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Ray Manzarek (far right) stands with fellow members of The Doors Jim Morrison (from right), Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1968. Manzarek died Monday in Germany. He was 74.

Watch The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent

May 21, 2013 – Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at 74.

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Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March.

Watch Big Songs, Big Hype (Oh Yeah, They're Women)

May 4, 2013 – Three hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?

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Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in 2011.

Watch 'A Truth Never Told': Remembering Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

May 3, 2013 – The guitarist channeled darkness into the sound of a band that exemplifies pain.

Brian Johnson (L) and Angus Young of AC/DC in 2000. Johnson's first album with the group, 1980's Back In Black, is one of the best-selling albums of all time, despite never reaching No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

Watch Justin Timberlake And The AC/DC Rule

April 5, 2013 – What the career of the Australian classic rockers teaches us about the latest blockbuster album.

Standing before a crowd 250,000 strong, Mick Jagger opened The Rolling Stones' 1969 concert at London's Hyde Park by reading a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem in tribute to late guitarist Brian Jones.

Read The Rolling Stones And Hyde Park In 1969

April 4, 2013 – The Stones last played the park in 1969, just two days after the death of the band's guitarist.

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Metz at SXSW 2013.

Watch Metz: NPR Front Row

April 3, 2013 – Watch the noise-rock trio tear it up at the 2013 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

In 2012, Mark Lanegan released the album Blues Funeral. Black Pudding, an album-length collaboration with guitarist and singer Duke Garwood, will come out in May.

Read Mark Lanegan: A Secret Rock Star Still Shines Darkly

April 2, 2013 – Still best known as the singer for grunge-era group Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan has stayed busy.

Issue 16 of the original run of Crawdaddy!, from June 1968.

Watch Remembering Paul Williams, Founder Of Rock Magazine 'Crawdaddy!'

March 30, 2013 – Paul Williams started the first American rock magazine as a college student in 1966.

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Watch Depeche Mode: A Dark And Steady 'Machine' KCRW

March 25, 2013 – After 30 years together, Depeche Mode will release its 13th album, the seductive Delta Machine. KCRW

Natalie Maines (center) at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival. Maines's band included her father, Lloyd Maines (seated left) and Ben Harper (seated right).

Read Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

March 19, 2013 – Big names and Next Big Things dominate SXSW, but acts between those poles interest Ann Powers more.

Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Watch Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room, We Have To Float In Like Goddesses'

March 17, 2013 – The Fleetwood Mac singer tells Ann Powers her lessons from a life at the peak of the music industry.

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson samples his band's latest offering, Trooper ale, made with what he calls "our special secret-squirrel recipe."

Read The Ale That Men Brew: Iron Maiden Serves Up A Beer

March 13, 2013 – Three decades after giving the world The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden is set to release a beer.

SXSW festival-goers line up at The Parish on Sixth Street in Austin for NPR Music's day party March 15, 2012.

Read Why I'm Not Going To SXSW This Year

March 5, 2013 – In the showdown between fledgling bands and industry excess, one SXSW fan reaches a breaking point.

The members of Efterklang in Piramida: Mads Brauer (left), Rasmus Stolberg (center) and Casper Clausen.

Watch How One Band Turned A Ghost Town Into A Giant Recording Studio

March 4, 2013 – The Danish band Efterklang literally went to the ends of the earth to make its album Piramida.

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David Bowie's album, The Next Day, will come out on March 12.

Watch David Bowie, Rock's Shape Shifter, Returns

March 1, 2013 – After 10 years away, Bowie's new album, The Next Day, proves he's a perfect pop star for any era.

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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.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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