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Dessa: Breaking The Rules Of Rap

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Although Merrill Garbus made her album with a laptop, she's a staunch bohemian who's big on slowing life down. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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tUnE-yArDs: Low-Fi And Beautiful 'Brains'

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Oliver Sim (far left) and Romy Madley Croft (left of center) of The xx shift roles without ever seeming hostile, cold or even unsupportive. Owen Richards hide caption

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The xx: Switching Roles In Song

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An Irrepressible Tribute To Charlie Poole

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Nellie McKay's Love Letter To Doris Day

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Mulatu Astatke's 'Ethio-Jazz' Gets A New Edge

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Oumou Sangare: Sonic And Political Muscle

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Moby Returns With A Thoughtful Vengeance

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Eminem: A 'Relapse' Of Horror?

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Art Brut: Immaturity Is A Virtue

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Amadou And Mariam: Well Beyond Mali

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K'Naan: Hip-Hop's New Pop 'Troubadour'

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A 'Francophonic' Take On Congolese Pop

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Sex, Gender Equality In New Girl Talk Album

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