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Peter Hughes (left) and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

Read Inside Listening: The Mountain Goats' Bassist On His Own Band's Albums

August 9, 2013 – Do musicians listen to their own music differently? Peter Hughes of The Mountain Goats finds out.

Maxwell's, in Hoboken, N.J., hosted Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana and the Replacements, to name a few.

Read Maxwell's, The Beloved New Jersey Venue, Closes

July 30, 2013 – The club booked bands like R.E.M. and Yo La Tengo before and after they hit the big time.

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J.J. Cale wrote hits including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" for Eric Clapton.

Read Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dead From Heart Attack At 74

July 27, 2013 – The musician wrote such hits as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" for Eric Clapton.

Touch Me I'm A Local Institution: Mudhoney plays from more than 500 feet above Seattle, on the roof of the Space Needle, as part of a set celebrating Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee broadcast by KEXP

Read Sub Pop Celebrates 25 Years Of Artisanal Music

July 15, 2013 – Sub Pop has managed to walk a fine line between corporate and grass roots, monolithic and local.

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded.

Watch Waxahatchee: A Lonesome Voice, Raised In Basements

June 23, 2013 – A gigging musician since age 14, Katie Crutchfield has found success in writing from experience.

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The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work.

Watch The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

June 16, 2013 – Author Colin Fleming says early BBC sessions provide a blueprint for who the band would become.

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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

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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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