As the title character (Melvil Poupaud) begins a new life as a woman, Laurence Anyways tracks the ups and downs of a relationship that will face more than one test. Breaking Glass Pictures hide caption

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Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats

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'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

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Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. Zoran Orlic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits

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Sigur Ros' new album is titled Kveikur. Lilja Birgisdottir/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'

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Yeezus is Kanye West's seventh studio album. Guillaume Baptiste/Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Yeezus,' Kanye West Sounds Strikingly Self-Aware

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Miami-born Cécile McLorin Salvant learned about improvisation and sang with her first band after moving to France in 2007. J.R. Photography/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again

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Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

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Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Karen Cleaves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories

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Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

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The Creole Choir of Cuba's latest album, Santiman, has a satisfying flow from celebration to solemnity. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'

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Barbara Mason had had one minor hit on Arctic by the time "Yes I'm Ready" came out in March 1965, and hit the Top 10 on both the R&B and pop charts. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound

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Paul Spring's first album of family music draws from his own childhood, as well as that of Mark Twain. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Peter Pan And Don Quixote Find The 'Home Of Song'

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Jason Isbell's latest album, Southeastern, is personal and intimate. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell: Literary, But Keeping An Edge On 'Southeastern'

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Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information was first released nearly 40 years ago. B+/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'

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