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Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Read Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories

June 13, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album was written around "a theme of perseverance through hard times."

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Fame Studio

Read Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

June 12, 2013 – Ace Records has a new CD of demos from songwriter Dan Penn, who's crafted dozens of soul classics.

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The Creole Choir of Cuba's latest album, Santiman, has a satisfying flow from celebration to solemnity.

Read The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'

June 10, 2013 – On its newest album, Santiman, the choir sings songs in tribute to its Haitian ancestors.

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Barbara Mason had had one minor hit on Arctic by the time "Yes I'm Ready" came out in March 1965, and hit the Top 10 on both the R&B and pop charts.

Read Arctic Records: Drafting A Blueprint For The Philly Sound

June 10, 2013 – The influential Philly label has just released a set of CDs covering all 60 of its single releases.

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Paul Spring's first album of family music draws from his own childhood, as well as that of Mark Twain.

Read Peter Pan And Don Quixote Find The 'Home Of Song'

June 6, 2013 – Paul Spring's first album of family music draws from his own childhood, as well as Mark Twain's.

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Jason Isbell's latest album, Southeastern, is personal and intimate.

Read Jason Isbell: Literary, But Keeping An Edge On 'Southeastern'

June 6, 2013 – Isbell left Drive-By Truckers partly due to the alcohol abuse he describes on his new album.

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Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information was first released nearly 40 years ago.

Read Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'

June 4, 2013 – New generations continue to discover the reclusive soul singer-guitarist's most acclaimed album.

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Soprano Natalie Dessay, with tenor Charles Castonovo, in Philippe Béziat's documentary Becoming Traviata.

Watch 'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

June 4, 2013 – For a film built from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama.

Tartit performs at the Festival au Desert.

Read Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War

May 30, 2013 – A new recording from the most recent festival helps fans experience an event canceled by conflict.

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Darius Rucker's new album is titled True Believers.

Watch Darius Rucker: Busted Hearts And Pickup Trucks

May 28, 2013 – Rucker is a rock star, but on his new album, you hear the guy who still loves South Carolina.

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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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