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Ryley Walker.

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December 16, 2013 – Hear two songs from the Chicago psych-folk guitarist's swirling and earthy EP, The West Wind. WXPN


With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.

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December 16, 2013 – With new songs and covers, La La Brooks' All or Nothing isn't just an attempted career comeback.


The audience at a Liars performance in 2010.

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December 16, 2013 – A songwriter is done with the environment of immunity for lyrics that bring nothing to the table.

Khaela Maricich (left) and Melissa Dyne of The Blow.

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December 16, 2013 – The All Songs Considered host shares an overstuffed list of the albums he loved this year.

Kacey Musgraves.

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December 16, 2013 – The best albums of 2013 stand as album-length statements rather than mere collections of good songs.

Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.

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December 13, 2013 – Three distinct live recordings from around 1970 each capture an artist whose career was changing.



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December 13, 2013 – The ever-evolving Texas folk-rock group performs material from its new album, Antiphon. WXPN


Lead singer John McCauley (center) and Deer Tick.

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December 12, 2013 – The Rhode Island rock band visits WXPN to perform songs from its latest album, Negativity. WXPN


British songwriter Laura Mvula was a favorite on public radio stations around the country.

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December 12, 2013 – Hear public radio stations' favorite songs of the year, from indie rock to cutting-edge classical.


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December 11, 2013 – The sibling-dominated pop-rock trio performs fan favorites for Sense of Place: Pittsburgh. WXPN


Cindy Howes, host of Morning Mix on WYEP in Pittsburgh.

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December 11, 2013 – The host of WYEP's Morning Mix highlights six rising Pittsburgh acts for Sense of Place. WXPN


Be careful near that window, Have a Nice Life.

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December 11, 2013 – Have a Nice Life's "Defenestration Song" is a pitch-black, post-punk party-starter for the gloomy.

Of Montreal performs live at KCRW on Nov. 11, 2013.

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December 11, 2013 – Watch the effervescent Kevin Barnes and his band perform "Fugitive Air" on Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Bill Callahan.

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December 10, 2013 – During his visit to WXPN's studios, the indie singer-songwriter performs songs from Dream River. WXPN


The Beach Boys in 1964. Top row: Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson. Bottom row: Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian Wilson.

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December 10, 2013 – Made in California presents the rise and slow fade of a once-great force in American music.



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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.

Watch The Waterboys, 'Mad As The Mist & Snow' (Live) KEXP

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.

Read Why Would Nick Lowe Make A Christmas Album? Ask Nick Lowe

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


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