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Laura Mvula's debut album is called Sing to the Moon.

Watch Laura Mvula: A Soulful Voice That Once Answered Phones

May 19, 2013 – Less than two years ago, she was a receptionist. Now, she's touring the U.S. with her debut album.

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Bobby McFerrin's new album is titled Spirityouall.

Watch Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

May 17, 2013 – Spirityouall, a collection of old and original spirituals, was influenced by the singer's father.

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Sam Amidon's new album is titled Bright Sunny South.

Read Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

May 17, 2013 – Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."

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Vampire Weekend's third album is titled Modern Vampires of the City. Singer Ezra Koenig (far left) says he sees it as the closing chapter of a trilogy.

Watch Vampire Weekend: New Sounds Signal The End Of An Era

May 14, 2013 – Singer Ezra Koenig says the band's new Modern Vampires of the City is the final part of a trilogy.

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Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak.

Read Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

May 12, 2013 – Rudresh Mahanthappa blends Indian and Western styles, and still makes it rock.

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LL Cool J's latest album is called Authentic.

Read LL Cool J On 'Accidental Racist' And Authenticity

May 11, 2013 – "The last thing that I want to do is be a hack," says the rapper and actor.

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Swedish-born guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has released more than two dozen albums.

Read Yngwie Malmsteen: 'I've Always Been A Little Bit Of An Extremist'

May 11, 2013 – The king of neoclassical shred guitar on being a family man and growing up on Bach and Hendrix.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan star in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby — but the new film's music is so bold it may as well be a character, too.

Watch 'It Led Us On A Journey': The Musical World Of 'The Great Gatsby'

May 10, 2013 – Between the Jazz Age and the hip-hop era, says music supervisor Anton Monsted, is a sliding door.

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The cover image of Dur-Dur band's Volume 5.

Read A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History

May 5, 2013 – A decades-old recording by a Somali dance band has caught the attention of critics.

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Mother is the solo debut of Natalie Maines, former Dixie Chicks frontwoman.

Read Natalie Maines On Motherhood, Eddie Vedder And Leaving Country Music

May 2, 2013 – The Dixie Chicks' outspoken frontwoman takes more chances with her solo debut, Mother.

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Iggy & The Stooges just released a new album, Ready to Die.

Read Iggy Pop: 'What Happens When People Disappear'

May 2, 2013 – The Stooges frontman discusses living life over the edge and ways to "become a part of yesterday."

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Vampire Weekend in New York City: (from left) Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Ezra Koenig.

Watch Vampire Weekend On The Secrets Of Its New Album

May 1, 2013 – In an interview, the band talks about the long process of making Modern Vampires of The City.

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John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks have returned with their first new music as Fleetwood Mac in a decade.

Watch Mick Fleetwood On Fleetwood Mac: 'It Would Make A Great Play'

May 1, 2013 – Stream the band's new EP, and hear the drummer and founding member's thoughts on longevity.

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Roc Marciano.

Watch 'The Talent Comes First': Roc Marciano Takes An A&R Gig

April 30, 2013 – The New York rapper on his new role, Lil B's brilliance and doing business with good people.

John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day.

Read Meet The Man Who Assembles The World's Biggest Jazz Concert

April 30, 2013 – Pianist John Beasley isn't a household name, but he directs many of them for International Jazz Day.

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The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

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The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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