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An American Punk-Rock Band On Tour In The Land Of The Arab Spring

Last year, the the Atlanta-based rock band Black Lips released an album called Arabia Mountain. Now, the band is in the middle of a tour of Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

Aimee Mann: The 'Charmer' And The Disciplined Id

Ken Tucker says that Charmer is a song cycle about getting rid of a cynical frame of mind; about distancing yourself from people who are dragging you down.

Grizzly Bear On Candor, Democracy And Too Much Music

The Brooklyn band talks about its division of labor and how to break through the indie ceiling.

Mumford & Sons: Finding Balance In 'Babel'

With a name like a hardware store, Mumford & Sons is a British folk-rock band with a huge stateside following. For the group, testing out songs on the road is part of the creative process.

Elliott Sharp: 'Blues Is A Feeling'

With Terraplane, the guitarist transforms from New York avant-garde aesthete to down-and-dirty Chicago bluesman. In an interview with NPR's Jacki Lyden, Sharp remembers Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin and his "pearls of blue wisdom."

Rickie Lee Jones: 'One Devil With One Guitar'

On her newest project, The Devil You Know, the singer-songwriter covers a set of cult classics.