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Drake at 106 & Park on Monday.

Watch Drizzy Sings The Blues

September 28, 2013 – Drake's magic is his ability to mix blues confessionalism with a take-it-or-leave it inauthenticity.

Mulatu Astatke is known as the father of "Ethio-jazz." His new album, Sketches of Ethiopia, is a multinational collaboration that mixes many styles but stays true to Astatke's Ethiopian roots.

Read After 40 Years, Mulatu Astatke Still 'Sketches' Ethio-Jazz Deftly

September 26, 2013 – The pioneering composer's signature style is as fresh on his new album as it was 40 years ago.

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The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.

Watch Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

September 26, 2013 – A new compilation collects Shadow Morton's hits for The Shangri-Las, Iron Butterfly and Janis Ian.

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Alastair Moock's new album, Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids, is based on experiences with his daughter Clio, who is in remission from leukemia.

Read For Families In Crisis, A Songwriter Offers Humor And Empathy

September 24, 2013 – After his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia last summer, singer Alastair Moock turned to music.

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Lucy Schwartz.

Watch Lucy Schwartz Is In Love With Her Own Voice, And That's OK

September 24, 2013 – On her new album Timekeeper, the singer-songwriter often sounds like a throwback to another era.

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Robbie Fulks' new album is titled Gone Away Backward.

Read Robbie Fulks: Exhilarating And Bitter On 'Gone Away Backward'

September 19, 2013 – The singer's new album reflects on the pointlessness of crafting anything you care about.

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Long Way Home is British singer Tom Odell's debut.

Watch Tom Odell: A Polarizing New Voice Shows Promise

September 17, 2013 – The fast-rising British musician has drawn both high praise and vicious pans with Long Way Down.

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The 2013 finalists pose with Thelonious Monk Institute officials. Left to right: Godwin Louis, Melissa Aldana, institute honorary co-chair Billy Dee Williams, Tivon Pennicott, chairman T.S. Monk.

Read Educated Guesses At The 2013 Monk Competition

September 16, 2013 – The jazz competition semifinals were a bit predictable in 2013. Is that necessarily a bad thing?

Art Hodes performs at the Ole South in New York City circa 1946.

Read The Masters At His Fingertips, Art Hodes Pays Tribute To Bessie Smith

September 16, 2013 – The jazz pianist's powerful 1976 album I Remember Bessie conveys a profound sense of loss.

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Kiss Land is singer Abel Tesfaye's major-label debut as The Weeknd.

Watch The Weeknd Revels In Raw Emotion On 'Kiss Land'

September 10, 2013 – The producer and singer-songwriter uses his debut album to showcase a haunting perspective on love.

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Bob Dylan in 1970, the year he released his 10th studio album, Self Portrait.

Read Bob Dylan's 'Self Portrait,' Now In Vivid Color

September 10, 2013 – A key to the ongoing allure of Dylan's music lies in its ability to stand apart from its time.

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Duke Ellington, looking dapper in 1958.

Read When Duke Flirted With The Queen

September 9, 2013 – Duke Ellington's piece for Queen Elizabeth II is included in a new collection of late-period suites.

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The Prisonaires, a band formed in a Memphis-area prison, created one of Sun Records' early hits.

Read The Dawn Of Sun Records: 15 Hours Of Blues

September 6, 2013 – A new box set documents the early-'50s beginnings of Sam Phillips' start-up studio in Memphis.

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Superchunk's new album is titled I Hate Music.

Read On Its New Album, Superchunk Makes The Downtrodden Sound Upbeat

September 5, 2013 – The long-running rock band's new album, I Hate Music, mines loss and grief with ferocious guitars.

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Goodie Mob (from left to right, Big Gipp, T-Mo, Cee Lo Green and Khujo) at a Dodgers game the day the group's first album in 14 years was released.

Watch Goodie Mob Puts Crossover Acceptance On The Line

August 29, 2013 – The gift and the curse of the group's album is that Goodie Mob doesn't aspire to be anyone else.

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