Shemekia Copeland's new album, Outskirts Of Love, comes out Sept. 11.
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September 2, 2015 The blues singer continues to resist genre constraints while tackling big issues and sounds. The resulting album speaks to the times in bold, rabble-rousing ways.
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Petite Noir's debut album, La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful, comes out Sept. 11.
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September 2, 2015 A bright new star from South Africa, Yannick Ilunga doesn't need to be sonically tethered to his African roots to gather notice in rock and electronic-music circles.
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Ben Folds' new album, So There, comes out Sept. 11.
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September 2, 2015 The ambitious singer and pianist splits his new album into halves: one recorded with the New York classical ensemble yMusic and one 21-minute "Concerto For Piano And Orchestra."
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Jonas Kaufmann's Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album comes out September 11.
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September 2, 2015 With a muscular, mahogany-colored voice, one of the today's finest tenors sings his way through the hits and lesser-known operas by Puccini.
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Gary Clark Jr.'s new album, The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim, comes out Sept. 11.
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September 2, 2015 Cool and in control, Clark can shed his voice's earthier timbre and slide into a dreamy falsetto at will. That makes for a striking contrast with his turbulent guitar attack.
Low's new album, Ones And Sixes, comes out Sept. 11.
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September 2, 2015 Intimacy, unease and aggression coexist in bracing, beautiful ways throughout Ones And Sixes, which feels as intimate as a whisper over pillows and as obtuse as transmissions from a faraway satellite.
Dam-Funk's new album, Invite The Light, comes out September 4.
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August 26, 2015 The man born Damon Riddick makes an epic 20-song album that draws on the entire history of funk. Six years in the making, Invite The Light has a sound that's almost impossible to pin down.
Joan Shelley's new album, Over and Even, comes out Sept. 4.
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August 26, 2015 Songs on the Kentucky folk singer's second album sound ancient and true, even on first hearing.
The Arcs' new album, Yours, Dreamily, comes out Sept. 4.
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August 26, 2015 In his new band, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach plays immersive, funky R&B and soul that's embellished with velvety harmonies, hissy tape recordings and lip-curling attitude.
Cécile McLorin Salvant's new album, For One To Love, comes out Sept. 4.
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August 26, 2015 Salvant explores the quaint art of jazz singing, but with her own aesthetic idiosyncrasies intact. Her toolbox contains anywhere from a rich, husky voice to one that tiptoes theatrically, girlishly.
Lou Barlow's Brace The Wave comes out September 4.
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August 26, 2015 Brace The Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.
August 26, 2015 Foxygen's Shaun Fleming aspires to a '70s ideal that rolls up sugarcoated bubblegum glam, soul balladry, Francophone pop and echoes of the Brill Building.
Royal Headache's new album, High, comes out August 21.
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August 20, 2015 The Australian band's soulful, Motown-worthy punk poetry sounds simple and direct on its second album, whose innate momentum makes even the calmest moments feel tense.
Anna Thorvaldsdottír's music evokes the beautifully austere landscapes of her native Iceland.
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August 19, 2015 With flashes of lyricism, a young composer excels at weaving sound textures together to create distinct atmospheres. Hear the album, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble.
August 19, 2015 On his 10th album as Destroyer, Dan Bejar keeps mining discarded sounds and reclaiming them, recalling everyone from Harry Nilsson to Clarence Clemons.
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