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Luscious Jackson has reconvened after more than a decade for its new album, Magic Hour, which comes out Nov. 5.

Read Luscious Jackson Is Ready For Its 'Magic Hour'

October 31, 2013 – The musicians discuss how everyday life inspired the band's first new record in 14 years.

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"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says.

Watch Never Back Down: Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

October 29, 2013 – "In Lou Reed's world, when you were Lou's friend you knew it," his longtime publicist says.

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Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, comes out Tuesday.

Watch Arcade Fire On Its Brand-New Beat

October 28, 2013 – Regine Chassagne and Win Butler explain the cross-cultural themes behind the new album Reflektor.

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The new Los Campesinos! album, No Blues, comes out Oct. 29.

Read Los Campesinos! Lighten Up With 'No Blues'

October 26, 2013 – Lead singer Gareth David talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his band's upcoming album.

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Doc Pomus, pictured here in the 1980s, was an obscure, yet prolific songwriter who died in 1991. A.K.A. Doc Pomus is a documentary about his life.

Read The Life Of Doc Pomus, Songwriter To The Stars

October 24, 2013 – Director Peter Miller discusses his recent documentary about a prolific, yet obscure songwriter.

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Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Read Lucy Wainwright Roche: In The Family Business

October 22, 2013 – But on her new album, Roche doesn't feature any of her famous family of musicians.

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The 1975's self-titled debut is out now.

Read The 1975, Influenced By The '80s

October 22, 2013 – Lead singer Matthew Healy describes how films from the 1980s inspired the British pop-rock band.

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Paul McCartney's latest album, New, is out now.

Watch What Makes Paul McCartney Nervous?

October 15, 2013 – The former Beatle tells NPR's Robert Siegel that a little insecurity can be an artist's best friend.

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The Dismemberment Plan's new album, Uncanney Valley, is out Oct. 15.

Watch The Dismemberment Plan Returns, To Its Own Surprise

October 14, 2013 – A decade after breaking up, the band has a new generation of fans — and a new album at the ready.

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Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D mug as 1960s hippies in a promo clip for Festival Supreme, a Los Angeles-based alternative comedy festival of their own creation.

Read A Comedy Woodstock, Courtesy Of Tenacious D

October 13, 2013 – Jack Black and Kyle Gass play live and discuss their upcoming alternative comedy festival in L.A.

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Members of Volcano Choir sat down with All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen after a recent show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Listen Volcano Choir Reveals Secret Behind Epic Live Show

October 9, 2013 – Justin Vernon and company talk about the high-tech maneuvering necessary to recreate songs on stage.

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Pearl Jam with writer and director Judd Apatow (third from right).

Watch Watch: Pearl Jam In Conversation With Judd Apatow

October 8, 2013 – One of the world's biggest rock bands sits down with one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.

Video for the Jackson Scott song "Sandy."

Watch Jackson Scott, 'Sandy'

October 3, 2013 – The relatively upbeat pop of Jackson Scott's "Sandy" belies its profoundly disturbing themes.

Jim Bianco wants to write a song about you. Yes, you.

Read You're Only 69 Questions Away From A New Song (About You)

October 2, 2013 – Every one of the 17 songs on Jim Bianco's new album Cookie Cutter is inspired by a fan.

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Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now.

Watch Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

September 30, 2013 – Lorde's hit "Royals" is just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from her pop peers.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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