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The Dismemberment Plan Returns, To Its Own Surprise

A decade after breaking up, the renowned Washington, D.C. indie rockers have a new generation of fans — and a new album at the ready.

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Jim Bianco wants to write a song about you. Yes, you. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now. Charles Howells/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kings of Leon, left to right: Jared, Caleb, Matthew and Nathan Followill. Dan Winters/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album." Joseph Guay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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. Mara McKevitt hide caption

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

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Neko Case's new album is called The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Emily Shur/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

Prolific garage rocker Ty Segall speaks candidly about the family tragedy — and anger — that led to his new, nearly all acoustic record, 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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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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Robert Randolph & The Family Band's new album, Lickety Split, is out Tuesday. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

Gibson is a spiritual heir of Johnny Cash: a deep-voiced country singer whose songs are filled with characters of questionable morality — or just pure evil.

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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

"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."

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