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Jim James' Regions of Light and Sound of God comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Jim James, 'Regions Of Light And Sound Of God'

January 27, 2013 – On his first full-length solo album, My Morning Jacket's singer seeks something bigger than himself.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album, We the Common, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, 'We The Common'

January 27, 2013 – Playful but forceful, Thao infuses everything around her with electricity and mischievous boldness.

Wayne Shorter's new album, Without a Net, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Wayne Shorter, 'Without A Net'

January 27, 2013 – The live album features six new tunes from one of jazz's greatest living composers and legends.

Richard Thompson's Electric comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Richard Thompson, 'Electric'

January 27, 2013 – Thompson plugs in and indulges his rock 'n' roll side, complete with solos that qualify as workouts.

Big Freedia (the stage name of New Orleans native Freddie Ross) is one of the biggest stars of the hip-hop subculture known as bounce.

Watch Big Freedia Lays Out The Basics Of Bounce

January 27, 2013 – Freedia may be the most visible star of the hard-dancing hip-hop subculture out of New Orleans.

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Trixie Whitley first emerged several years ago as the lead singer of the Daniel Lanois project Black Dub. Her debut as a solo artist is called Fourth Corner.

Read Trixie Whitley: Songs For A Charmed — And Checkered — Life

January 27, 2013 – Whitley was born with a musical pedigree and began her career with a super-producer's endorsement.

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The Oakland, Ca. ensemble Candelaria is one of Alt.Latino's artists to watch for 2013.

Read New Latin Music For 2013

January 27, 2013 – The hosts of NPR's Alt.Latino podcast discuss the Latin releases that have them excited this year.

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Hugh Panaro is The Phantom and Sierra Boggess is Christine in the 25th anniversary cast of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

Read 25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

January 27, 2013 – Phantom on Saturday became the first show in Broadway history to run for a quarter century.

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Adam Ant's first album in 17 years, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, is an ersatz musical memoir.

Watch After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again

January 26, 2013 – The man behind "Goody Two Shoes" hasn't made a record in two decades, but he's been busy all along.

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John Cale visits KEXP's studios in Seattle for an intimate performance.

Watch John Cale: The Return Of An Underground Icon KEXP

January 26, 2013 – Watch the co-founder of The Velvet Underground perform "I Wanna Talk 2 U," live at KEXP in Seattle. KEXP

Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies.

Read Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice

January 26, 2013 – Haden's new album, Petra Goes to the Movies, recasts movie scores in an a cappella setting.

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Jimmy Van Heusen with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s. Van Heusen wrote dozens of songs for the crooner and became Sinatra's close friend and confidant.

Watch The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra

January 26, 2013 – A cool ladies' man with a shaved head, Jimmy Van Heusen wrote dozens of hits and won four Oscars.

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Bill Evans.

Listen Bill Evans On Piano Jazz

January 25, 2013 – The usually quiet and reserved musical genius opens up about his approach and philosophy.

The Ebene Quartet performs at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York, in August 2012.

Watch The Ebene Quartet Powers Through Mendelssohn

January 25, 2013 – Watch one of today's top string quartets delve deep at a Brooklyn bookstore.

A still from the video for Bonobo's "Cirrus," directed by Cyriak

Watch Watch The 1950s Get Its Mind Blown

January 25, 2013 – Ordinary images of family life get twisted into something surreal in the video for a song by Bonobo.

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