NPR Music's Ann Powers (right) interviews musicians (from left) Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Alynda Lee Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff, Sharon Jones and Meshell Ndegeocello at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. Brady Harvey hide caption

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Sharon Jones, Mike McCready, Meshell Ndegocello And Alynda Lee Segarra On Stage
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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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EMA's new album, The Future's Void, comes out April 8. Leif Shackelford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nickel Creek's new album, A Dotted Line, comes out April 1. Brantley Gutierrez/Courtesy of the artist 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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Eric Church's new album, The Outsiders, comes out Feb. 11. John Peets/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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