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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

Currently on tour as the opening act for The Who, the retro R&B outfit has experienced a remarkably swift rise since forming just two years ago.

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Ron Wood's Funky Contribution To The Stones Canon

Assigned the task of picking a standout song from The Rolling Stones' catalog, the guitarist settled on one he helped compose: the disco-inflected "Dance (Pt. 1)."

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Charlie Watts On What Makes 'Satisfaction' So Satisfying

The Rolling Stones' drummer, now 71, says the 1965 hit "sums up the whole period" in the band's development.

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Legendary guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend composed rock operas like Tommy and Quadrophenia, and helped define rock music for generations. Ross Halfin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music From Another Dimension!, Aerosmith's first studio album in over a decade, is out Nov. 6. Left to right: Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Beth Orton's latest album is called Sugaring Season. Jo Metson Scott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stephen Colbert On Music: The Fresh Air Interview

Colbert loves music and loves to sing, so Fresh Air's Terry Gross asked him to bring a few songs that mean a lot to him and tell her why.

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Ben Gibbard's first album as a solo artist is called Former Lives. Ryan Russell /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Gibbard: Living With Ghosts

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman recently released his first solo album, which he says spans eight years, three relationships and two hometowns' worth of songwriting.

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Kaki King's latest album is called Glow. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Muse's Matthew Bellamy includes the heartbeat of his son in utero on the song, "Follow Me." AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Memoir, Neil Young Wages 'Heavy Peace'

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Waging Heavy Peace is about his music, raising two sons with special needs, and his own medical conditions, which have included polio, epilepsy and a brain aneurysm.

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Janis Martin, 'The Female Elvis,' Returns

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

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Grizzly Bear On Candor, Democracy And Too Much Music

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." Myriam Santos/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rickie Lee Jones: 'One Devil With One Guitar'

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

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For Aimee Mann, the moment a song begins is often just before a performance. Sheryl Nields hide caption

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Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood. S. Katan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Convertino and Joey Burns have been performing as Calexico since 1996. Their latest album is called Algiers. Jairo Zavala/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Calexico: Road Songs For Wandering Souls

The Tucson, Ariz., band's newest batch of story-songs about people in transition is titled Algiers, named for the New Orleans neighborhood where it was recorded.

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