Maurice White flanked by singers Ralph Johnson (left) and Philip Bailey (right) of the band Earth, Wind & Fire perform at the Wiltern Theater December 11, 2004 in Los Angeles. Carlo Allegri/Getty Images hide caption

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First Listen

First Listen: The Suffers, 'The Suffers'

The Houston band's sound is steeped in what it calls "Gulf Coast Soul," but it also channels ska, Southern hip-hop, classic soul, rock 'n' roll and especially reggae.

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World Cafe

Shemekia Copeland On World Cafe

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The blues star performs live versions of songs from her latest album, Outskirts Of Love.

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