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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of August  |   

Check out our favorite dance tracks from the past month, featuring a new anthem from Recondite and some not-so-Basic House from the founder of Opal Tapes.

New Mix: The Smashing Pumpkins, Tennis, Ex Hex, Gemma Ray, More  |   

On this week's show: Moody rock from Ex Hex, a deluxe version of a Smashing Pumpkins classic, the enchanting voice of Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds, great grooves from Tennis and more.

First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar'  |   

Plant's 10th solo album lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.

The Other Rock History  |   

What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

First Listen Live: Alt-J, 'This Is All Yours'  |   

Join NPR Music for a live video webcast with alt-J. The British trio will perform songs from its strange and beautiful new album, This Is All Yours, live from New York City on Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

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