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Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos On The Importance Of Structure

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The insanely prolific, mega-awesome rock guitarist and singer Ty Segall. Denee Petracek hide caption

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Hear Ty Segall Talk About '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. D.L. Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band's new album, Lickety Split, is out Tuesday. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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Daughn Gibson's latest album is called Me Moan. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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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." Anders Nydam/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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La Vida Bohème's second album, Sera, draws upon a handful of musical influences, from disco to reggae. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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La Vida Bohème: Dance Rockers Harness Chaos And Conflict

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Chuck Leavell: The 'Fifth' Stone Speaks

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Jimmy Eat World's new album, Damage, is its eighth in 20 years together. Left to right: Rick Burch, Zach Lind, Jim Adkins and Tom Linton. Michael Elins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jimmy Eat World Finds The Fuel To Keep Going

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The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me. Deirdre O'Callaghan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'

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Eleanor Friedberger's new solo album is Personal Record. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eleanor Friedberger Unashamed Of Her Favorite Sounds

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Dirty Beaches is the performing title of the Taiwanese-Canadian musician Alex Zhang Hungtai. His new double album is called Drifters / Love Is the Devil Daniel Boud/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dirty Beaches: A Nomad Musician Starts Over (And Over, And Over)

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Swedish-born guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has released more than two dozen albums. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Yngwie Malmsteen: 'I've Always Been A Little Bit Of An Extremist'

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Mother is the solo debut of Natalie Maines, former Dixie Chicks frontwoman. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Natalie Maines On Motherhood, Eddie Vedder And Leaving Country Music

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Iggy & The Stooges just released a new album, Ready to Die. David Raccuglia/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Iggy Pop: 'What Happens When People Disappear'

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Vampire Weekend in New York City: (from left) Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig. Alex John Beck/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Listen: Bob Boilen Interviews Vampire Weekend

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John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks have returned with their first new music as Fleetwood Mac in a decade. Neal Preston/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mick Fleetwood On Fleetwood Mac: 'It Would Make A Great Play'

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Phoenix's latest album is called Bankrupt! Left to right: Thomas Mars, Laurent Brancowitz, Christian Mazzalai, Deck d'Arcy. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Phoenix On Sounding Like Robots And Staying Restless

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Bob Boilen, host of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, interviews Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies at SXSW. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new album is titled Mosquito. Dan Martensen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs On Love Songs, New York And Transforming On Stage

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album is titled We The Common. Nick Walker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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Guitar God Richard Thompson Plays 'Electric,' Acoustic

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