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Vampire Weekend (left to right: Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig) met while they were all students at Columbia University.

Read Vampire Weekend Comes Of Age In 'The City'

May 28, 2013 – The band's third album, Modern Vampires of the City, closes a trilogy about growing up and maturing.

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The Toronto band Kobo Town plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.

Read Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds

May 24, 2013 – The Toronto band plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the two men behind Daft Punk.

Read Daft Punk: Accessing Electronic Music's Humanity

May 22, 2013 – The French duo's new album, Random Access Memories, is a notable departure for the French duo.

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Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.

Read Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

May 21, 2013 – On Metheny's latest, the jazz guitarist takes an evocative approach to Zorn's knotty compositions.

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The Uncluded features Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson.

Watch Aesop Rock And Kimya Dawson Showcase Their Strengths

May 20, 2013 – Critic Robert Christgau says The Uncluded's debut album is almost like two halves of a whole.

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Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.

Read Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

May 20, 2013 – A new anthology packs four CDs with music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small.

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Jerry Lee Lewis shot to fame in the 1950s with hits such as "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire."

Read Jerry Lee Lewis: Live, Singing As If Life Depended On It

May 17, 2013 – After years of struggle, the pop star began a comeback when he signed with Smash in 1963.

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American jazz musician Woody Herman rehearses in London during a tour of England.

Read 100 Years Of Woody Herman: The Early Bloomer Who Kept Blooming

May 16, 2013 – In a career that ran from the 1930s to the 1980s, the bandleader's style reflected changing times.

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Laura Mvula's debut is ambitiously confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago.

Watch Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation

May 15, 2013 – Mvula's debut is ambitiously confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago.

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A batch of reissues and archival releases from Bing Crosby's own vaults is getting a high-profile relaunch. Above, Crosby circa 1956.

Read Bing Crosby: From The Vaults, Surprising Breadth

May 13, 2013 – Four albums from Crosby's own vaults get a high-profile release — and demonstrate his influence.

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Charles Bradley was signed by Daptone Records partly because of a James Brown act he used to perform. His new album is Victim of Love.

Read On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

May 8, 2013 – New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.

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Natalie Maines, former singer for the Dixie Chicks, placed the group at the center of controversy in 2003, when she publicly criticized George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

Read Natalie Maines: A Country-Music Rebel Rocks On Her Own

May 8, 2013 – On her new solo album Mother, the singer-songwriter branches out from her work with Dixie Chicks.

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Read Pistol Annies: Plain Truths, Sharp Humor, Three-Part Harmony

May 7, 2013 – Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe are all the more compelling as a trio.

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Caitlin Rose knows it takes an assured performer to sell the notion of vulnerability over the long haul.

Read Caitlin Rose: A Singer Grounded In The Details Of Yearning

May 6, 2013 – Rose knows it takes an assured performer to sell the notion of vulnerability over the long haul.

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Ceramic Dog is Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily.

Read Marc Ribot Isn't Trying To Comfort Anyone

April 30, 2013 – Robert Christgau says Ribot's new hard-rock album with Ceramic Dog ranks among his most daring.

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