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Front Row

Elle Varner, Live In Concert

The rising R&B star came out with guns blazing and performed fleshed out versions of her new songs.

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Front Row

Jason Isbell, 'Cover Me Up' (Live)

Watch Isbell perform "Cover Me Up," which was named Song Of The Year at this year's AMA festivities.

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The Two-Way

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Reaches Labor Deal With Musicians

The Grammy award-winning ensemble will open the first concert of its 70th anniversary season with Beethoven's ninth symphony, the "Ode to Joy."

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Newport Jazz Festival

Hear sets from the "grandfather of jazz festivals" on the coast of Rhode Island