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Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War

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Darius Rucker's new album is titled True Believers. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks

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Vampire Weekend (left to right: Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig) met while they were all students at Columbia University. Alex John Beck /XL Recordings hide caption

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Vampire Weekend Comes Of Age In 'The City'

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The Toronto band Kobo Town plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles. Paul Wright/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the two men behind Daft Punk. David Black/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity

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Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20. Jimmy Katz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

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The Uncluded features Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson. Chrissy Piper/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths

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Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984. Raph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

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Jerry Lee Lewis shot to fame in the 1950s with hits such as "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Live, Singing As If Life Depended On It

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American jazz musician Woody Herman rehearses in London during a tour of England. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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100 Years Of Woody Herman: The Early Bloomer Who Kept Blooming

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Laura Mvula's debut is ambitiously confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation

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A batch of reissues and archival releases from Bing Crosby's own vaults is getting a high-profile relaunch. Above, Crosby circa 1956. Courtesy of Universal Music hide caption

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Bing Crosby: From The Vaults, Surprising Breadth

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Charles Bradley was signed by Daptone Records partly because of a James Brown act he used to perform. His new album is Victim of Love. Darren Bastecky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

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Natalie Maines, former singer for the Dixie Chicks, placed the group at the center of controversy in 2003, when she publicly criticized George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Natalie Maines: A Country-Music Rebel Rocks On Her Own

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Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashely Monroe, country stars in their own right, form the trio Pistol Annies. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pistol Annies: Plain Truths, Sharp Humor, Three-Part Harmony

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