The cover of Dawn Richard's Goldenheart.
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January 30, 2013 After a year when men dominated the mainstream conversation about progressive R&B, a number of women are poised to take the mantle in 2013. Here are a few worth watching.
On her new album, Petra Goes To The Movies, Petra Haden recreates movie themes using densely layered arrangements of her own voice.
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January 24, 2013 Recent Oscar-nominated films, along with an experimental new album by alt-pop singer Petra Haden, remind us that movies are as much about what we hear than what we see.
January 14, 2013 "Suit & Tie" is the first new song in six years from Timberlake, the actor and singer who is better than almost anyone at making celebrity a job without losing face. It's no accident that the song is an ode to the power of looking good in the spotlight.
Jose James' No Beginning No End will be released on Jan. 22.
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January 13, 2013 James' fourth album skirts categories with ease, fitting in with current R&B innovators like Frank Ocean or Miguel, yet maintaining a strong awareness of a lineage that stretches from Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye to Lou Rawls to Maxwell.
Terri Walker (left) and Nicole Wray, whose album, Lady, will be out on March 11.
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January 9, 2013 Before the new year's hype cycle takes over, here are ten albums at risk of being overlooked that are worth adding to your list for 2013.
Natalie Maines performing in April.
January 1, 2013 Listening to Natalie Maines' cover of Pink Floyd's song "Mother" in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings made sense. Maines released her version, which takes the sting out of the song by showing the vulnerability in each of its characters, on the soundtrack of a movie about the West Memphis Three.
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December 26, 2012 Ann Powers picks her favorite chart-topping, radio-dominating songs of 2012.
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December 14, 2012 The gentle-voiced British singer who backed Eminem's monster hit "Stan" is back with her first new album in four years. A new song, "Let Us Move On," has a message of realistic hope and maintains Dido's deep connection to hip-hop with production by Jeff Bhasker and a verse from rapper Kendrick Lamar.
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Miguel's killer 2012 began with the release of three free Art Dealer Chic mixtapes. His second full-length album, Kaleidoscope Dream, followed in September.
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December 12, 2012 Ann Powers' favorite songs and albums of the year combined hooks, innovation, back story and individuality.
Lana Del Rey performs in France in July. Her album, Born To Die, came out in January, to mixed reviews.
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November 27, 2012 List-making season has arrived and with it a mad rush to define the year that is almost over. Wouldn't it be nice if critics built a mechanism for acknowledging earlier mistakes into the process?
November 20, 2012 A recent article argued that irony dominates youth culture today, but "Thrift Store," a rising hit by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, shows how misplaced that worry may be.
November 13, 2012 The haunting murder ballad, co-written with a member of The Civil Wars, will appear on the new album from the innovative bluegrass band, due in January.
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November 12, 2012 The video, in which the rockabilly queen sings a lovesick honky-tonk duet with Justin Townes Earle in a dive bar, nods to Jackson's legacy.
Neil Young, who turns 67 years old this month, performs with Crazy Horse on Oct. 26 in New Orleans. In recent concerts the group has focused mostly on material from its new album, Psychedelic Pill.
November 1, 2012 Recent live shows by some of the geezers of rock — from Neil Young to Roger Waters — have been much more than exercises in nostalgia.
Nashville veteran Deacon (Charles Esten) and upstart country-pop star Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) record a duet in a scene from ABC's Nashville.
October 26, 2012 The new hour-long TV drama gets plenty about Nashville's music scene right, and one of its best features is the way it uses the duet, a classic country music form, to reveal how musical values connect to bigger ones, like honesty, loyalty and ambition.
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