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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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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