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Vampire Weekend Comes Of Age In 'The City'

The band just released its third album, Modern Vampires of the City. Chief lyricist and singer Ezra Koenig has described it as the third part of a trilogy about maturing. As part of that process, the album finds sustenance invoking Desmond Dekker and The Rolling Stones.

Dirty Beaches: A Nomad Musician Starts Over (And Over, And Over)

Alex Zhang Hungtai is a musician who has spent his life drifting from home to home. His parents were children of communist China, and since setting out, he's lived in places as far-flung as Honolulu, Montreal and most recently, Berlin.

Marshall Chapman: A Lifelong Rocker, Measuring Time By Elvis

Chapman has been writing songs for 40 years. She says it was seeing an Elvis Presley concert in 1956, when she was just 7 years old, that set her on the path.

Clairy Browne's Rock 'N' Soul Bus Rolls To The U.S.

Browne and her band, The Bangin' Rackettes, are a flamboyant retro ensemble from Australia. The group's new album is called Baby Caught the Bus.

Fitz & The Tantrums On World Cafe

The group crafts a mix of indie pop and neo-soul on its new album, More Than Just a Dream.

Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds

The Toronto band plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles. But its new album, Jumbie in the Jukebox, doesn't so much revive classic genres as reinvent them for a new time.