Tracey Thorn's third album focuses on the small details in life: weddings, singles bars and the size of one's jeans. Edward Bishop hide caption

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Joanna Newsom's previous albums include The Milk-Eyed Mender and Ys. Annabel Mehran hide caption

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Johnny Cash in 2002, at producer Rick Rubin's recording studio in Los Angeles. Cash died on Sept. 12, 2003. Martyn Atkins hide caption

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Hot Chip formed in 2000 around the core duo of Alexis Taylor (second from left) and Joe Goddard (far left). Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle hide caption

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In addition to Stronger With Each Tear, Mary J. Blige recently recorded music for the movie soundtrack to Precious. Kevin Winter/Getty hide caption

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After Feels Like Home and Not Too Late, Norah Jones' The Fall is a step in the right direction. hide caption

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