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Anthony D'Amato and Katy Pinke perform a Tiny Desk Concert September 30, 2014.

Watch Anthony D'Amato: Tiny Desk Concert

D'Amato's music can feel Motown-y, garage-y and Springsteen-y, but he sounds sparer here.


The Budos Band.

Listen The Budos Band On World Cafe WXPN

The nine-member band showcases a mix of funk and Afrobeat on its new album, Burnt Offering. WXPN


A still from Broken Water's "Love And Poverty" video.

Watch First Watch: Broken Water, 'Love And Poverty'

The everyday becomes tranquil in the dreamy Olympia noise-pop band's new video.


Watch alt-J, 'Bloodflood Pt. II' (Live) KEXP

The eclectic English rock band performs "Bloodflood Pt. II" from its new album, This Is All Yours. KEXP

Janet Weiss (left), Carrie Brownstein (center) and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney. The trio's first album since 2005 will be out on Jan. 20.

Watch Sleater-Kinney Reunites, Announces New Album

Hear "Bury Our Friends," a song from the trio's new album, No Cities to Love, due out Jan. 20.

Restorations' new album, LP3, comes out Oct. 28.

Listen First Listen: Restorations, 'LP3'

October 19, 2014 – A rattling, unpinnable, punk-rooted record, LP3 doesn't know when to stop baring its soul.


Lily & Madeleine's new album, Fumes, comes out Oct. 28.

Listen First Listen: Lily & Madeleine, 'Fumes'

October 19, 2014 – For all their inviting pop sensibilities, these are inward-looking songs; secrets between siblings.


Daniel Lanois' new album, Flesh And Machine, comes out Oct. 28.

Listen First Listen: Daniel Lanois, 'Flesh And Machine'

October 19, 2014 – After four decades of making records, Lanois has decided to chase sounds that have never been.


The Flaming Lips' new album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, comes out Oct. 28.

Listen First Listen: The Flaming Lips, 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

October 19, 2014 – On its tribute to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the group heads down curious side roads.


Yusuf's (formerly known as Cat Stevens) new album, Tell 'Em I'm Gone, comes out Oct. 27.

Listen First Listen: Yusuf/Cat Stevens, 'Tell 'Em I'm Gone'

October 19, 2014 – The singer tackles weighty questions by looking backward, using the blues to unlock buried memories.


Medicine's new album, Home Everywhere, comes out Oct. 28.

Listen First Listen: Medicine, 'Home Everywhere'

October 19, 2014 – The band never quite caught on in the '90s, but its renaissance continues to produce new wrinkles.


Future Hall Of Famers?: Green Day's Tre Cool (left), Billie Joe Armstrong (center) and Mike Dirnt) in New York City in 1994.

Read The Right Way To Complain About The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

October 19, 2014 – It's time to separate the legitimate gripes about the induction process from narrow-minded grousing.

Primus' new album is titled Primus & The Chocolate Factory.

Watch Primus: Music Makers, Dreamer Of Dreams

October 18, 2014 – "I hope I don't piss off Gene Wilder," Les Claypool says of Primus & The Chocolate Factory.


Tiny Desk Concert with Ásgeir on October 6, 2014.

Watch Ásgeir: Tiny Desk Concert

October 18, 2014 – The Icelandic singer's voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal.


Shakey Graves' new album is titled And The War Came.

Watch A Suitcase Musician Comes Home: Shakey Graves On 'And The War Came'

October 18, 2014 – The former one-man band expands his sound on his new album, which marks a return to Austin.


Charlie Watts, still laying down beats for The Rolling Stones, in a 2010 New York concert.

Read Puzzler: Name That Drum Fill

October 17, 2014 – Our weekly puzzler for careful listeners: Hear the drum fill and match it to the song.

Valerie Gore, 'S.O.'

Watch First Watch: Valery Gore, 'S.O.'

October 16, 2014 – The Toronto-based singer's raw vocals on "S.O." are complemented by a a stark, fretful video.

Lia Ices.

Read RSVP For Our Showcase During The CMJ Marathon

October 16, 2014 – Come see Elle Varner, Lia Ices and more on Oct. 22 — for free. Here's how to get tickets.

Elle Varner will perform at NPR Music's showcase during the CMJ Music Marathon.

Read NPR Music Presents: A Showcase Of Rising Stars

October 16, 2014 – Join us on Oct. 22 for a webcast featuring Elle Varner, B.J. The Chicago Kid, Lia Ices and Cayetana.

Duncan Sheik's seventh album, Legerdemain, will come out in 2015.

Read Hear Two Songs From Duncan Sheik's Next Album

October 16, 2014 – The pop songwriter and Broadway composer talks about Legerdemain, his first new album since 2009.

Black Prairie.

Listen Black Prairie On World Cafe WXPN

October 15, 2014 – Started by members of The Decemberists as a side project, the band finds a new direction on Fortune. WXPN


Ex Hex performs live at WAMU.

Watch Ex Hex, 'Everywhere' (Live) bandwidth

October 15, 2014 – Watch Mary Timony's ferocious new band let loose on "Everywhere" at WAMU's D.C. headquarters. bandwidth

Elisa Ambrogio's solo album, The Immoralist, comes out Oct. 21.

Watch First Watch: Elisa Ambrogio, 'Superstitious'

October 15, 2014 – The Magik Markers' lead singer gets strange in this video, directed by Naomi Yang of Galaxie 500.

Clockwise from upper left: Röyksopp, Hozier, Helado Negro, Deerhoof

Listen New Mix: Röyksopp, Hozier, Deerhoof, More

October 14, 2014 – On All Songs this week: buzzy Canadian rock, lush Latin pop, dreamy Norwegian dance music and more.



Listen Bono: 'Why Would Anyone Want A New U2 Album?' WXPN

October 14, 2014 – The U2 singer discusses the unconventional release of his band's new album, Songs Of Innocence. WXPN


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