Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A. Christopher Parks/NPR hide caption

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For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets
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The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it. Courtesy of The $100 Guitar Project hide caption

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A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey
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Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records and the bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, and Amy Farina, formerly of The Warmers, form The Evens. Their third album together is called The Odds. Charles Previtire/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Evens: The Power Of Turning Down The Volume
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In 1994, a cover by the late Jeff Buckley helped save "Hallelujah" from musical obscurity. hide caption

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Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures
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Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s. Jeff Smith hide caption

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A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online
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King Animal is Soundgarden's first studio album in 15 years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Armed With Age And Experience, Soundgarden Returns
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Vintage Trouble recently reissued its 2010 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul
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Mick Jagger says "Gimme Shelter" is about a "world closing in on you." Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mick Jagger On The Apocalyptic 'Gimme Shelter'
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Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood says 1980's "Dance (Pt. 1)," which he helped write, was designed to get people moving. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Ron Wood's Funky Contribution To The Stones Canon
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Charlie Watts says "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones' 1965 hit, "sums up the whole period" in the band's development. Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Charlie Watts On What Makes 'Satisfaction' So Satisfying
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Guitarist and songwriter Keith Richards calls "Street Fighting Man" one of his favorite Rolling Stones songs. MJ Kim/Getty Images hide caption

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Keith Richards: 'These Riffs Were Built To Last A Lifetime'
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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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'Who I Am': The Public And Private Pete Townshend
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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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Aerosmith: A Tumbling Down, Then A 'Magic Moment'
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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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Beth Orton: 'These Songs Are My Little Bit Of Sugar'
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Stephen Colbert (right) performs with Ben Folds on the set of his TV show, The Colbert Report. Kris Long hide caption

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Stephen Colbert's Most Meaningful Musical Moments
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The iconic cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road. Album cover hide caption

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From Elgar To Beatles: Abbey Road Blazed A Trail
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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
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Kaki King's latest album is called Glow. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kaki King: A Guitar Wizard Conjures New Colors
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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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Muse: Arena-Sized Entropy On 'The 2nd Law'
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Detail of the cover art from Ultraísta, the debut album from Nigel Godrich's new trio. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ultraísta: Radiohead's Knob-Twister Takes Off
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In Memoir, Neil Young Wages 'Heavy Peace'
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A publicity photo of Janis Martin in the late 1950s or early '60s. GAB Archive/Redferns hide caption

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Janis Martin, 'The Female Elvis,' Returns
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Ben Folds Five (from left): Robert Sledge, Darren Jessee and Ben Folds. Autumn de Wilde/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After A Dozen-Year Disappearance, Ben Folds Five Is Back
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