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Bombino's new album is titled Nomad.

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April 2, 2013 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach adds sonic heft to the Tuareg guitar virtuoso's latest album.


In 2012, Mark Lanegan released the album Blues Funeral. Black Pudding, an album-length collaboration with guitarist and singer Duke Garwood, will come out in May.

Read Mark Lanegan: A Secret Rock Star Still Shines Darkly

April 2, 2013 – Still best known as the singer for grunge-era group Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan has stayed busy.

Neko Case has been recording her latest album at WaveLab Studio in Tucson, Ariz.

Read Back In The Studio, Neko Case Recovers 'That Fire'

April 2, 2013 – Morning Edition checks in with the singer-songwriter as she refinishes her first album since 2009.


Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.

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March 31, 2013 – Ibrahim Maalouf's four-valve trumpet plays "blue notes" common to jazz and Middle Eastern styles.


Phil Ramone in New York in 1997.

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March 30, 2013 – Phil Ramone made classic albums by Paul Simon and Bob Dylan by keeping his own work invisible.

Issue 16 of the original run of Crawdaddy!, from June 1968.

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March 30, 2013 – Paul Williams started the first American rock magazine as a college student in 1966.

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.

Read The Women In Charge Of The Band WFIU

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.

Read The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear

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.

Watch The Many Sounds Of 1993 Bay Area Rap

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.

Watch Depeche Mode: A Dark And Steady 'Machine' KCRW

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.

Read Merritt And Dinnerstein: Bridging Their Worlds

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.

Read The Milk Carton Kids: At Life's Crossroads, A Duo Looks Both Ways

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


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