John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux. Frank Stefan Kimmel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

On his latest album, the guitarist puts his funky jazz-rock stamp on compositions that nod to Al Green, Afro-pop and rhythm & blues, with a couple old collaborators in tow.

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La Vida Bohème's second album, Sera, draws upon a handful of musical influences, from disco to reggae. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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La Vida Bohème: Dance Rockers Harness Chaos And Conflict

Lead singer Henry D'Arthenay looked to his Venezuelan home for inspiration in constructing the band's latest album, Será.

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Carole King is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She has written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Richard Drew/AP Photo hide caption

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Omar's new album, The Man, is his first project in seven years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Omar Grows Up To Become 'The Man'

Now a family man, the British singer continues to experiment with his music. His latest album, The Man, is all about growth, development and evolution.

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Mike Dean On Working With Selena, Scarface And Kanye

The producer and engineer helped create the Dirty South sound in the early '90s, and now, he says, "Me and Kanye are like a band."

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Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Zoran Orlic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old. Danny Clinch/Grand Central Publishing hide caption

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Macy Gray says being an artist means not having any limits or constraints. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

The rapper and producer says he's not afraid to make songs about being shy or unsure of himself.

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Jimmy Eat World's new album, Damage, is its eighth in 20 years together. Left to right: Rick Burch, Zach Lind, Jim Adkins and Tom Linton. Michael Elins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Statik Selektah On Boom Bap And His Mom's Favorite Rapper

The DJ and producer spoke to Microphone Check about his fifth album and giving his childhood to hip-hop.

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As kids, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer were all obsessed with hip-hop and TV shows like Yo! MTV Raps. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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