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

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

The two musicians discuss making their new album with The New Pornographers, Brill Bruisers.

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Electric Wizard's new album, Time To Die, comes out Sept. 30.

Listen First Listen: Electric Wizard, 'Time To Die'

September 21, 2014 – The ridiculously heavy, misanthropic doom-metal band has more room to explore than ever.

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Kat Edmonson's new album, The Big Picture, comes out Sept. 30.

Listen First Listen: Kat Edmonson, 'The Big Picture'

September 21, 2014 – The singer precisely and articulately captures the nuances of human coupling and decoupling.

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Sarah McLachlan gets called a "songstress" a lot. Translation: "Look everyone, a lady is singing a song!"

Read Saying No To 'Songstress' And Other Forbidden Words

September 20, 2014 – A certain someone hates the word "songstress." What else should be abolished from music writing?

Paolo Nutini's new album is called Caustic Love.

Watch Paolo Nutini: A Vulnerable Voice, Singing From Another Era

September 20, 2014 – Soul singer Paolo Nutini speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about finding strength in fragility.

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The Hold Steady.

Watch The Hold Steady On World Cafe WXPN

September 19, 2014 – Hear the band survey its decade-long history — including the song singer Craig Finn calls his best. WXPN

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Drummer Simon Kirke is so going to let those cymbals have it in this 2009 performance with Bad Company.

Read Puzzler: Name That Drum Fill

September 19, 2014 – Hear a series of classic rock and iconic pop drum fills and match them to the song.

A young Phil Elverum, circa late '90s.

Read Breaking A Song Apart, Note By Note

September 18, 2014 – Phil Elverum says The Microphones' "I Want Wind To Blow" is about breaking up and changing weather.

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A scene from Yawn's video for the song "Flytrap."

Watch YAWN, 'Flytrap'

September 17, 2014 – Nothing seems to go right in YAWN's off-kilter new video for the song "Flytrap."

Beach Slang.

Read Viking's Choice: Beach Slang, 'Dirty Cigarettes'

September 17, 2014 – Sure, Beach Slang's got a Goo Goo Dolls thing going on. But this song still feels rubbed raw.

Clockwise from upper left: Daniel Lanois, Cold Specks, Phillip Selway, Niagara, Mr. Gnome

Listen New Mix: Radiohead's Philip Selway, Daniel Lanois, Bedhead, More

September 16, 2014 – This week's All Songs features brand new Daniel Lanois, solo Philip Selway and unreleased Bedhead.

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Couples dance in Vera Cruz, Mexico with government buildings decorated for Independence Day celebrations.

Read Gotta Know Mexico: A Mexican Music Puzzler

September 16, 2014 – From Pre-Colombian sounds to hip-hop, Mexico's music is eclectic. Test your ears in this puzzler.

"I've had to change," Nick Cave says. "Change is important and change is the energy that runs through all of our records."

Read Nick Cave: 'The Creative Process Is An Altered State In Itself'

September 16, 2014 – 20,000 Days on Earth attempts to debunk the creative process for what it actually is: "hard labor."

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Motel Beds.

Listen World Cafe Next: Motel Beds WXPN

September 15, 2014 – Hear two songs from the Dayton band's new greatest-hits compilation, These Are The Days Gone By. WXPN

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Tiny Desk Concert with Luluc on August 7, 2014.

Watch Luluc: Tiny Desk Concert

September 15, 2014 – Graceful singing and storytelling meet guitars and textures that help create an unforgettable aura.

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The Autumn Defense.

Listen The Autumn Defense On Mountain Stage

September 15, 2014 – Much more than a mere Wilco side project, the group mines the rich history of '60s and '70s rock.

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Diarrhea Planet at KEXP on August 6, 2014.

Watch Diarrhea Planet, 'Lite Dream' (Live) KEXP

September 15, 2014 – Watch the guitar-loving Nashville garage-punk band tear up "Lite Dream," live from a Seattle studio. KEXP

Perfume Genius' new album, Too Bright, comes out Sept. 23.

Listen First Listen: Perfume Genius, 'Too Bright'

September 14, 2014 – Too Bright is muscular and controlled, the sound of songwriter Mike Hadreas reaching new heights.

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Tweedy's new album, Sukierae, comes out Sept. 23.

Listen First Listen: Tweedy, 'Sukierae'

September 14, 2014 – There's not much contrivance, not much high-concept, just a dad and his son bashing out tunes.

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King Tuff's new album, Black Moon Spell, comes out Sept. 23.

Listen First Listen: King Tuff, 'Black Moon Spell'

September 14, 2014 – On his third album, the D.I.Y. glam-rocker re-brands himself as some sort of demonic teenager.

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Sondre Lerche's new album, Please, comes out Sept. 23.

Listen First Listen: Sondre Lerche, 'Please'

September 14, 2014 – The ache and anger of divorce gets re-purposed into a loose, feisty, energetic record.

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GOAT's new album, Commune, comes out Sept. 23 on Sub Pop and Rocket Recordings.

Listen First Listen: GOAT, 'Commune'

September 14, 2014 – The Swedish collective makes irresistible trance/dance music that doubles as hypnotic hippie hoodoo.

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John Darnielle's new book is Wolf In White Van.

Read Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

September 14, 2014 – "It's sort of like comparing making a fire and building a house," says John Darnielle.

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Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Listen Toad The Wet Sprocket On Mountain Stage

September 13, 2014 – The band blew up in the early '90s thanks to pop hits like "All I Want" and "Walk On The Ocean."

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