Graham Nash.

Graham Nash On World Cafe

The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer visits the WXPN studios to reflect on his days in The Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash. His new autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, takes readers on a page-by-page journey through the musician’s life.

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Kacey Musgraves' Same Trailer, Different Park is one of several country music albums released by women this year.

Quiet As Kept, Women Dominated Country Music In 2013

As the year comes to a close, NPR’s Neda Ulaby takes a look at a particular category of artists that has had an outstanding year in music. While female country musicians have had a banner year, their work also went against prevailing radio and industry trends — for better or worse.

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Lorde performs in Sydney, Australia, in October.

Lorde Sounds Like Teen Spirit

The story of 2013’s wild-haired teenage pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with the 1991 emergence of grunge kingpins Nirvana, but recast for the millennial age.

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Nick Lowe.

Nick Lowe On World Cafe

In addition to performing songs from his new holiday album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family, the English singer-songwriter discusses how he gets into the Christmas spirit.

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The Polyphonic Spree.

The Polyphonic Spree On World Cafe

The gigantic band has taken its joyful, exuberant Christmas music on the road, touring the country with its “Holiday Extravaganza.” Hear the group play classic Christmas tunes in this studio session.

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Bill Callahan.

Bob Boilen’s Favorite Lyrics Of 2013

Often, great words are the secret ingredient in great songs: the emotion, the insight, the connection hidden beneath the surface. All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares the lyrics that caught his ear this year.

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Bard Ylvisaker (L) and Vegard Ylvisaker of Ylvis perform "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" in September.

Top 10 Top 40 Of 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.

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Tim O'Brien (left) and Darrell Scott perform live on Mountain Stage.

Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott On Mountain Stage

Recognized as two of roots music’s most respected singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, O’Brien and Scott took a break from their busy solo careers in 2000 to record their first album as a duo, titled Real Time. This year, the two joined up again for Memories and Moments. Hear them perform songs from both albums live on stage in Tennessee.

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Andrew Bird.

Andrew Bird On World Cafe

Wielding many instruments and a remarkable whistling ability, Bird has developed an offbeat marriage of classical and pop music over the course of his decade-long career. Hear the relentlessly inventive singer-songwriter perform songs from Noble Beast in this archived session from 2009.

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Phantogram's "Fall In Love" is featured on this week's edition of Metropolis.

Metropolis: 12/7/13

This week’s two-hour mix from Metropolis host Jason Bentley features a new song from Phantogram, music from London’s Metronomy, a Photek remix of Bob Marley & The Wailers, back-to-back cuts from Kaskade and much more.

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