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For Singer Ane Brun, 'Freedom Is Really An Absence Of Fear'

"Let your mind and body rest so it can heal." That's the mantra that inspired the Norwegian artist on her latest album, When I'm Free.

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Alejandra Deheza finished the album SVIIB on her own after the death of her School of Seven Bells collaborator Benjamin Curtis. Clarke Tolton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mr. MFN eXquire: 'I Evolved As A Man'

Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry.

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Kirk Franklin tries to create a "horizontal Jesus" on his new album, Losing My Religion. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gospel Star Kirk Franklin Wants To Help You Lose Your Religion

The gospel star is known for merging hip-hop and gospel. His new album has a controversial title; he says he hopes it will help make God famous.

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Saul Williams' new album is MartyrLoserKing. Geordie Wood/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 1987, Bernie Sanders --€” then the mayor of Burlington, Vermont --€” collaborated on a folk album called We Shall Overcome. Glenn Russell/Courtesy of Todd Lockwood hide caption

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Walter Martin Remembers Art History Class With 'Arts + Leisure'

The Walkmen musician has gone solo with his new record. It's a song cycle inspired what Martin calls his "shaky grasp of college art history."

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"I was just in love with the energy," Anderson .Paak says of attending a black Baptist church for the first time. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Haggerty, a.k.a. Macklemore, and Jamila Woods collaborated on the song "White Privilege II." Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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