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

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On 'Yeezus,' Kanye West Sounds Strikingly Self-Aware

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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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Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories

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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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Jason Isbell: Literary, But Keeping An Edge On 'Southeastern'

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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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Vampire Weekend Comes Of Age In 'The City'

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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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Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity

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Dawes Knows Where It's Been And Where It's Headed

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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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Natalie Maines: A Country-Music Rebel Rocks On Her Own

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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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Caitlin Rose: A Singer Grounded In The Details Of Yearning

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

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Brad Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' Of Good Songs — And Intentions

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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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Kacey Musgraves: Country's Blunt And Poetic New Voice

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The 20/20 Experience is Justin Timberlake's first album since 2006. Tom Monro/ RCA hide caption

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Justin Timberlake Returns To Music With Enthusiasm And 'Experience'

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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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Tegan And Sara Reach Out To New Audiences With 'Heartthrob'

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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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David Bowie Awakens To 'The Next Day' Of His Career

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Ashley Monroe Is 'Like A Rose,' Briars And All

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Guards just released its debut album, In Guards We Trust. Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Guards: Anthems With Gravitas

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