Dee Dee Bridgewater's new album, Dee Dee's Feathers, mines the rich history of New Orleans music. Greg Miles/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Danish musician Amalie Bruun the woman behind the black metal project Myrkur. Rasmus Malmstroem/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Malia James/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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FKA twigs' new EP is called M3LL155X (pronounced "Melissa"). It follows a breakthrough year in which her debut album, LP1, was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Dominic Sheldon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bassist Christian McBride syncs up with drummer Lewis Nash in 2011. Simon Russell/Getty Images hide caption

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Three years ago, Carly Rae Jepsen dominated the summer with a hit no one saw coming. Her new album is called Emotion. Matthew Welch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aquaria, the new album by BOOTS, comes out November 13. Eliot Lee Hazel/Nasty Little Man PR hide caption

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Ira Kaplan (left) and James McNew of Yo La Tengo in NPR's New York City studios. Mike Katzif/NPR hide caption

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"People like me, DJs and producers, have a bigger say and a bigger voice than we've ever had before," says Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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