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Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

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Valerie June Wants To Be On Your Mind

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Vince Gill And Paul Franklin Ain't 'Foolin' Around' With Bakersfield Sound

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Jay-Z's previous albums include Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint. He collaborated with Kanye West for Watch the Throne. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jay-Z Swings Triumphant Then Trivial On 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

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Personal Record is the second solo album by Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eleanor Friedberger's 'Personal Record' Examines The Little Things

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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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