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The new album Kin is a collaboration between author Mary Karr and singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell.

Read Making Music From Messy Relationships With 'Kin'

June 6, 2012 – Poet Mary Karr and songwriter Rodney Crowell team up on a new album featuring a variety of singers.


MC Ride of Death Grips.

Listen Death Grips: 'Footage' Of The Hip-Hop Apocalypse

June 6, 2012 – "I've Seen Footage" catalogs the paranoia and police brutality that drove Death Grips to insanity.


Mike Reed's People, Places and Things.

Read Tracing The Evolution Of Lost Chicago Jazz

June 5, 2012 – Mike Reed's quartet People, Places and Things spotlights music written in Chicago in the 1950s.



Listen Zammuto: Beyond The Books, A Restless Imagination

June 5, 2012 – In "Idiom Wind," the former Books member tells the story of a man who needs to get his hands dirty.


Electronic soul artist Jeff Phelps with his synthesizers.

Read 'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days

June 4, 2012 – A new compilation collects electronic R&B gems from the 1970s home-recording explosion.


The Honeydogs.

Listen The Honeydogs: A Retail Solution For Heartbreak

June 4, 2012 – The hook in "Broke It, Buy It" is insidiously catchy enough to ricochet through your head for days.


Andrew Cyrille and Haitian Fascination.

Listen Andrew Cyrille: Haitian Fascination

June 1, 2012 – In "Marinèt," Cyrille and Frisner Augustin collaborate on a breezy but intense Haitian folk tune.


Read Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes

May 31, 2012 – Gardot captures the sensibility that guides, shapes and defines so much Brazilian music.


In Trance.

Listen In Trance 95: The Old New Wave

May 31, 2012 – "Presidente," as reissued on a "minimal wave" compilation, sounds both dated and futuristic.



Listen BADBADNOTGOOD: A Moody Jazz-Hop Think Piece

May 30, 2012 – The jazz trio may be controversial, but it carries on a rich tradition of reinvention in "UWM."


Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten's War Requiem was written for the church's reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by Nazi bombers.

Read Britten's War Requiem: 50 Years On, Still As Harrowing As Ever

May 29, 2012 – A stellar new recording from the London Symphony Orchestra of a poignant and timely work.

Diamond Rugs.

Read Diamond Rugs: Carefully Constructed Drinking Songs

June 1, 2012 – Diamond Rugs is a supergroup with musicians from Deer Tick, Los Lobos and Dead Confederate.


Left to right: Masabumi Kikuchi, Thomas Morgan, Paul Motian.

Read Anti-Virtuoso Piano, Delicate And Despoiled

May 29, 2012 – Masabumi Kikuchi's fully improvised album Sunrise features late, like-minded drummer Paul Motian.



Listen K-Holes: A Grimy Smear Of Rock 'n' Roll

May 29, 2012 – In the frayed, exhausted "Child," K-Holes' members wield their own unique sort of holler.


Big K.R.I.T.

Read Big K.R.I.T.: Big Heart, Thick Drawl

May 25, 2012 – Female-soul backup and defiant pride are also part of the Mississippi rapper's appeal.


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