Metric's new album, its second on the band's own label, is titled Synthetica. Left to right: Joshua Winstead, Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joules Scott-Key. Brantley Gutierrez hide caption

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The Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 (from left): Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, Mike Byrne and Jeff Schroeder. Paul Elledge/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Summer With Fun.

For the summer season, we'll follow the rising band behind the hit "We Are Young" — and its backstage crew — as it hits the road.

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Clockwise from upper left: Neil Young with Patti Smith, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Maureen Gray. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Bonnie Raitt's latest album, Slipstream, is the first release on her own Redwing Records label. Marina Chavez hide caption

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Siblings Colin Meloy, frontman of The Decemberists, and Maile Meloy, novelist. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Known for brevity's sake as The Idler Wheel..., Fiona Apple's new album is her first in seven years. Dan Monick hide caption

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Pauline Black in 1980. Ebet Roberts/Redferns hide caption

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Kishi Bashi is the stage name of Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi. Jennifer Leigh hide caption

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Merrill Garbus is the singer and songwriter behind the band tUnE-yArDs. Chloe Aftel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'My Country': tUnE-yArDs Questions The American Dream

For singer Merrill Garbus, the idea that hard work leads to success in America is deeply suspect.

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The Beach Boys' new album — the first collaboration in decades between founding members Brian Wilson (third from left) and Mike Love (second from right) — is called That's Why God Made the Radio. Guy Webster/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Beach Boys: The Harmony Is Endless After All

Brian Wilson and Mike Love reminisce about the '60s, Paul McCartney and getting back in the studio.

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Kelly Hogan's new album is I Like to Keep Myself in Pain. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jack White's new album – his first solo outing after years of collaborations and group efforts – is called Blunderbuss. Jo McCaughey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"There is no character, you know?" Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alex Ebert says. "I'm trying to be the most open and powered-by-the-universe version of myself than I can summon." Julie Ling hide caption

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Neko Case in the studio in 2009. Jason Creps/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"I wanted to make loud, guitar-driven rock again," says Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson, on the band's reunion. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Garbage: After An Absence, Always The Oddball

"I wanted to make loud, guitar-driven rock again," lead singer Shirley Manson says of the band.

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Slash, the former lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, has a new album out. Travis Shinn hide caption

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John Mayer's new album, his first since a 2010 controversy that sent him retreating from the spotlight, is called Born and Raised. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"There is a certain heaviness that you can get from just the right groove," says JD McPherson. "Even if it's not a really fast groove." Jim Herrington hide caption

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JD McPherson: When A Punk Goes Vintage

A set of Buddy Holly recordings scratched an itch for McPherson, as a kid raised on a cattle ranch.

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Paul Thorn's new, all-covers album is called What the Hell Is Goin' On? Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Norah Jones' latest album is called Little Broken Hearts. Frank Ockenfels/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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