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What Makes A Great Album Last?

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's Lotta Sea Lice is out now via Matador Records. Danny Cohen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

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Beck's latest and 11th full-length album is Colors, out now on Capitol Records. Eliot Lee Hazel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Beck On Healing Through Music, The Deep Art Of Pop And His New Album, 'Colors'

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New Mix: Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner, Selections From WOMEX And More

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R.E.M. in 1992 (left to right): Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Bill Berry, Mike Mills Anton Corbijn/Courtesy of Concord Music Group hide caption

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Michael Stipe And Mike Mills On 'Automatic For The People'

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Weaves' Wide Open is out now. Brendan George Ko/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Guest DJ: Weaves

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Weezer (left to right): Bassist Scott Shriner, drummer Patrick Wilson, guitarist Brian Bell and frontman Rivers Cuomo Brendan Walter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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How Weezer Traded Power Chords For Pop: A Conversation With Rivers Cuomo

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Lost Horizons: Simon Raymonde (left) and Richie Thomas Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde Shares And Talks About His First New Music In 20 Years

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Tune-Yards, A. Savage, Balmorhea, More

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How Composer Daniel Hart Brought 'A Ghost Story' To Life

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New Mix: MGMT, Courtney Barnett And Kurt Vile, More

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Lin-Manuel Miranda holds up the flag of Puerto Rico during a celebration in Vega Alta in August. Gladys Vega/Getty Images hide caption

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Explains How He Made His New Benefit Song For Puerto Rico

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Clockwise from upper left: Tom Petty, Torres, The Breeders, Ibeyi Courtesy of the artists, except Tom Petty, Richard E. Aaron/Getty Images hide caption

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New Mix: The Breeders, Torres, Ibeyi, Tom Petty, More

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New Mix: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chad VanGaalen, Lean Year, More

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New Mix: Björk, Neil Young, Burial, Kelela, More

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IMAGEClockwise from upper left: Wolf Alice, Jackie Shane, William Patrick Corgan, Loney Dear, Mavis Staples, Flikka Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Billy Corgan, Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy, Wolf Alice, More

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Songs that feature other artists aren't obliged to credit those guests — but when they do, it can get complicated. Matt Bardins for NPR hide caption

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All Songs +1: The Weird World Of 'Feature' Credits

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Beck Weaves, S. Carey, More

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Julien Baker, Robert Plant, METZ, More

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