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The Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Omnibus includes 45 seven-inch singles highlighting local soul scenes from around the country.

Watch Saviors Of Local Soul: The Archival Science Of The Numero Group

December 4, 2012 – Reissue labels generally fly below the radar, but the Numero Group has made a name for itself.

Photographer Ken Regan with the Rolling Stones, 1977

Read Remembering A Rock Star: Photographer Ken Regan

December 2, 2012 – Regan was a big deal: How often does Mick Jagger write book introductions for photographers?

Herb Alpert (left) and Jerry Moss, who founded A&M Records in Alpert's garage in 1962.

Watch A&M Records: Independent, With Major Appeal

November 14, 2012 – The eclectic label, which stayed independent for nearly 30 years, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

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Nickelback's Chad Kroeger performs during halftime of a Canadian football game in Vancouver. On the band's own tours, expensive pyrotechnics are more rare.

Read Love To Hate Nickelback? Joke's On You

November 10, 2012 – The divisive band is laughing all the way to the bank.

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Neil Young, who turns 67 years old this month, performs with Crazy Horse on Oct. 26 in New Orleans. In recent concerts the group has focused mostly on material from its new album, Psychedelic Pill.

Read Go See The Old Guys

November 1, 2012 – Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters are still killing it live.

Meshell Ndegeocello's tenth album is Pour Une Ame Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone.

Read Two Women: Meshell Ndegeocello's Praise Song To Nina Simone

October 24, 2012 – Ndegeocello says that Simone, whose songs she covers on a new album, is "our people's Bach."

Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle just released a new album, Dept. of Disappearance.

Read Jason Lytle Balances The Studio And A Life Outdoors

October 16, 2012 – The singer talks about leaving the studio for the mountains to rediscover his passion for music.

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Donna Summer performs in October 2011. Summer, who died in May, is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year for the fifth time.

Watch Explaining The Rock Hall Of Fame Nominees

October 7, 2012 – Many of the 15 acts in this year's class of nominees fall into easy-to-define categories.

Mumford & Sons is led by singer Marcus Mumford (second from left). The band's second album, Babel, was released on Sept. 25 and is on pace to be the highest-selling debut of 2012.

Read Mumford & Sons Preaches To Masses

September 27, 2012 – The British band, which draws from American folk and Christianity, has earned a huge following.

The Black Lips, not in Cairo.

Read A Punk-Rock Band On Tour In The Land Of The Arab Spring

September 24, 2012 – The Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips is playing shows in cities across the Middle East.

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Bob Dylan performs on stage during the 21st edition of the Vieilles Charrues music festival on July 22, in Carhaix-Plouguer, western France.

Read Why Some Musicians Last

September 20, 2012 – It's hard to know now what the future will sound like, but small things often make a big difference.

Gotye and Kimbra in the video for "Somebody That I Used To Know".

Watch Requiem For A Monster Hit

September 4, 2012 – As summer fades, we bid farewell to the year's biggest hit, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know."

Lighting director Jackie Finney runs the light show during concerts for the band fun.

Watch It's Her Spotlight, The Band Just Lives In It

August 18, 2012 – We're following the band fun. and its crew (including lighting director Jackie Finney) on tour.

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A supporter of feminist punk band Pussy Riot wearing the group's trademark colored balaclava waves a flag on a balcony in Moscow on Friday.

Watch 'We Are Not Guilty; The Whole World Says So'

August 17, 2012 – The trial of three women in the Russian punk group Pussy Riot set off a global wave of support.

Muse: (from left) Chris Wolstenholme, Matt Bellamy and Dominic Howard.

Watch Muse's Ridiculous(ly Awesome) Olympic Anthem

August 10, 2012 – "Survival" is the band's tribute to Olympic athletes and the first taste of its album The 2nd Law.

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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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