Sturgill Simpson's second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, takes inspiration from both Ray Charles and research into near-death experiences. Crackerfarm/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Beautiful Music Together: Joaquin Phoenix takes a walk on the beach with his girlfriend the Operating System in the Oscar-nominated film Her. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones' new album, Half the City, comes out Feb. 18. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Laura Cantrell's new album, No Way There From Here, comes out Jan. 28. Amy Dickerson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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