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A fan holds up a giant mask of Este Haim from the rock band HAIM at Coachella.

Read Coachella 2014 In Photos

April 15, 2014 – 115 shots — from HAIM to Pharrell — of the festival that kicks off the summer concert season.

"We're fans, just like the people that come to see us," says Rich Kosak (far right), who plays the role of KISS vocalist Paul Stanley in the Ohio tribute band Mr. Speed.

Watch These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For

April 10, 2014 – Fans aside, the artists being inducted this year have also inspired scores of imitators.

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Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana in 1993.

Read We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

April 5, 2014 – Kurt Cobain's music, and tributes to it, has been a steady presence since his death 20 years ago.

A few of the D'Angelico guitars set to be auctioned, pictured here at the GTR showroom in New York City.

Watch On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars

April 1, 2014 – More than 260 guitars are set to be sold this week, and some of them come with a hefty price tag.

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Oderus Urungus and GWAR perform at the Download Festival in Castle Donington, England, in 2011.

Watch Dave Brockie, GWAR's Oderus Urungus, Dies At 50

March 24, 2014 – The mastermind behind metal's most cartoonishly grotesque band brought levity to the genre.

Kristina Hanses (of Swedish performance art duo Kristal and Jonny Boy) getting ready to bust a move.

Read 5 Dance Moves We Learned At SXSW 2014 In GIFs

March 18, 2014 – We know you're dying to try the Buck-Up Bronco and the Minimalist Marionette.

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace breaks into a smile during her band's set at the Spin day party at Stubb's.

Read SXSW 2014 In Pictures

March 17, 2014 – Nearly 100 photos of musicians we fell in love with at last week's South by Southwest festival.

Kishi Bashi performs at The Dirty Dog in Austin, Texas during the 2014 South by Southwest Music festival.

Listen What We Loved On Day Five At SXSW

March 16, 2014 – On the final night of SXSW, music gives us the keys to the universe and a glimpse of the future.

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With a Bjork-like voice and a heart-breaking vibe out of The Sundays, Kristal and Jonny Boy's set at Cedar Street Courtyard was enthralling performance art.

Listen NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Friday

March 15, 2014 – On Friday, full-throttle music consumption and overwhelming crowds battled to an exhilarating draw.

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Skrillex skipped the main room at Empire and went straight to the DJ booth, with fans watching from building tops.

Listen NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Thursday

March 14, 2014 – Music offered comfort and release as things began to get back to normal at SXSW on Thursday.

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Damon Albarn performs at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas.

Listen NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Wednesday

March 13, 2014 – Late Wednesday night in Austin, tragedy interrupted the music at SXSW.

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Neil Young speaks about Pono, his new high-quality digital audio system, at SXSW.

Listen Hear Neil Young Explain His Pono Music Player At SXSW

March 12, 2014 – Neil Young wants to start a revolution against the MP3. At SXSW, he debuted his biggest weapon.

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Who brings a confetti cannon to a fun fight? Calliope Musicals does.

Listen NPR Music At SXSW 2014: Tuesday

March 12, 2014 – We loved Charli XCX, watched Neil Young talk about Pono and Ubered a pedicab.

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Arsenio Hall with his band. Robin DiMaggio stands to the right of Arsenio.

Read What's With All The Drummers Leading Late-Night Bands?

February 27, 2014 – Robin DiMaggio, leader of The Arsenio Hall Show band, says ambidextrous drummers drive the band.

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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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