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Ana Tijoux

Listen Ana Tijoux In Concert

July 16, 2012 – The Chilean rapper is a lyrical machine gun, delivering verses rapidly and never missing her target.

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Read This Time, R. Kelly Burns With (Relatively Chaste) Passion

July 30, 2012 – The prolific, and often risque, crooner's 14th album explores sounds from earlier eras.

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Mary J. Blige performs during the 2012 Essence Music Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 7.

Read Essence In New Orleans: A Festival That Knows Its Audience

July 9, 2012 – Gospel, R&B, politics, family and commerce (and 400,000 fans) all merge at a music festival.

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Read Big K.R.I.T.: Music Straight 'From The Underground'

July 6, 2012 – The hip-hop artist's Live From the Underground takes listeners on a historical journey of the South.

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The singer and songwriter Frank Ocean, whose first full-length studio album, Channel Orange, will be released on July 17.

Read A Close Look At Frank Ocean's Coming Out Letter

July 5, 2012 – The singer's announcement fits just fine in the history of ground-breaking, image-busting musicians.

Nina Simone, 1969.

Watch My American Dream Sounds Like Nina Simone

July 2, 2012 – Salamishah Tillet explains why Simone's pursuit of a life without fear is still a lesson for us all.

The cover for Bobby Womack's album The Bravest Man In The Universe.

Watch The Making Of Bobby Womack's 'Bravest Man'

July 1, 2012 – The story behind an album that marries the singer's past with contemporary sounds.

Reggie Watts gives a Tiny Desk Concert on May 21, 2012 at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Watch Reggie Watts: Tiny Desk Concert

June 25, 2012 – The comedian and musician performs spontaneous improvisations full of killer grooves and humor.

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Glen David Andrews, the New Orleans trombonist and singer and regular on HBO's Treme, surfs the crowd at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Read In New Orleans, A Buffet Of Great Music

June 22, 2012 – Critic Ann Powers on the highlights of her two-and-a-half week musical binge around the Big Easy.

Killer Mike's new album, his sixth, is called R.A.P. Music.

Read Killer Mike: On Ronald Reagan And Raising Daughters

June 19, 2012 – The Atlanta rapper has a new album, R.A.P. Music, and kicks off his U.S. tour Tuesday.

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Ice-T (left) with Chuck D in a still from his documentary From Something to Nothing: The Art of Rap.

Read Ice-T Gives A Hip-Hop History Lesson In 'The Art Of Rap'

June 14, 2012 – The rapper and actor says he's paying a debt with his film about hip-hop: "Rap music saved my life."

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On Looking 4 Myself, Usher's seventh studio album, the singer works with producers to cloak classic R&B in cutting-edge sounds.

Watch Usher's Classic R&B Dances On The Cutting Edge

June 10, 2012 – The singer's new album, Looking 4 Myself, is soulful, dramatic, heartfelt and deeply danceable.

MC Ride of Death Grips.

Listen Death Grips: 'Footage' Of The Hip-Hop Apocalypse

June 6, 2012 – "I've Seen Footage" catalogs the paranoia and police brutality that drove Death Grips to insanity.

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Read First Listen: Bobby Womack, 'The Bravest Man In The Universe'

June 3, 2012 – Womack's new album is an assertion of brains and power, full of blood, sweat and salty vinegar.

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