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The Best Music of 2013 (So Far)

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This year, bands from the 90s -- like the Pixies, fronted by guitarist/signer Frank black (pictured) -- have emerged from the shadows to release great new records.

Wednesday we’re taking the pulse of music in the year 2013 with Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. Boilen has noticed a couple emerging trends this year: influential bands from the 90s – like My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies – are making great records again; and a trio of talented acoustic guitar players are putting their stamp on a unique new sound. We’ll talk about that, plus the sexiest music ever, glam rock remade as 1920s jazz, the phenomenal new album from Vampire Weekend, and lots more.

Bob Boilen's top five albums of the year, so far:

And his picks for the top 10 tracks, so far:

And here's a Bob's top pick for "weirdest fun song," "Green Blood" by San Francisco band Sonny and the Sunsets:

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Bob Boilen is the creator and host of NPR's All Songs Considered.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.