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King Tuff's new song, "Eyes of the Muse," is a World Cafe favorite.

Read Download 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Download new music from King Tuff, Sarah Jaffe, The Gotobeds, Frazey Ford, Hollie Cook and more.

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Christopher Guest as Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist for the entirely fake band Spinal Tap, in the band's 1983 mockumentary.

Read Question Of The Week: What's Your Spinal Tap Moment?

September 29, 2014 – Tells us when you've seen a band reach its comical nadir, when everything seems to go wrong.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen's new album, Atomos, comes out Oct. 7.

Listen First Listen: A Winged Victory For The Sullen, 'Atomos'

September 28, 2014 – Measured, contemplative and slow, the band knows how to make listeners feel eerily, gloriously lost.

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Ex Hex's new album, Rips, comes out Oct. 7.

Listen First Listen: Ex Hex, 'Rips'

September 28, 2014 – There's enough energy on Rips to fuel a small country, all rooted in clean-burning enthusiasm.

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Godflesh's new album, A World Lit Only By Fire, comes out Oct. 7.

Listen First Listen: Godflesh, 'A World Lit Only By Fire'

September 28, 2014 – More than a decade after its last album, this is classic Godflesh, unadorned and flayed in its rage.

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Foxygen's new album, ...And Star Power, comes out Oct. 14.

Listen First Listen: Foxygen, '...And Star Power'

September 28, 2014 – There's a because-we-can quality here, as Foxygen delights in letting its loosest threads unravel.

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Steve Gunn's new album, Way Out Weather, comes out Oct. 7.

Listen First Listen: Steve Gunn, 'Way Out Weather'

September 28, 2014 – On Way Out Weather, Gunn trusts in his voice and arrangements as much as his spectacular fretwork.

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Moon Hooch's new album is called This Is Cave Music.

Read Unpacking 'Cave Music,' A Style As Funky As It Is Unlikely

September 27, 2014 – "It's like house music, but it's more jagged, wild, more free, more natural to live in."

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We like his early stuff better, before he sold out and joined The Stray Mob.

Read When Was Pop Music At Its Lowest Point?

September 27, 2014 – Inspired by Paula Abdul rapping with a cartoon cat, a reader asks about popular music's worst era.

A still from the record industry-skewering video for Tweedy's song "Low Key," directed by Nick Offerman.

Watch New Video: Tweedy, 'Low Key'

September 26, 2014 – Watch Tweedy's goofy new video "Low Key," directed by Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman.

Spoon.

Watch Spoon On World Cafe WXPN

September 26, 2014 – The Austin band performs songs from They Want My Soul, which finds Spoon revitalized after a hiatus. WXPN

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Wild Cub drummer Dabney Morris getting it done.

Read Puzzler: Name That Drum Fill

September 26, 2014 – Hear a series of fills picked by Wild Cub drummer Dabney Morris and match them to the song.

Robert Plant performs live at BAM during an NPR.org webcast.

Read Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Live In Concert

September 25, 2014 – The rock legend and his new band performed live at BAM in Brooklyn. Watch the entire show here.

Tweedy's new album is titled Sukierae.

Read Jeff And Spencer Tweedy On Making Songs Together

September 25, 2014 – The Wilco frontman and his drummer son discuss working as a team and finding the joy in hardship.

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Cover art for the Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Gone Girl soundtrack.

Read Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Share Four Songs From Their New 'Gone Girl' Score

September 23, 2014 – Much like the duo's previous film work, their new score for Gone Girl is extraordinarily creepy.

alt-J.

Listen alt-J On World Cafe WXPN

September 23, 2014 – Hear songs from the Mercury Prize-winning British band's new album, This Is All Yours. WXPN

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A still from "The White Balloon."

Watch First Watch: Mary Lattimore And Jeff Zeigler, 'The White Balloon'

September 23, 2014 – Director Naomi Yang (Galaxie 500) explores the "remnants of what has been lost and what remains."

Jack White, performing live at the Ford Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on Jun. 10, 2014.

Watch Front Row: Jack White

September 23, 2014 – See Jack White recorded live in concert from the historic Fonda Theater in Hollywood, Calif.

Tiny Desk Concert with Tweedy on September 8, 2014.

Watch Tweedy: Tiny Desk Concert

September 22, 2014 – With his drummer son Spencer, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy performs songs from their new album, Sukierae.

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Strand of Oaks performs "Shut In," live for KEXP.

Watch Strand Of Oaks, 'Shut In' (Live)

September 22, 2014 – Philly songwriter Tim Showalter performs a cathartic single, "Shut In," from his new album Heal.

Myrkur.

Watch Myrkur, 'Nattens Barn'

September 22, 2014 – In her atmospheric black metal, Amalie Bruun communes with the forest and summons the oceans.

Neko Case and Carl Newman of The New Pornographers say a great pop song opens your heart up and makes you want to hear it again and again.

Read Carl Newman And Neko Case On What Makes a Pop Song Work

September 22, 2014 – The two musicians discuss making their new album with The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers.

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