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Alabama Shakes' members infuse rock 'n' roll with soul, blues and country.

Read Alabama Shakes On World Cafe WXPN

December 31, 2012 – Hear the rock 'n' roll quartet perform its enthusiastic, soulful songs live in the studio. WXPN


Detail from the Berberian Sound Studio poster. Broadcast was working on the soundtrack music for the film when singer Trish Keenan died in early 2011.

Read First Listen: Broadcast, 'Berberian Sound Studio'

December 30, 2012 – Broadcast's Trish Keenan died two years ago, but she left behind this gorgeous tapestry of sound.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke leads Atoms for Peace, his supergroup with Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.

Watch It's Never Early To Think About 2013's Best Music

December 30, 2012 – Hear about anticipated albums for 2013 by Atoms for Peace, Aaron Neville, Rhye and more.


Beck's newest album, Song Reader, is a collection of sheet music intended to be arranged and recorded by his fans.

Read Beck Explains 'Song Reader,' An Album Fans Perform Themselves

December 29, 2012 – The shape-shifting musician's latest release is less an album than a blueprint.


The Cash family house today.

Read Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

December 29, 2012 – With guidance from Cash's siblings, the tiny, dilapidated house is being painstakingly restored.


Lord Huron.

Read Lord Huron On World Cafe WXPN

December 28, 2012 – Singer Ben Schneider is the creative force behind the rhythmically inventive folk-pop band. WXPN


The Killers perform on the season finale of NBC's The Voice last week.

Watch The Killers Return, Guitar-Rock Holdouts In A Pop World

December 26, 2012 – One of few stadium-rock acts left on the radio, the band emerged from a five-year hiatus this fall.


Clockwise from upper left: Low, FaltyDL, Jose James, Ileana Cabra, Earl Sweatshirt

Read 2013 Winter Music Preview

December 26, 2012 – Hear some of the music we're looking forward to in 2013, including records from Low and Josh Ritter.


Perfume Genius.

Watch Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'

December 26, 2012 – The songwriter covers unsettling topics, like suicide and his mother's experience with sexual abuse.


Andrew Bird performs on The Current.

Watch Andrew Bird: The Folksy Side Of An Inventive Star KCMP

December 22, 2012 – Watch the singer, songwriter and violinist play "Three White Horses" live at The Current's studios. KCMP

Geddy Lee of Rush performs at the Barclays Center on October 22, 2012 in Brooklyn.

Watch Loving Rush, With All My Heart And Brain

December 20, 2012 – For one nerd, mean, mean pride in the band and its election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Minus The Bear.

Watch Minus The Bear On World Cafe WXPN

December 20, 2012 – The Seattle band plays an acoustic set of intricate, melodic rock songs from its latest album. WXPN


Joe Strummer performs with his solo project, The Latino Rockabilly War, in 1989. The Clash frontman died of heart failure in December 2002.

Watch Joe Strummer's Life After Death

December 20, 2012 – The singer, co-founder and potent political voice of The Clash died 10 years ago this week.


Stasia Irons of THEESatisfaction performs at KEXP's All Songs Considered party at The Vera Project on August 20, 2012.

Read 10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012

December 19, 2012 – Download 10 songs from public radio's favorite new artists of the year.

Director David Chase and Executive Producer and Music Supervisor Steve Van Zandt on the set of Not Fade Away.

Read 'Not Fade': Rock 'N' Roll, Here To Stay

December 19, 2012 – Sopranos creator David Chase enlisted Steven Van Zandt's help on a movie about a '60s band.


The Mountain Goats.

Listen The Mountain Goats On Mountain Stage

December 18, 2012 – Hear John Darnielle and his band play indie-folk songs from their new album, Transcendental Youth.


The Henry Millers.

Read Next: The Henry Millers WXPN

December 17, 2012 – The band plays bright, infectious indie-rock, folk and synth-pop on its debut album, Daisies. WXPN


INTERACTIVE: BOB BOILEN'S WRISTBANDS 2012 - Wristbands, ticket stubs and badges from a few of the hundreds of shows Bob Boilen saw in 2012.

Read Bob Boilen's 243 Favorite Concerts Of 2012

December 17, 2012 – Out of 462 concerts, the ones that stuck with Bob Boilen all featured an element of surprise.

Alt-J Tiny Desk Performance NPR 2012

Watch Alt-J: Tiny Desk Concert

December 17, 2012 – The Mercury Prize-winning band plays angular, poetic, inventive music that takes unexpected turns.


Someone took this Santa's violin.

Read The Mix: Jingle Jams WXPN

December 16, 2012 – From WXPN, hear a mix of holiday favorites and originals featuring The Beatles, U2, Adele and more. WXPN

Divine Fits at the KEXP studio in Seattle

Watch Divine Fits: One Of The 'Nicest' Songs Of 2012 KEXP

December 16, 2012 – Watch Britt Daniel's new band perform one of public radio's songs of 2012, "Would That Not Be Nice." KEXP

Rod Stewart is a Grammy-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He has two new releases this fall: the memoir Rod and the holiday album Merry Christmas, Baby.

Watch Rod Stewart: Big Dreams, Bigger Hair

December 16, 2012 – At 67, Stewart is finally tackling two rock-star milestones: a memoir and a Christmas album.


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.


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