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Carlene Carter.

Read Carlene Carter Carries The Heavy Burden Of History Lightly

April 4, 2014 – The country singer treats the classic songs on her new album like living, vital pieces of art.


Arc Iris is the self-titled solo debut of Jocie Adams, a former member of The Low Anthem.

Watch The High Voice Of The Low Anthem Breaks Out As Arc Iris

April 3, 2014 – The eclectic approach of Jocie Adams' former band is amply present in her solo debut.


Jon Langford with Skull Orchard.

Watch Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

April 2, 2014 – The Mekons and Waco Brothers veteran has a way of mixing pretty melodies with harsh criticisms.


Dave's Picks Volume 9 features a 1974 Grateful Dead concert played in Montana.

Read Fight Sound With Sound: Grateful Dead's Arena Combat

March 31, 2014 – In 1974, the Dead used an enormous conglomeration of amps and speakers called the Wall of Sound.


New Gods is Scottish songwriter Dan Willson's second album as Withered Hand.

Read A Tuneful Conversation With A Sometimes-Distant God

March 25, 2014 – Dan Willson's second album as Withered Hand finds him at loose ends with his religious faith.


Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.

Read After A Painful Year, Bud Powell's Triumpant 1953 Return

March 24, 2014 – On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative at Birdland. At the keys, it was another story.


Sara Evans.

Watch Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

March 20, 2014 – In the midst of country hits about drinkin' and partyin', Evans' success is all the more heartening.


A late 15th-century icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh with the Saints of Rostov adorns the cover of a new album of Russian Orthodox Church music by the vocal ensemble Conspirare.

Read Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums

March 18, 2014 – Hear new vocal albums from blistering Beethoven to ancient sounds from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Angel Olsen.

Read Angel Olsen: A Voice Of Confounding Power

March 11, 2014 – Olsen's first album with a backing band launches her music from folk into an unclassifiable realm.


Pharrell, sporting more conventional headwear.

Read Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy

March 6, 2014 – To hear G I R L, you'd think his world consisted of grooving on beats and flirting with women.


Chuck Mead.

Read Chuck Mead: Gleefully Sinister Country Serenades

March 3, 2014 – Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario.


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