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Natalie Maines' new album, Mother, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Natalie Maines, 'Mother'

April 28, 2013 – The Dixie Chicks singer shows how her fearlessness blends with compassion and stunning vocal chops.

Mikal Cronin's new album, MCII, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: Mikal Cronin, 'MCII'

April 28, 2013 – The multi-instrumentalist applies a beachy sparkle to 37 minutes of fresh, fun rock 'n' roll.

La Vida Boheme's new album, Sera, comes out May 14.

Read First Listen: La Vida Boheme, 'Sera'

April 28, 2013 – The inventive, politically inclined Venezuelan band has done well by doing whatever it pleases.

She & Him's new album, Volume 3, comes out May 7.

Read First Listen: She & Him, 'Volume 3'

April 28, 2013 – Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward's new Volume 3 seems to be floating through AM speakers at all times.

Hungarian-born American cellist Janos Starker died Sunday at 88. Starker's career included more than 165 recordings, as well as decades of teaching.

Watch Janos Starker, A Master Of The Cello, Dies At 88

April 28, 2013 – Born in 1924, musician Janos Starker's path to wide acclaim included surviving a Nazi labor camp.


Iggy & The Stooges live from (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City.

Watch Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert Soundcheck

April 28, 2013 – Watch the band rip through songs from its new album Ready to Die during this First Listen Live show. Soundcheck


The Miami group Tiempo Libre combines hip-hop, R&B, rock and pan-Latin sounds to create a distinctive version of Cuban party music known as timba.

Read New Cuban Sounds Rooted In Tradition

April 28, 2013 – Hear world music DJ Betto Arcos' picks from Cuban artists.


Xenia Rubinos' debut album is titled Magic Trix.

Read Xenia Rubinos: Adventures In Syncopation

April 28, 2013 – The Brooklyn-based keyboardist and vocalist favors rhythms that are surprising and experimental.


Michael Bublé's latest studio album, his eighth, is called To Be Loved.

Watch Michael Bublé On Fishing, Sinatra And Auto-Tune

April 28, 2013 – A diehard fan of classic pop and swing, Bublé says he's not above the occasional modern touch.


Karl Hyde's debut solo album is titled Edgeland.

Watch Karl Hyde, Underworld Music Maker, Surfaces

April 27, 2013 – On his solo debut, Edgeland, the English electronic musician takes a turn for the personal.


The Chapin Sisters' new tribute album is titled A Date With the Everly Brothers.

Read The Chapin Sisters Reconsider The Everly Brothers

April 27, 2013 – Lily and Abigail Chapin's latest project is a kind of musical double date.


Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck performs "Song for Zula" at WFUV in New York City.

Watch Phosphorescent: An Understated, Epic 'Song For Zula' WFUV

April 27, 2013 – Matthew Houck and his band visit WFUV to perform one of the best songs Houck has ever written. WFUV

George Jones in 2000.

Watch When Clarence Thomas Wrote To George Jones

April 26, 2013 – Among the treasures on George Jones' wall of fame: a framed letter from the Supreme Court justice.

Stacy Sullivan.

Listen Stacy Sullivan On Piano Jazz

April 26, 2013 – The vocalist performs a set of standards, including a few tunes from her tribute to Peggy Lee.


Baby Alpaca

Watch Baby Alpaca's 'Sea Of Dreams' Is A Surreal Trip

April 26, 2013 – Chris Kittrell based the "Dada-rock" video for his band's "Sea of Dreams" on an actual dream.

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