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Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.

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March 30, 2013 – Clayton's new album is a tribute to Julius Eastman, a singular composer who burned out too early.


Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.

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March 29, 2013 – Jazz musicians like Lil Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams drove their own ensembles. WFIU

Comedown Machine, the fifth studio album by The Strokes.

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March 28, 2013 – The album cover for The Strokes' new Comedown Machine is meant to look like a 1970s tape-reel box.

This 1653 engraving by Rembrandt inspired composer Frank Martin to write his oratorio Golgotha in 1945.

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March 28, 2013 – Before Easter, hear five powerful and diverse musical portrayals of Jesus' last days.

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.

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March 30, 2013 – Following the death of her iconic father, Nkulee Dube is African reggae's newest hope.


A still from the video for E-40's 1993 song "Practice Looking Hard," in which rappers like The Coup's Boots Riley (second from right) and Tupac (not pictured) also appeared.

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March 28, 2013 – Overlooked by the industry, Bay Area rappers followed two rules: Do it yourself, and be yourself.


Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas.

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March 25, 2013 – After 30 years together, Depeche Mode will release its 13th album, the seductive Delta Machine. KCRW

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.

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March 23, 2013 – The new album Night is the collaborative effort of an alt-country singer and a classical pianist.


Kenneth Pattengale (left) and Joey Ryan, who record as The Milk Carton Kids. Their new album is called The Ash & Clay.

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March 23, 2013 – Both newly 30, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are nostalgic — and hopeful — on their new album.


Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.

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March 22, 2013 – The pianist, who enjoyed international fame late in life, was a prime mover of 20th Century Havana.

Dido's new album is The Girl Who Got Away.

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March 24, 2013 – The award-winning British singer is back with her fourth studio album.


Fans in the mosh pit during the performance of Liturgy at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Chicago, on July 14, 2012.

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March 22, 2013 – Two scientists walk into a heavy metal concert, and notice that fans behave like molecules in a gas.


The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.

Watch Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

March 21, 2013 – The mezzo with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations. Stevens died Wednesday at 99.

Baba Salah at his home in Bamako, Mali. On his new album, Dangay, he calls attention to what he describes as human-rights violations in the north.

Read Baba Salah: A Malian Musician Speaks To His Nation's Displaced

March 21, 2013 – Salah plays at a club in the capital where people gather to relax and "see images other than war."


Britney Spears performs during her 'Baby One More Time' tour.

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March 20, 2013 – A Supreme Court ruling may give a boost to a company that wants to be a used record store for MP3s.

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