie' Mystery Girl

December 7, 2012 – The visual icon of the Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album is a woman of multiple personalities.

Laetitia Sadier performs on KCRW.

Watch KCRW Presents: Laetitia Sadier KCRW

December 6, 2012 – Watch the former Stereolab singer perform "Find Me the Pulse of the Universe" live in the studio. KCRW

Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A.

Read For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets

December 5, 2012 – The surf-rock band spends a day hanging out at NPR and providing All Things Considered's soundtrack.



Read Jovanotti On World Cafe WXPN

December 5, 2012 – The Italian star plays pop and hip-hop songs — and talks about his recent "pilgrimage" to America. WXPN


Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean.

Read The Year In Music, 2012

December 5, 2012 – The All Songs Considered gang gabs about the year's biggest surprises, best new artists and more.



Read Stars On World Cafe WXPN

December 4, 2012 – The band plays songs from its new album and discusses the recording process with host David Dye. WXPN


The Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Omnibus includes 45 seven-inch singles highlighting local soul scenes from around the country.

Watch Saviors Of Local Soul: The Archival Science Of The Numero Group

December 4, 2012 – Reissue labels generally fly below the radar, but the Numero Group has made a name for itself.

Metz performs live on KEXP in Seattle.

Watch Metz: A Royal 'Headache' KEXP

December 4, 2012 – In 2012, the punk trio has made some of the loudest noise in music. Watch Metz perform "Headache." KEXP

The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it.

Watch A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey

December 4, 2012 – Nels Cline, Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp are among the 65 guitarists who recorded for the project.


Jakob Dylan and his Wallflowers sat down with David Dye on World Cafe.

Read The Wallflowers On World Cafe WXPN

December 3, 2012 – Listen to an interview with David Dye and excerpts from the band's recent set at World Cafe Live. WXPN



Read Next: Guards WXPN

December 3, 2012 – Hear songs from the hazy and hooky Brooklyn pop band's forthcoming album, In Guards We Trust. WXPN


Dave Alvin.

Listen Dave Alvin On Mountain Stage

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


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.


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?

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