Nashville singer-songwriter Derek Hoke describes his crowd-pleasing music as "quietbilly." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Derek Hoke: Three Quiet Chords And A Microphone
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Luciana Souza has two new albums out, Duos III and The Book of Chet. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova To Chet Baker
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Chan Marshall's new album as Cat Power, her first set of new songs in more than six years, is called Sun. Austin Conroy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cat Power: 'I'm Not Ashamed To Hear My Voice'
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Sean Forbe's new album, Perfect Imperfection, is out Sept. 4. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sean Forbes: Deaf But Not Quiet
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Bloc Party's new album, Four, is a return to their roots. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Bloc Party Gets Back To Basics
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Dan Deacon's latest project combines his signature electronic sound with live musicians and instruments. Shawn Brackbrill/Courtesy of Domino Records hide caption

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Dan Deacon On Computers, College And 'Electronic Music'
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Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli. Ryan MacDonald/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty
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"To me, the voice is an instrument, just like any other instrument," Regina Spektor says. Shervin Lainez hide caption

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Regina Spektor: On Growing Up A 'Soviet Kid'
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The Avett Brothers are real-life siblings Scott (left) and Seth Avett (right), and bass player Bob Crawford. The band's newest album is The Carpenter. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Avett Brothers: Matters Of Life And Death
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Chilly Gonzales' latest album is Solo Piano II. Alexandre Isard hide caption

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Chilly Gonzales: Pianist, Rapper, Provocateur
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Sean Rowe's new album is The Salesman and the Shark. Marius Bugge hide caption

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Sean Rowe: An Outdoorsman Enters Civilization
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Actress Rashida Jones says Steely Dan opened her young mind to "the mathematics of music." Vera Anderson/WireImage hide caption

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How Rashida Jones Found Her Inner Music Nerd
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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities. adoc-photos/Corbis hide caption

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Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard
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"There was this sensation of going on a journey together, without seat belts," says Rhiannon of her band's first totally improvised performance. Her newest album is called Spontaneous. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rhiannon: An Improviser Resists The Urge To Reuse
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Marian McPartland hosted NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marian McPartland's Storied Life, Told 'In Good Time'
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