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Izzy Stradlin, Axl Rose, Slash and Steven Adler of Guns N' Roses, performing in California in 1986.

Read Rock Hall Inductees Battled For The Future Of L.A. Rock

April 13, 2012 – Guns N' Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers each grew out of the 1980s clash of punk and hair metal.

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Freddie King performs in 1973.

Watch Freddie King: Patriarch Of Blues Rock

April 12, 2012 – The Texas guitar pioneer will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this Saturday.

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Photographer Mick Rock in New York City, 2011

Read Sex, Drugs And Rock Photography

April 7, 2012 – Ever wonder who took that album cover of Queen II? His name is Mick Rock. Really.

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The Beastie Boys circa 1987.

Read Rock Hall Inductees Offer Two Takes On New York Attitude

April 6, 2012 – Laura Nyro and The Beastie Boys were inspired by the city in different ways, with lasting results.

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Lemmy Kilmister immortalized the Marshall amp in the Motorhead song, "Dr. Rock": "Chin up, shoulders back / You've got a body like a Marshall stack."

Watch 'Something Bigger And Louder': The Marshall Amp

April 5, 2012 – The Father of Loud, Marshall helped a generation redefine popular music by turning up the volume.

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Donovan performs on Ready Steady Go! in 1965.

Read From London, Rock Hall Inductees 'Looked To America'

March 29, 2012 – The Small Faces and Donovan were among the 1960s British rockers inspired by country and soul.

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Music For 'Disenfranchised Working-Class Youth': The British reggae band Steel Pulse formed in Birmingham in 1975. Mykaell Riley is third from the left.

Watch Reggae In The U.K.: A Steady Force

March 21, 2012 – For more than half a century, the Jamaican sound has filtered into the British pop mainstream.

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THEESatisfaction, the female rap duo from Seattle, gives a sneak peek of its Sub Pop debut at Red 7 on Friday night.

Read Women Rock SXSW

March 19, 2012 – Over the course of five days in Austin, a handful of promising acts peeked through the noisy chaos.

The Five Keys.

Read Doo-Wop Dies Another Little Death As Store Closes

March 18, 2012 – Ronnie I's, champion of those vocal harmonies from the '50s and '60s, is closing its doors.

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Cotton Mather (from left): Dana Myzer, Josh Gravelin, Whit Williams and Robert Harrison.

Read Cotton Mather's 'Kontiki,' The Album That Won't Go Gently

March 13, 2012 – The 15-year-old album went out of print, but big-name fans pushed for a reissue and a reunion gig.

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Every Flat Surface: Jay Cobb Anderson (left) and Tyler Thompson on the street at SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas.

Read Why I'm Going To SXSW

March 13, 2012 – Locating the strange appeal of a week elbowing to see hot bands at Austin's annual music festival.

A song that was mastered for a digital file could make library listening sound better.

Read What 'Mastered For iTunes' Really Means

March 5, 2012 – Is Apple's decision to sell higher-quality recordings a compromise, or part of a larger plan?

Billy Strange poses for a portrait with a Fender sometime in the 1960s.

Watch Remembering Billy Strange, Ace Session Guitarist

March 1, 2012 – He played with Elvis, Nancy Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Glen Campbell and The Beach Boys.

Bruce Springsteen, Fiona Apple and The Magnetic Fields will all be part of NPR Music's 2012 SXSW coverage.

Read NPR Music Announces SXSW 2012 Lineup

March 1, 2012 – Featuring the return of Fiona Apple, Bruce Springsteen's keynote and Magnetic Fields' SXSW debut.

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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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