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Broken Bells: Life 'After The Disco'

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Against Me!'s latest album is Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Left to right: Inge Johansson, James Bowman, Laura Jane Grace, Atom Willard. Ryan Russell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Laura Jane Grace, Transgender Punk, On Life In Transition

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David Dondero performs at D.G.'s Tap House in Ames, Iowa. John Pemble hide caption

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'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician

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Bruce Springsteen performing in November at Madison Square Garden. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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Listen To Ann Powers Interview Bruce Springsteen

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In his music, Josh Garrels says, he tries to "peel back layers" of what it means to be a Christian. Sasha Arutyunova/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Christian Musician With More Questions Than Answers

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Nick Lowe's Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family is an album of original holiday songs and some reworked classics. Zoran Orlic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Why Would Nick Lowe Make A Christmas Album? Ask Nick Lowe

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Mark Mulcahy, the songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy," returns after eight years and a tragic loss. R. Murray/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mark Mulcahy Is The 'Moving Forward Type'

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Donald Fagen's new memoir is titled Eminent Hipster. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Donald Fagen On World Cafe

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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

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Some Things Never Stay The Same is the new album from Davin Wood (left) and Tim Heidecker, better known as Heidecker & Wood. Nick Weidner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Heidecker And Wood, Inspired By The '80s

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Broken Bells — James Mercer (left) and Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) — are back with a new album. After The Disco is due out in January. James Minchin hide caption

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Broken Bells Shares New Song, Accidentally Channels Bee Gees

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Midlake's new album, Antiphon, is out Nov. 5. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Midlake Makes The Most Of Its Leader's Departure

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Luscious Jackson has reconvened after more than a decade for its new album, Magic Hour, which comes out Nov. 5. Doug Seymour/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Luscious Jackson Is Ready For Its 'Magic Hour'

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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. Karl Walter/Getty Images hide caption

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Never Back Down: Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

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Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, comes out Tuesday. JF Lalonde/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Arcade Fire On Its Brand-New Beat

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The new Los Campesinos! album, No Blues, comes out Oct. 29. Kirsten McTernan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Los Campesinos! Lighten Up With 'No Blues'

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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. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Life Of Doc Pomus, Songwriter To The Stars

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Lucy Wainwright Roche: In The Family Business

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The 1975's self-titled debut is out now. Dave Ma/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The 1975, Influenced By The '80s

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Paul McCartney's latest album, New, is out now. Mary McCartney/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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What Makes Paul McCartney Nervous?

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The Dismemberment Plan's new album, Uncanney Valley, is out Oct. 15. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Dismemberment Plan Returns, To Its Own Surprise

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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. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Comedy Woodstock, Courtesy Of Tenacious D

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