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Detail of the cover art from Ultraísta, the debut album from Nigel Godrich's new trio.

Read Ultraísta: Radiohead's Knob-Twister Takes Off

October 6, 2012 – The super-producer behind Radiohead's albums has a new band to show off: his own.

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Neil Young.

Listen In Memoir, Neil Young Wages 'Heavy Peace'

October 1, 2012 – Waging Heavy Peace sheds new light on the musician's career, family and medical battles.

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A publicity photo of Janis Martin in the late 1950s or early '60s.

Read Janis Martin, 'The Female Elvis,' Returns

September 30, 2012 – The co-producer of the singer's posthumous album talks about getting her idol back in the studio.

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Ben Folds Five (from left): Robert Sledge, Darren Jessee and Ben Folds.

Read Ben Folds Five Is Back

September 29, 2012 – After fame, disillusionment and a nearly decade-long hiatus, the trio has made a new album.

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Grizzly Bear

Read Grizzly Bear On Candor, Democracy And Too Much Music

September 24, 2012 – The Brooklyn band talks about its division of labor and how to break through the indie ceiling.

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Rickie Lee Jones' new album, The Devil You Know, is a collection of covers. "I think [I recorded the album] partially to remind people that a singer is the one who interprets the song," she says. "And once you do that, it's yours."

Read Rickie Lee Jones: 'One Devil With One Guitar'

September 22, 2012 – On her newest project, The Devil You Know, the singer-songwriter covers a set of cult classics.

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Bonnie Raitt accepts her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americana Music Awards in Nashville on Sept. 12, 2012.

Listen A Long Conversation With Bonnie Raitt FolkAlley

September 18, 2012 – The blues guitarist talks with Ann Powers about her influences at the Americana Music Conference. FolkAlley

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For Aimee Mann, the moment a song begins is often just before a performance.

Read Aimee Mann: 'Charmer Is Just Another Word For Narcissist'

September 17, 2012 – Mann's new album, Charmer, is a series of character sketches exploring loyalty and exploitation.

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Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood.

Read Radiohead's Guitarist Adapts To Life In Widescreen

September 15, 2012 – Jonny Greenwood scored the new film The Master, his second for director Paul Thomas Anderson.

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John Convertino and Joey Burns have been performing as Calexico since 1996. Their latest album is called Algiers.

Read Calexico: Road Songs For Wandering Souls

September 15, 2012 – The Tucson band's new album, Algiers, is named for the New Orleans neighborhood where it was made.

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The Raveonettes is the Danish-born duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo. The band's new album is titled Observator.

Read The Raveonettes: The Sound Of Surfing In The Rain

September 9, 2012 – The Danish rock duo lives in New York and L.A., but still views America through the eyes of voyeurs.

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"I can remember saying 'I can't imagine that I'm going to be doing this when I'm 45' — and I'm 45," Dave Matthews says.

Read Dave Matthews On His Band's 'Unique Sort Of Love Affair'

September 8, 2012 – The singer-guitarist discusses the new Dave Matthews Band album and performs two of its songs live.

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Paul Simon with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1987.

Listen Paul Simon On Making 'Graceland' WXPN

September 3, 2012 – Hear Simon tell stories about creating his classic 1986 album in Apartheid-era South Africa. WXPN

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All Good fun.: Band members (from left) Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess (before he quit smoking) in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Read Summer's Over, But fun.'s Just Getting Started

September 1, 2012 – We've been following the band on a growth spurt as it crosses the country, and a couple of oceans.

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Chan Marshall's new album as Cat Power, her first set of new songs in more than six years, is called Sun.

Read Cat Power: 'I'm Not Ashamed To Hear My Voice'

September 2, 2012 – Chan Marshall discusses Sun, her first album of original work in six years.

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First Listen

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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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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.

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.

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