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December 9, 2013 – Hear two tracks from the Irish band's infectious debut Swoon when you download this week's podcast. WXPN


The Waterboys performed live at KEXP on Oct. 11.

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December 9, 2013 – Watch the long-running Irish group perform "Mad As The Mist & Snow" live in KEXP's Seattle studios. KEXP

The Head and the Heart.

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December 9, 2013 – The Seattle band plays an enchanting set in front of an enthusiastic audience at World Cafe Live. WXPN


Nick Lowe's Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family is an album of original holiday songs and some reworked classics.

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December 8, 2013 – The esteemed songwriter explains his conflicted stance on holiday music, and performs live.


The Bobs performing live on Mountain Stage.

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December 6, 2013 – Hear the a cappella group perform songs about famous (and not-so-famous) historical figures.


Ray Davies.

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December 5, 2013 – The British rocker discusses his new memoir, Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story. WXPN


Taylor Muse (front), lead singer of the Austin indie-rock band Quiet Company, says the group is ready to be seen as more than just "the atheist band."

Read For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained

December 5, 2013 – Quiet Company, a Texas indie rock outfit, would rather not be known as "that atheist band."


Dominique Pruitt performs live on Mountain Stage.

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December 5, 2013 – Pruitt pays homage to classic pop while remaining rooted in contemporary West Coast sounds.


Pow Pow (left) and Honus Honus of Man Man.

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December 5, 2013 – Hear the experimental Philadelphia band perform songs from On Oni Pond in a funky, whimsical set. WXPN



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December 4, 2013 – The North Carolina band plays songs from the provocatively titled I Hate Music, live in the studio. WXPN


Mark Mulcahy, the songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy," returns after eight years and a tragic loss.

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December 4, 2013 – The songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy" returns after eight years and a tragic loss.


Mike Doughty.

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December 3, 2013 – The former Soul Coughing frontman performs songs that gained the band popularity in the '90s. WXPN


The Dismemberment Plan performs a Tiny Desk concert in October 2013.

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December 2, 2013 – The band exudes playfulness and wry charm throughout these three songs from Uncanney Valley.


Donald Fagen's new memoir is titled Eminent Hipster.

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November 29, 2013 – The founding member of Steely Dan speaks with World Cafe about his new memoir, Eminent Hipsters. WXPN


Musician and riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna — formerly of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, now with The Julie Ruin — is the fascinating central figure in the biographical documentary The Punk Singer.

Read Silent For Years, A Riot Grrrl Steps Back To The Mic

November 28, 2013 – The documentary follows the life and career of Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna.

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