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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.

Natalie Maines (center) at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas during the SXSW Music Festival. Maines's band included her father, Lloyd Maines (seated left) and Ben Harper (seated right).

Read Lessons From SXSW 2013: Take The Middle Road

March 19, 2013 – Big names and Next Big Things dominate SXSW, but acts between those poles interest Ann Powers more.

Jason Molina

Watch Jason Molina, A Folksinger Who Embodied The Best Of The Blues, Has Died

March 18, 2013 – Over a long and sometimes troubled career, Molina's songs made pain tangible and less terrifying.

50 years after the band was founded, The Zombies still count as a discovery for many attendees of SXSW. Here, Rod Argent (left) and Jim Rodford play to a warm reception on the festival's final night at Brazos Hall in Austin, Texas.

Listen SXSW 2013, Day Five: Introductions And Goodbyes

March 18, 2013 – Tired feet and little sleep didn't stop the All Songs team from a great time in Austin this year.


Justin Timberlake performed Saturday at the Myspace Secret Show during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. His new album — his first in seven years — is The 20/20 Experience.

Watch Justin Timberlake's Musical Vision Isn't '20/20'

March 18, 2013 – The multifaceted star's first album since 2006, The 20/20 Experience, offers a muddy view of pop.


Stevie Nicks speaking on stage at the 2013 South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Watch Stevie Nicks: 'When We Walk Into The Room, We Have To Float In Like Goddesses'

March 17, 2013 – The Fleetwood Mac singer tells Ann Powers her lessons from a life at the peak of the music industry.

A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.

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March 17, 2013 – An Argentine composer's vivid Passion According to St. Mark presents "a Latin American Jesus."


Kacey Musgraves' new album is titled Same Trailer Different Park.

Watch Kacey Musgraves, Country Music's New 'Golden' Girl

March 16, 2013 – Hailing from the tiny Texas town of Golden, the 24-year-old singer is disarmingly nimble with words.


Noise-rock band KEN mode pummeling Red 7 at SXSW 2013.

Listen SXSW 2013, Day Four: Deep Thoughts

March 16, 2013 – Our team in Austin gets a little punchy but still experiences moments of sincere and genuine bliss.


Charles Lloyd performs with pianist Jason Moran in Munich in early 2013.

Read 75 Years Of Charles Lloyd, Jazz's Spirit Warrior

March 15, 2013 – Hear five tunes spanning the saxophonist's career, from '60s mysticism to modern spirituals.

Strachwitz and Ry Cooder backstage at Arhoolie's 50th anniversary celebration.

Watch Arhoolie Records: 50 Years Of Digging For Down-Home Music

March 16, 2013 – Chris Strachwitz began distributing hard-to-find blues, Cajun and Latino music in the early 1960s.


Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.

Read The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

March 15, 2013 – The charismatic musician has backed Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King and toured with The Beach Boys.


Thom Yorke.

Read Atoms For Peace Doing It Live, Sort Of

March 15, 2013 – Despite its billing as a "DJ Set," the show Thursday night was another thing completely.

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