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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album is titled We The Common.

Read Thao Nguyen's Musical Life Is Far From 'Common'

April 13, 2013 – A trip to a California women's prison inspired much of the folk-rocker's latest LP, We the Common.

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Kurt Vile.

Read Talking 21st Century Songwriting With Kurt Vile

April 10, 2013 – While his star rose, the songwriter made a languid, epic riposte to analysis and expectation.

Richard Thompson.

Read Guitar God Richard Thompson Plays 'Electric,' Acoustic WXPN

April 1, 2013 – The folk-rock legend, now 45 years into his career, plays songs from his new album, Electric. WXPN

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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Watch Depeche Mode: A Dark And Steady 'Machine' KCRW

March 25, 2013 – After 30 years together, Depeche Mode will release its 13th album, the seductive Delta Machine. KCRW

Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Watch Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room, We Have To Float In Like Goddesses'

March 17, 2013 – The Fleetwood Mac singer tells Ann Powers her lessons from a life at the peak of the music industry.

Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band lived to play music. A new box set, Skydog, collects the legendary body of work he produced before his death in 1971.

Read Duane Allman: Guitar Playing That 'Gets Inside Of You'

March 16, 2013 – A new box set, compiled by Allman's daughter, chronicles the late axe-man's legendary body of work.

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Dave Grohl reunited with his old friend Butch Vig (at console), the producer of Nirvana's Nevermind, for the making of Sound City: Real to Reel.

Watch Dave Grohl Finds Music's Human Element — In A Machine

March 8, 2013 – Grohl's new documentary explores how a piece of equipment in one L.A. studio changed music history.

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Cloud Cult's new album is titled Love.

Read Cloud Cult's 'Love' Channels A Life Tested By Loss

March 6, 2013 – Frontman Craig Minowa talks about processing personal tragedy on the band's new album.

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Robyn Hitchcock's latest album is called Love from London.

Read Robyn Hitchcock: 'Rock 'N' Roll Is An Old Man's Game Now'

March 3, 2013 – At 60, the British singer and guitarist says quiet reflection is the last thing on his mind.

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Richard Thompson performs live at the All Things Considered studio.

Read Richard Thompson: The Acoustics Behind 'Electric'

February 27, 2013 – The songwriter talks about the importance of staying curious, and performs live in the studio.

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Johnny Marr's new solo album is called The Messenger.

Watch Johnny Marr On Quitting School, Moving To Portland And Wearing Capes

February 23, 2013 – The new solo album by the Smiths guitarist and consummate sideman is called The Messenger.

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John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.

Read Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

February 17, 2013 – Jonathan Cott was the last journalist to interview John Lennon before the singer's death.

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Trey Anastasio

Read Trey Anastasio: The Truth About 'Valentine' WXPN

February 4, 2013 – Listen to an in-depth interview with the lead singer of the beloved jam-rock band Phish. WXPN

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At age 76, musician Kris Kristofferson is still writing songs. His new album is called Feeling Mortal.

Read Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

February 3, 2013 – The legendary songwriter is still performing at 76. His latest album is called Feeling Mortal.

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Ron Sexsmith's new album, Forever Endeavour, comes out Feb. 5.

Read Ron Sexsmith: At Midlife, A Songwriter Ponders Mortality

January 31, 2013 – The Canadian musician reflects on personal setbacks and the strange comfort of sad songs.

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First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

The songs here form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

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The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.

Nas: 'I'm Still Charged' 20 Years After 'Illmatic'

The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.

After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue <em>Purple Rain</em> for its 30th anniversary.

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue Purple Rain for its 30th anniversary.

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.

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