Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now. Charles Howells/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

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For three years, jazz musician Vijay Iyer has worked with poet and performer Mike Ladd to set the words of war veterans to music. The resulting album, released earlier this month, is called Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

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The electronic band Chvrches comprises Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty (center) and Iain Cook. Stephanie Shim/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chvrches Talks Technology (And 'Ghostbusters')

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Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album combines new originals with some staples of the genre. Russ Harrington/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'You Can Always Come Home': Alan Jackson On Family And Bluegrass

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf. Steinway & Sons hide caption

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Kings Of Leon: Back With The 'Comeback Story Of A Lifetime'

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Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album." Joseph Guay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

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?uestlove and The Roots play backing band to Elvis Costello on the new collaborative album Wise Up Ghost. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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?uestlove And Elvis Costello On Writing Together

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Composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone leads the chamber-pop ensemble San Fermin. Kyle Dean Reinford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Young Composer Steps Outside Of Himself (And Into Pop)

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Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore gazes over the rail on the Station to Station train as it speeds across the country. Mara McKevitt hide caption

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Hear Thurston Moore And Doug Aitken Discuss 'Station To Station'

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In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt Describes Her 'Simple Dreams'

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Sidi Touré's new album, Alafia, is his third international release. Johnathan Crawford/Courtesy of Thrill Jockey Records hide caption

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Honoring A Duty To Make Music In Silent Mali

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Mike Doughty's latest album, Circles Super Bon Bon, revisits songs from his years fronting the band Soul Coughing. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mike Doughty Annuls The 'Dark Marriage' Of His Former Band

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Listen: James Ingram On 'Song Travels'

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Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Marley Marl

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