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Jun 11, 2013 — All Songs Considered co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by NPR Music's Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers for a look back on the first half of the year in music. The four battle it out over their biggest surprises and favorite new artists, songs and albums from the first half of 2013.
Jun 11, 2013 — After almost six months of new music, it's that time of year when we pause to catch our breath, get our bearings and share our love for the albums that defined the first half of 2013 at NPR Music.
Jun 11, 2013 — We made you a doozy of a mix — 50 of NPR Music's favorite songs from the first half of 2013, including hip-hop anthems, dudes with beards, avant-garde lullabies, dance-music stompers, tear-jerking ballads, funk odysseys and synth-pop singalongs.
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 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.
Jun 6, 2013 — Among the vestment racks, satchel purveyors and art galleries of New York's SoHo neighborhood lies a small merchant which peddles preserved insects, skulls, bones and other geological findings. Unnerved — well, mostly — the improvising harpist generates a Caribbean bounce amid the glass cases.
Jun 4, 2013 — The soulful band, known for being visually enigmatic in the media, requested that its New York City performance be filmed entirely in silhouette, with the lights dimmed low and shadows dancing to an evening of heartfelt love songs.
Jun 3, 2013 — We needed to figure out the best possible way to move NPR Music's Tiny Desk from our old headquarters to our new facility just north of the U.S. Capitol. So we had OK Go perform "All Is Not Lost" hundreds of times, as we transported the Tiny Desk from one home to the other.
Jun 2, 2013 — On its second album, the beachy pop-rock band balances its fussy, studio-bound side with rich full-band chemistry and songs whose hooks pop into your thoughts days later. Pythons is more streamlined and straight-ahead than 2010's Astro Coast, but it's still catchy as anything.
Jun 2, 2013 — A duo from Sydney, Australia, Jagwar Ma combines rock 'n' roll signifiers (electric guitars, psychedelic vocals) with pristine dance-music production. Howlin largely nails that sweet spot between singing along to a song and losing yourself in it.