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Mexican rockers Maná to break Staples Center record for sold-out shows

Mexican pop rockers Maná are poised to break the record for most-ever sold out shows at the Staples Center tonight, reflecting the growing popularity of Latin pop music in the U.S.

Peter Stenshoel's album of the week: Volume II by Joan Baez

This extremely early effort of an extremely young Joan Baez was one of those haunting influences on my grade school years.

Ann Powers reviews two Nashville darlings, Jack White and Marty Stuart

NPR's music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from two artists from a country music neophyte and a country music legend, Jack White and Marty Stuart.

Coachella's 2nd, hot weekend wrapping up

Rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were set to cap the festival.

Coachella's 2nd weekend sizzles with triple-digit temps

Coachella Weekend One may have brought sheets of rain, but Weekend Two is bringing the heat. Temperatures hit 106 on Friday, and aren't letting up anytime soon.

Will Ryan to perform with Donald and Goofy

This weekend, Will Ryan and his band, the Cactus Cowboys, will be playing a special set that’s likely to be a big hit with animation buffs.

Levon Helm of The Band, dead at 71

Former drummer and singer for The Band, Levon Helm, died of cancer on Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Album of the week: Pure Gabby by Gabby Pahinui

Gabby Pahinui's relaxed guitar style is a perfect compliment to the hot temperatures coming this weekend. This Sunday marks what would have been his 91st birthday.

Coachella bends rules on bands playing non-festival shows

If you can’t make it to Coachella Weekend Two, not to worry. This year, many of the same bands are also appearing a lot closer to home.

Virtual Tupac, a new trend for shows? Who would you see virtually, live?

There he stands, his six-pack abs glistening, microphone in hand, yelling out to a screaming crowd at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

New music Tuesday: New albums from Amadou & Mariam and Yann Tiersen

Music critic Drew Tewksbury reviews music by French musician Yann Tiersen and Mali's Amadour & Miriam.

Coachella Day 3: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headline

The music at Day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be all over the map, with performances by rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg closing Week One.

Coachella Day 2: The De-rainening

After some inclement weather to kick off Coachella, Day 2 of Weekend 1 became more of what people have come to expect from the festival.

Adele’s solar-powered beach house

There are many perks that come with being the world’s best-selling pop star and a multiple Grammy award winner. In the case of British chanteuse Adele, one of them is a $3 million beach home in Brighton, England, complete with big-money renovations.

Rain dance: Meet the Coachella swim team hopefuls

Coachella 2012 welcomed tens of thousands of underdressed and ill-prepared music enthusiasts to its swim team tryouts on Friday.

Album of the week: The Sound of Music Soundtrack

James Kim fills in for Peter Stenshoel with an Album of the Week: On the way to Coachella, I found one of my favorite soundtracks at a thrift store: "The Sound of Music."