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Bilal's new album, A Love Surreal, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Bilal, 'A Love Surreal'

February 17, 2013 – The soul singer explores the contours of intense emotions with patience and psychedelic insight.

Shout Out Louds' new album, Optica, comes out Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Shout Out Louds, 'Optica'

February 17, 2013 – Optica plays like a great '80s mixtape, albeit with modern production and a good deal of subtlety.

Deathfix's self-titled debut album comes out on Feb. 26.

Read First Listen: Deathfix, 'Deathfix'

February 17, 2013 – D.C. musicians Brendan Canty and Rich Morel make great pop full of unexpected turns on their debut.

John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.

Read Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

February 17, 2013 – Jonathan Cott was the last journalist to interview John Lennon before the singer's death.

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Singer-songwriter Amos Dolce on the set of the video for his song "Haiti, Haiti," which Konbit Mizik produced.

Watch Haitian Musicians Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends

February 17, 2013 – Natural disasters have wracked the tiny nation, inspiring a few survivors to speak out in song.

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Tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

Read Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes'

February 16, 2013 – The man called the greatest living Wagnerian tenor says he's bound by duty to honor the composer.

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Sidi Touré performed live at KEXP in Seattle.

Watch Sidi Touré: Magic Music From Mali KEXP

February 16, 2013 – Watch the Bamako musician and his band perform "Maïmouna," from his latest album Koïma, on KEXP. KEXP

Harmony — it's in the ear of the beholder, Australian researchers say.

Read Can You Learn To Like Music You Hate?

February 15, 2013 – A new study says that when you don't understand music, you don't even really hear it.

Aaron Neville.

Listen Aaron Neville On 'Song Travels'

February 15, 2013 – Hear Neville's silky voice in renditions of "This Magic Moment" and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile."

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Read Singer Emeli Sande Shares Her 'Version Of Events'

February 18, 2013 – The Scottish singer-songwriter performs for Michel Martin and chats about her whirlwind success.

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Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, winner of Album of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. To date, the band's winning album, Babel, has sold 1,737,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Read A Brief History Of The Grammy Sales Bump

February 15, 2013 – The Grammy Award for Album of the Year promises a huge increase in sales, but results may vary.

Bat For Lashes.

Read Bat For Lashes On World Cafe WXPN

February 15, 2013 – Hear British multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan play songs from her latest album, The Haunted Man. WXPN

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George Duke.

Listen George Duke On Piano Jazz

February 15, 2013 – A pianist for Miles Davis and Frank Zappa, Duke plays "My Funny Valentine" with Marian McPartland.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Jailhouse Bach

February 15, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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