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

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Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'

The Seattle songwriter covers unsettling topics, including teen suicide and his own mother's experience with sexual abuse.

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Rod Stewart: Big Dreams, Bigger Hair

At 67, the Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is finally tackling two rock-star milestones: a memoir and a Christmas album.

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Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records and the bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, and Amy Farina, formerly of The Warmers, form The Evens. Their third album together is called The Odds. Charles Previtire/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

Currently on tour as the opening act for The Who, the retro R&B outfit has experienced a remarkably swift rise since forming just two years ago.

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Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood says 1980's "Dance (Pt. 1)," which he helped write, was designed to get people moving. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Ron Wood's Funky Contribution To The Stones Canon

Assigned the task of picking a standout song from The Rolling Stones' catalog, the guitarist settled on one he helped compose: the disco-inflected "Dance (Pt. 1)."

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Charlie Watts On What Makes 'Satisfaction' So Satisfying

The Rolling Stones' drummer, now 71, says the 1965 hit "sums up the whole period" in the band's development.

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Legendary guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend composed rock operas like Tommy and Quadrophenia, and helped define rock music for generations. Ross Halfin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music From Another Dimension!, Aerosmith's first studio album in over a decade, is out Nov. 6. Left to right: Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Beth Orton's latest album is called Sugaring Season. Jo Metson Scott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stephen Colbert On Music: The Fresh Air Interview

Colbert loves music and loves to sing, so Fresh Air's Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why.

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