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December 15, 2015 Listen to more than 400 of the best songs of 2015, as selected by NPR Music. These are the ones we couldn't stop playing, the ones we shared, the ones we kept close all year long.
Guitarist and singer Camila Meza will release a new album, Traces, in February.
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January 13, 2016 Jazz in its most flexible definition hits New York City in a marathon weekend every January. Here are some of the 120 bands to seek out, including Camila Meza, Makaya McCraven and Ray Angry.
December 27, 2015 Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt.Latino podcast join NPR's Carrie Khan to talk about some of their favorite songs of 2015.
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December 26, 2015 NPR's Linda Wertheimer likes Buddy Holly and Bill Haley, so Stephen Thompson brings her playlist up to the present day with songs from Leon Bridges, the Alabama Shakes, Elle King and Sleater-Kinney.
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Dornik quietly made one of the year's best R&B albums.
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December 23, 2015 There was plenty of R&B in 2015, from artists like The Weeknd in the mainstream to lauded up-and-comers like Kelela. Here are 10 worthwhile albums and EPs that may have slipped through the cracks.
Following her conversion to Catholicism, pianist Mary Lou Williams began to compose and record religious music.
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December 23, 2015 What was once called "the music of the devil" became, mere decades later, the setting to several liturgical or traditional ceremonies. With Christmas upon us, here are some prime examples.
December 22, 2015 Looking back on a year filled with great music, these 61 songs are the ones that hat public radio hosts and NPR Music team members loved best.
Maria Schneider and Rudresh Mahanthappa share top honors in the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.
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December 21, 2015 Composer-bandleader Maria Schneider's The Thompson Fields and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's Bird Calls tie for top album honors among 147 writers and broadcasters.
Ibeyi: Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz.
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December 19, 2015 This year, a plethora of mind-bendingly, cross-culturally deep albums and singles sparked our international music critic's imagination.
December 18, 2015 Our two-hour mix featuring more than two dozen of the year's best dance tracks reflects an ever-shifting landscape that — through everything — stays true to the beat.
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December 14, 2015 This year, the World Cafe host fell for an eclectic mix of albums, including gems by Courtney Barnett, Kamasi Washington and Tame Impala.
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