EMA's new album, The Future's Void, comes out April 8.
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March 30, 2014 The singer's new album navigates an imagined future world of sad clones and shattered identities. It creates a sonic alternate universe through which many elements float.
Nickel Creek's new album, A Dotted Line, comes out April 1.
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March 23, 2014 One-time bluegrass prodigies reunite with an album that plays to each musician's strengths. As always, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile balance their virtuosity with joyfulness and spunk.
Lady Gaga donned luxurious plastic bags for her SXSW Keynote on Friday.
March 15, 2014 In a keynote event at SXSW, the queen of pop transgression offered support for anyone struggling with self-definition and illustrated how hard it is to steer clear of the constraints of corporate pop.
Anything can happen in Austin. Be prepared.
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March 10, 2014 SXSW can be so overwhelming, so here are six recommendations for keeping keep cool at the Austin music festival — for first-timers, veterans and those following along at home.
Beautiful Music Together: Joaquin Phoenix takes a walk on the beach with his girlfriend the Operating System in the Oscar-nominated film Her.
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March 1, 2014 Original songs and scores aren't the only music worth paying attention to on Oscar night. Pop music is woven deeply into the performances and plots of many of the year's best movies.
February 19, 2014 Ann Powers says that for the music lover searching for an immersive streaming service, newcomer Beats Music comes close to offering the complete package.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones' new album, Half the City, comes out Feb. 18.
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February 9, 2014 The band's music doesn't just mimic the soul sounds its members love; it regenerates the tradition. Half the City is the first major recorded statement from a band already growing into greatness.
Eric Church's new album, The Outsiders, comes out Feb. 11.
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February 2, 2014 As fun as his bold declarations can be, the country star's depth comes from his ruminative side; his decade-long slow rise has made him as flexible as he is determined. The greatest thing about The Outsiders is its range, both in sound and in the stories Church tells.
Kendrick Lamar and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons onstage during the 56th Grammy Awards.
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January 27, 2014 On the Grammy stage, winners and performers had to deal with the sometimes-uncomfortable will of the show's mainstream tastes. Questions of appropriation and access dogged the show, but a few times, meaningful alliance shone through.
Robert Ellis' new album, The Lights From the Chemical Plant, comes out Feb.11.
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January 26, 2014 Ellis eludes categorization within either mainstream country or Americana music by going the route of both formats' greatest maverick craftsmen.
Hurray For The Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra.
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January 23, 2014 The New Orleans-based bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra talks about the wide range of political and musical inspirations — from her Puerto Rican background to the Occupy movement and women's rights in India — behind her band's new album, Small Town Heroes.
Laura Cantrell's new album, No Way There From Here, comes out Jan. 28.
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January 19, 2014 Cantrell, who was born in Tennessee, is one of the stylists who defined Americana music as we now know it when she first emerged in 2000. But she's an urbanite, too, interested in expressing how the simple life gets thornier when your country dreams must adapt to the possibilities and problems of life in a metropolis.
Bruce Springsteen performing in November at Madison Square Garden.
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January 15, 2014 In a one-hour-plus interview with NPR Music's Ann Powers, The Boss talks about his latest album, says the current version of the E Street Band is "the best it's ever been" and shares lessons he learned from his musical heroes as well as playlists full of new music.
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Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
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January 5, 2014 Each song on Cash's new album is rooted in the Southern soil connecting her family's old homestead in Arkansas to its ancestral Virginia homeland, expanding to survey its artistic roots in Alabama and Tennessee. Some narratives are fictional, while others mine family lore.
Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer from Swedish electronic music duo The Knife perform live on stage at Lowlands festival in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands in August.
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January 1, 2014 In a rare audio interview, the Swedish electronic duo reveals how its latest album, Shaking The Habitual, is an extension of the philosophy that "everything is politicized."
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