Zayn Malik's debut solo album, Mind of Mine, follows his departure from the boy band One Direction, with which he released four albums in four years. Miller Mobley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin And Shakey Graves—A Musical Conversation

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No Blank Space, Baby: Taylor Swift Is The Soul Of Ryan Adams

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Rickie Lee Jones' new album, The Other Side of Desire, will be out on June 23. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Josh Tillman's latest album as Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear, is a sincere and shocking catalog of the main character's adventures in sex and love. Emma Tillman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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