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"Rose Tattoo," by the Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, memorializes the grandfather of singer and bassist Ken Casey (left of center, at table).

Watch Dropkick Murphys: A 'Rose Tattoo' Tells A Life Story

January 1, 2013 – The new single from the Irish punk band serves as a memorial to singer Ken Casey's grandfather.

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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.

Read Beck Explains 'Song Reader,' An Album Fans Perform Themselves

December 29, 2012 – The shape-shifting musician's latest release is less an album than a blueprint.

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The Cash family house today.

Read Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

December 29, 2012 – With guidance from Cash's siblings, the tiny, dilapidated house is being painstakingly restored.

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Perfume Genius.

Watch Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'

December 26, 2012 – The songwriter covers unsettling topics, like suicide and his mother's experience with sexual abuse.

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Rod Stewart is a Grammy-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He has two new releases this fall: the memoir Rod and the holiday album Merry Christmas, Baby.

Watch Rod Stewart: Big Dreams, Bigger Hair

December 16, 2012 – At 67, Stewart is finally tackling two rock-star milestones: a memoir and a Christmas album.

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The dreamy cover image of The Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the work of illustrator John Craig.

Read 'Mellon Collie' Mystery Girl

December 7, 2012 – The visual icon of the Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album is a woman of multiple personalities.

Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A.

Read For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets

December 5, 2012 – The surf-rock band spends a day hanging out at NPR and providing All Things Considered's soundtrack.

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The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it.

Watch A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey

December 4, 2012 – Nels Cline, Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp are among the 65 guitarists who recorded for the project.

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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.

Read The Evens: The Power Of Turning Down The Volume

December 2, 2012 – Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina, punk veterans and a married couple, discuss their new album, The Odds.

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In 1994, a cover by the late Jeff Buckley helped save "Hallelujah" from musical obscurity.

Watch Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures

December 2, 2012 – Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is a popular power anthem now, but almost never saw light of day.

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Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s.

Read A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online

December 1, 2012 – As a record executive in the 1980s, Joe Smith recorded dozens of informal interviews with musicians.

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King Animal is Soundgarden's first studio album in 15 years.

Watch Armed With Age And Experience, Soundgarden Returns

November 18, 2012 – Singer Chris Cornell discusses the band's breakup, reunion and the new album, King Animal.

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Vintage Trouble recently reissued its 2010 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions.

Read Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

November 17, 2012 – On tour with The Who, the retro R&B outfit has risen swiftly since forming just two years ago.

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Mick Jagger says "Gimme Shelter" is about a "world closing in on you."

Watch Mick Jagger On The Apocalyptic 'Gimme Shelter'

November 16, 2012 – The 1969 song is about a "world closing in on you" — and it still speaks to us today.

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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.

Watch Ron Wood's Funky Contribution To The Stones Canon

November 15, 2012 – Wood says the disco-inflected "Dance (Pt. 1)," which he helped write, always gets people moving.

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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.

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.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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