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

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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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?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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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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Linda Ronstadt performs in 1970. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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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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