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The Mars Volta, Shout Out Louds, Stephen Malkmus

Music from a found diary: The Mars Volta; Progressive rock classic from Gentle Giant; Stockholm pop from Shout Out Louds New instrumental electronica from Moby; Pavement's Stephen Malkmus; Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty; Billy Crystal's musical uncle Milt Gabler; Live concert preview of The Decemberists

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The Mars Volta, Shout Out Louds, Stephen Malkmus

L'Via L'Viaquez

A mysterious diary discovered in a reposessed car led to this album from experimental rockers the Mars Volta.

The Runaway

Three brothers, Derek, Ray and Phil Shulman, formed Gentle Giant in 1969 at the beginning of the progressive rock movement. This year they celebrate their 35th anniversary with several reissues, including this album In A Glass House, first released in 1973.

Go Sadness

The Shout Out Louds describe themselves as "four boys and a girl" from Stockholm who "play music together in a band." Their songs are lyrical, introspective and playfully romantic.

Blue Paper

This 2-CD set is Moby's ninth release and includes a disc of vocal tracks and one of electronic instrumentals.

Baby C'Mon

Stephen Malkmus is the former frontman for the '90s independent rock group Pavement. His solo work is as quirky and ironic as the sound that made Pavement famous.

Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well

Mike Doughty got his start in the avant-garde New York rock group Soul Coughing in the early 1990s. This is his third solo release since the breakup of Soul Coughing in 1998.

Love Is Just Around the Corner

Milt Gabler started the Commodore record label, best known for great jazz artists like Billie Holiday. He later worked with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Bill Haley and the Comets. Gabler was also comedian Billy Crystal's uncle. Crystal here offers a tribute compilation of some of Gabler's biggest hits.

The Sporting Life

Hear the Decemberists live in concert on Friday, May 6, 2005. The full performance at Washington, DC's 9:30 Club will be Web-cast on NPR.org as part of our live concert series. You can hear past shows archived online from Bright Eyes, Wilco and Interpol.