Shemekia Copeland's new album, Outskirts Of Love, comes out Sept. 11. Mike White/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Petite Noir's debut album, La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful, comes out Sept. 11. Travys Owen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ben Folds' new album, So There, comes out Sept. 11. Allan Amato/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jonas Kaufmann's Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album comes out September 11. Julian Hargreaves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Louis Moreau Gottschalk was America's first musical superstar. Library of Congress hide caption

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Dam-Funk's new album, Invite The Light, comes out September 4. Mathew Scott/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joan Shelley's new album, Over and Even, comes out Sept. 4. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen

First Listen: Joan Shelley, 'Over And Even'

Songs on the Kentucky folk singer's second album sound ancient and true, even on first hearing.

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The Arcs' new album, Yours, Dreamily, comes out Sept. 4. Richard Swift/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cécile McLorin Salvant's new album, For One To Love, comes out Sept. 4. Mark Fitton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lou Barlow's Brace The Wave comes out September 4. Rachel Enneking/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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