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Science Fair includes science-loving songs from Laura Veirs, Mates of State, Elizabeth Mitchell and more.

Watch Fire Up Your Kid's Imagination At The 'Science Fair'

August 17, 2012 – Laura Veirs, Mates of State and more contribute to an album encouraging children to pursue science.


Producer Dan Auerbach achieves an ideal version of JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda on their respective new albums.

Read Dan Auerbach Likes It Fast, Simple And Loud

August 6, 2012 – Ken Tucker says the Black Keys member works wonders producing JEFF The Brotherhood and Hacienda.


Watch The xx Teases New Album 'Coexist' With The Simplest Of Love Songs

July 16, 2012 – From a new album, the spare ballad "Angels" feels a bit like the introduction to a more lavish song.

Read The dB's: Still Plaintive After All These Years

July 3, 2012 – Falling Off the Sky sweeps aside decades and nostalgia to achieve a vital sound for today.


Read Fiona Apple's 'Wheel' Of Extravagant Emotions

June 26, 2012 – Ken Tucker says Apple's stripped-down sound is a backdrop for her ideas about love's complications.


Read On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

June 14, 2012 – Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, and her first collection of original material since 2004.


Trailer Trash Tracys.

Listen Trailer Trash Tracys: A Shoegazer's Dream

June 14, 2012 – Cool but still beautiful, "Candy Girl" is touching, revealing and almost painfully intimate.


Singer, songwriter and swamp-pop pioneer Bobby Charles poses for a portrait in 1972.

Read The Untold Story Of Singer Bobby Charles

June 13, 2012 – Bobby Charles recorded a memorable body of work, despite living in isolation and not performing.


The dB's.

Listen The dB's: After A 25-Year Absence, A Vital Return

June 12, 2012 – In "That Time Is Gone," the dB's singer needlessly questions the wisdom of his own band's comeback.


Tim Fite (left).

Listen Tim Fite Finds The Essence Of Innocence In 'Teenagers'

June 7, 2012 – In "We Are All Teenagers," Fite nails the adolescent unease that lingers into adulthood.


Read Japandroids: One Part Classic Rock, One Part Punk

June 6, 2012 – The duo, which sounds like Tom Petty after some Red Bull-and-vodkas, hones the scream to an art.


The Honeydogs.

Listen The Honeydogs: A Retail Solution For Heartbreak

June 4, 2012 – The hook in "Broke It, Buy It" is insidiously catchy enough to ricochet through your head for days.



Listen K-Holes: A Grimy Smear Of Rock 'n' Roll

May 29, 2012 – In the frayed, exhausted "Child," K-Holes' members wield their own unique sort of holler.


James Burton: The Early Years

Read James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

May 25, 2012 – Rock historian Ed Ward shares the story of guitarist James Burton, who backed many famous artists.


Chuck Prophet.

Listen Chuck Prophet: Tawdry, Tattered Glory

May 25, 2012 – In "The Left Hand and the Right Hand," Prophet turns tales from the outer limits into a catchy song.


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