Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires' new album, Dereconstructed, comes out May 27. Wes Frazer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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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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Ben Watt's new album, Hendra, comes out April 29. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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