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Caroline Herring's latest album mixes timeless intimacy with Gothic tales of the modern South. Jeffrey Fasano hide caption

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Them Crooked Vultures, a rock supergroup, was conceived over dragon's-breath soup. From left: John Paul Jones, Josh Homme and Dave Grohl. Dustin Rabin hide caption

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Advances in digital technology over the past decade have made it easier and cheaper to distribute music online. But it's fans, not labels, who are taking the lead. Fensterbme via Flickr hide caption

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Mads Tolling's new album The Playmaker features guest artists such as Stanley Clarke, Russell Ferrante and Stefon Harris. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Thelonious Monk relaxes with his wife, Nellie, before performing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on April 29, 1961. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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