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The home of Car Talk and All Things Considered is now a go-to destination for music fans looking to hear the next big thing — or the latest from a superstar. It’s true: the music portion of the NPR web site, launched in 2007, is attracting 1.6 million visitors a month to hear new music ranging from the Decemberists to Tom Waits, Arcade Fire to Bruce Springsteen. The Washington Post has a great story on the rise of the site.

And it’s Free Music Monday. Here’s where to go to find free, legal downloads.