Yeezus is Kanye West's seventh studio album. Guillaume Baptiste/Getty Images hide caption

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Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Karen Cleaves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell's latest album, Southeastern, is personal and intimate. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vampire Weekend (left to right: Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig) met while they were all students at Columbia University. Alex John Beck /XL Recordings hide caption

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the two men behind Daft Punk. David Black/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Natalie Maines, former singer for the Dixie Chicks, placed the group at the center of controversy in 2003, when she publicly criticized George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Caitlin Rose knows it takes an assured performer to sell the notion of vulnerability over the long haul. AP Childs/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Brad Paisley's new album is titled Wheelhouse. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" was one of NPR Music's favorite songs of 2012. Kelly Christine Musgraves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing songs since they were 15 and independently released their first full-length album in 1999. Since then, they've produced seven studio albums. /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After a 10-year hiatus, David Bowie has just returned with The Next Day. /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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