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For the past three years, the Robotic Empire label has released album-length tributes to Nirvana for Record Store Day: In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety and Whatever Nevermind.

SoCal native Anderson .Paak was one of the most buzzed-about artists at this year's SXSW music festival, and he keeps proving why with incredible live performances — like this one, in which he plays "Am I Wrong," one of KCRW's favorite tracks of the year so far. Expect even bigger things now that the singer, rapper and drummer has signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.

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  • "Am I Wrong"

Formed in the fringes of early '90s Los Angeles indie rock, The Summer Hits crafted pop that lingered around the orbits of twee, shoegaze and ramshackle teenage garage rock. What set the band apart was its approach — it caked on elements of those sounds to extremes, noisy and pretty all at once, and played with a grit that made the master tapes buckle.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

One of the most iconic songs of the civil rights movement is now the subject of a lawsuit.

Shearwater On World Cafe

Apr 13, 2016

Jet Plane And Oxbow, released earlier this year, is Austin rock band Shearwater's ninth album. In this session, lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg says Shearwater made a conscious effort to make sure each song on the record made you want to see and hear it performed live, adding that the band pulled many sonic choices straight out of the '80s.

In the player above, hear Shearwater perform three songs from Jet Plane And Oxbow, recorded live in the World Cafe studio.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Archie Fisher

Apr 13, 2016

Revisit host Fiona Ritchie's time with legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and broadcaster Archie Fisher. This episode of The Thistle & Shamrock features music from across the decades of Fisher's remarkable career in the transatlantic folk scene.

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Three silhouettes stretch across the flat earth, facing each other at a tense distance. Heat squiggles through the air like baby snakes dancing in the sand. The one facing west is long and cracked like old leather, his face determined but his eyes wet with worry. In a rush to claim his bounty, he's replenished his bullet belt, but has left his gun in the room where his antenna'd lover lies. He is thinking about last night, knowing it was likely his last.

First Watch: OSHUN, 'Protect Your Self'

Apr 13, 2016

Reclaiming The Queer Dance Floor

Apr 12, 2016

Mike Servito has been playing records in public since the mid-'90s, and while the Brooklyn-based DJ is fully capable of plying his trade just about anywhere, he also knows that there's nothing quite like a queer dance floor. "You definitely turn it up a little bit at a gay party," he says. "You can be more brash, more vocal, and put a little more feeling and sexuality into it."

Nada Surf On World Cafe

Apr 12, 2016

Last month, Nada Surf released a new full-length album, You Know Who You Are, after a four-year break. The New York band consists of Matthew Caws (guitar, vocals), Doug Gillard (guitar), Ira Elliot (drums) and Daniel Lorca (bass, backing vocals), who've been playing together for two decades.

Nada Surf has always had a knack for propulsive, guitar-driven rock, which you'll hear in this session as the band performs three songs from You Know Who You Are.

As founder of NPR Music's All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen talks to musicians for a living. For a while, he's asked many of them the same question: "What is the song that changed your life?"

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. A bluegrass-inspired band that keeps one foot in its native Michigan's Motown soul and the other in the polished twang of Music City, the group had no idea what lay before it when its members first began jamming at open mics.

There's reality, and then there's what we tell ourselves. Both can be terrifying and difficult, even disastrous. Chris Schlarb tackles an old friendship, misconceptions, grace and the passing of time in Psychic Temple's "Brother O."

A jury trial is now set for a lawsuit that says members of Led Zeppelin plagiarized a key element of the best-selling song "Stairway to Heaven." The estate of Randy Wolfe, the late guitarist of the band Spirit, initially filed the federal lawsuit two years ago.

How strange it must be to be born on February 29, only able to truly celebrate a birthday every four years. It's got to conjure some bittersweet feelings, as if missing out a little on a primary marker of the passage of time — not to mention a steady stream of jokes about turning, say, 20 years old, but only technically 5.

World Cafe Next: Margaret Glaspy

Apr 11, 2016

Margaret Glaspy, a singer-songwriter originally from California, is about to release her debut full-length, Emotions And Math. After high school, Glaspy received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music for one semester. Once that scholarship ran out, she hung around Boston for a while, soaking up master classes and workshops, before moving to New York City to refine her songwriting.

Last fall in New York City, NPR Music recorded a blistering concert by Palehound, in which singer, songwriter and guitarist Ellen Kempner presided over a string of tense and evocative songs about overcoming doubt and, when necessary, spitting venom.

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Metropolis: 4/9/16

Apr 11, 2016
This Week's Playlist

  • DJ Shadow, "The Mountain Will Fall" (Mass Appeal)
  • Kraak & Smaak, "Hands Of Time (feat. Alxndr London)" (Jalapeno)
  • Justin Martin, "Wet Cat (feat. Kill Frenzy & Ardalan)" (Dirtybird)
  • Gorgon City, "All Four Walls (feat. Vaults)" (Capitol)
  • Benjamin Carlisle, "Love Me Like This (Icarus Mix)" (Insanity)
  • Lektrik, "I Like I Like" (Turnstyle)
  • Ipanema, "Ipanema" (White Label)

Daughter has become, since its first appearance on the KEXP airwaves in 2012, one of the most endearing bands ever to perform live in our studio. The group accrued more than two million views from just two sessions (and performed a third session at Cutting Room Studios). Earlier this year, the North London trio released Not To Disappear, its hotly anticipated second collection of spare, moody dream-pop. Here, Daughter performs the gorgeous "Doing The Right Thing," from that new album.

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