Jun 19, 2013 — True Widow's stoner-rock and shoegaze mix trudges with back-breaking heft. Turn it up on a good pair of speakers or headphones, and "Four Teeth" rattles like a heavier bummer jam from Neil Young's Zuma, complete with one-string guitar solos.
Jun 17, 2013 — One of the world's finest folksingers channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie at the NPR Music offices. As he has throughout his long career, Bragg finds a way to blend politics and music with grace, charm and a rough edge.
Jun 16, 2013 — The Chicago band's third album unleashes a sparkly charm offensive that practically rolls down your car windows for you. Sweet and dreamy, slick and sunny, Soft Will is the sound of weaponized agreeability.
Jun 16, 2013 — In 1963, the Fab Four recorded a series of sessions at the BBC, which author Colin Fleming argues are emblematic of the band they would become.
Jun 14, 2013 — The avant-indie rock veteran confronted his biggest fear — being alone in the middle of nowhere — and ended up with his first album outside the label system.
Jun 12, 2013 — Singer Matt Berninger and NPR's Audie Cornish discuss the band's new album (Trouble Will Find Me), being in a band of brothers, how his own brother inspired "I Should Live in Salt," and his own sheepish attitude toward the band's recent success.
Jun 11, 2013 — Los Angeles musicians Pete Yorn and J.D. King recently launched a new band called The Olms. Watch them perform "Wanna Feel It" at a private show for friends, family and KCRW listeners.
Jun 10, 2013 — Watch the band perform acoustic arrangements of four songs from its new album, Trouble Will Find Me. Though singer Matt Berninger had barely rested his voice from a show in the area the night before, the septet dutifully gives a lush, gorgeous performance.
Jun 9, 2013 — The Canadian band's second album showcases Katie Stelmanis' massive voice and increasingly personal lyrics in style, keeping one foot in the conservatory even as both are occupied on the dance floor.
Jun 9, 2013 — The band's third album continues a tradition of songs that unfold like mini-suites, hopscotching from one melodic figure or time signature to the next with a playwright's sense of structure.