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Ann Powers On World Cafe

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Sigur Ros, Norah Jones And Danger Mouse, More

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Nas performs his classic 1994 album, Illmatic, on stage at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas during the 2012 SXSW music conference. Heather Kennedy/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Swerve... the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

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