Best Music Of 2013
Dec 31, 2013 — This year four releases, a Brooklyn party and a festival announcement confirmed a music continuum and a sensibility whose allure refuses to fade.
Dec 31, 2013 — Pitch-shifted soul, a 14-minute pop song's insane game of chutes and ladders, and a four-way split of experimental music's most outward-thinking female musicians are just a few of the tapes that made 2013 awesome.
Dec 31, 2013 — The major lesson of a year in which YouTube helped change the rules of the charts: When it comes to pop, past performance is no guarantee of future results. But a few artists seem likely to buck the trend.
Dec 31, 2013 — Carcass and Satan came back after 17- and 26-year absences, respectively, while vets like Manilla Road kept the young'uns on their toes. SubRosa made doom metal gorgeous and the feral Cloud Rat made grindcore fearless and fearsome in 2013.
Dec 30, 2013 — This year saw interactive videos come to the fore, but some reliable ingredients — dancing, doppelgangers and Drake — were just as key to making a great video in 2013.
Dec 27, 2013 — A look back at the year's performances in the NPR Music offices, from OK Go to a well-placed gorilla suit. Highlights include John Legend, The National, a 17-piece chamber-rock band, an operatic tenor and more.
Dec 24, 2013 — NPR Music offers up a wealth of end-of-year podcasts to provide a soundtrack for your road trips.
Dec 23, 2013 — At the end of a year in which pop songs were a constant, provocative part of the national conversation, NPR Music critic Ann Powers sifts through the 100 most popular songs of the year to highlight 10 pure pop pleasures worth remembering.
Dec 21, 2013 — It was a banner year for the acoustic guitar. NPR Music partner Folk Alley presents the best the genre had to offer.
Dec 20, 2013 — Finding new and excellent R&B is a scavenger hunt, one that winds through blogs, Tumblr and Twitter. Here are the 10 songs that didn't make the pop charts, but should have got more love.