Beck's new album, his first since 2008, is called Morning Phase. Peter Hapak/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Beck's Long Balancing Act
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Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s. Luke Ratray/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'
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St. Vincent is the fourth solo album from singer and guitarist Annie Clark. Renata Raksha/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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St. Vincent's Eerie Musical Alchemy
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Fred Armisen's Fake Bands (And Their Real Songs)
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Belgian music sensation Stromae acts as a mannequin in the music video for "Papaoutai." Benjamin Brolet/Universal Music France hide caption

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Stromae's Lyrics 'Show A Different Vision Of The World'
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Songwriter John Paul Keith is one of a number of artists to record songs using 1930s-era technology as part of The 78 Project. The 78 Project hide caption

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That Old-Time Sound, Captured Live In The Moment
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Blues artist John Hammond is celebrating more than 50 years of recording with a live album called Timeless. Marla Silver/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot
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On the new album Panama 500, pianist Danilo Pérez considers five centuries of his home country's history. Raj Naik and Luke Severn/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Man, A Plan, A Concept Album About Panama
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Shamie Royston (left) and Rudy Royston, married for nearly two decades, have recently issued their own debut albums as bandleaders. Mike Molaire/John Rogers for NPR hide caption

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo On A Mission To Preserve Culture
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Is There A Secret To Happiness?
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Solange Knowles With Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley
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