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Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."

Watch Elton John: The Fresh Air Interview

September 23, 2013 – The pop star tells Terry Gross about how Liberace inspired him to make the piano a star instrument.

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Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore gazes over the rail on the Station to Station train as it speeds across the country.

Watch Thurston Moore And Doug Aitken Talk Art, Music And 'Station To Station'

September 18, 2013 – "Station To Station" melds live music with stunning visuals, performance art, and a speeding train.

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Linda Ronstadt performs in 1970.

Listen Linda Ronstadt: The Fresh Air Interview

September 17, 2013 – Ronstadt offers her frank insights on sex, drugs, and why "competition was for horse races."

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Mike Doughty's latest album, Circles Super Bon Bon, revisits songs from his years fronting the band Soul Coughing.

Read Mike Doughty Annuls The 'Dark Marriage' Of His Former Band

September 15, 2013 – The former Soul Coughing frontman is calling a mulligan and revisiting his old band's catalog.

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Trent Reznor.

Watch Trent Reznor: 'I'm Not The Same Person I Was 20 Years Ago'

September 4, 2013 – The day after releasing a new album, Nine Inch Nails' frontman goes long with NPR's Melissa Block.

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Kathleen Hanna (center) is the frontwoman of The Julie Ruin. The band's debut album is titled Run Fast.

Watch Kathleen Hanna On Working Through Illness And Focusing Anger

September 1, 2013 – The icon behind two pioneering bands, Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, has a new project: The Julie Ruin.

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Franz Ferdinand's latest album is titled Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

Watch Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos On The Importance Of Structure

August 24, 2013 – "Too much jamming kills the band," the leader of the Glasgow quartet says of his new album.

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The insanely prolific, mega-awesome rock guitarist and singer Ty Segall.

Listen For Rocker Ty Segall, Hard Times Lead To A Softer Sound

August 17, 2013 – Ty Segall speaks candidly about the family tragedy and strife that led to his new album, Sleeper.

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More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

Read 'Something Being Born': On Making A Classic Album With A Boombox

August 10, 2013 – A decade ago, The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

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Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü.

Read Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

July 21, 2013 – Grant Hart's latest project in an enigmatic solo career is an ambitious album with a biblical hook.

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band's new album, Lickety Split, is out Tuesday.

Read Robert Randolph Ushers In Steel-Guitar Soul With 'Lickety Split'

July 16, 2013 – On his first album in three years, the frontman offers his own soulful twist on gospel music.

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Daughn Gibson's latest album is called Me Moan.

Read Daughn Gibson: Story Songs Born Of An Odd-Job Life

July 14, 2013 – The deep-voiced country singer discusses his new album, Me Moan.

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Swedish musician Anna von Hausswolff says she was drawn to the church organ by its physicality: "When you play it, you can really feel it because you're sitting close to the pipes. It's almost as if you're becoming a part of the instrument."

Read Anna Von Hausswolff: An Artist In Thrall To A Mega-Instrument

July 13, 2013 – The Swedish musician is one of the few in the world who plays the pipe organ in popular music.

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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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