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Mayer Hawthorne.

Listen Mayer Hawthorne On World Cafe WXPN

October 25, 2013 – The retro-soul singer revisits the World Cafe for this week's Sense of Place: Detroit feature. WXPN

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Dennis Coffey.

Listen Dennis Coffey On World Cafe WXPN

October 23, 2013 – The guitarist talks about being a Detroit musician, then and now, in this Sense of Place feature. WXPN

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TLC's Chilli and T-Boz attend the New York premiere of CrazySexyCool on Oct. 15, 2013.

Watch TLC: A Girl Group's 20 Years Of Ups And Downs

October 21, 2013 – The surviving members talk with NPR's David Greene about the trials and successes of their careers.

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The Poets of Rhythm were a group of young retro-soul musicians from Germany. An anthology of their work was recently released.

Watch The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

October 18, 2013 – Oliver Wang reviews a new anthology of music from the Munich-based, 1990s retro-soul musicians.

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D'Angelo in his video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," right, and Brendon Urie, in Panic! at the Disco's video for "Girls/Girls/Boys."

Watch Still-Unanswered Questions In 'Untitled' Video Remake

October 18, 2013 – An imitation of D'Angelo's 2000 clip cannily inserts race into a song about bisexuality.

I'll Find a Way is the latest album in The Blind Boys of Alabama's seven-decade run. Left to right: Ricky McKinnie, Paul Beasley, Jimmy Carter, Ben Moore, Joey Williams.

Watch Gospel's Blind Boys Meet Changing Times With Open Minds

October 2, 2013 – Through Jim Crow and the civil rights movement, The Blind Boys of Alabama have kept on singing.

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James Ingram.

Listen James Ingram On 'Song Travels'

September 13, 2013 – The co-writer behind hits like "P.Y.T." and "Somewhere Out There" shares his journey.

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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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Janelle Monáe's new album, The Electric Lady, features collaborations with Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding.

Watch 'Electric Lady' Janelle Monae On Creating The Unheard

September 7, 2013 – The singer discusses her new album, which features appearances from Erykah Badu, Miguel and Prince.

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Willis Earl Beal's new album, Nobody knows., comes out Sept. 10.

Read First Listen: Willis Earl Beal, 'Nobody knows.'

September 1, 2013 – The singer's second album fans out into a deft mix of spare blues confessionals and classic soul.

Robin Thicke on the cover of Blurred Lines.

Read Robin Thicke: Smirky But Sincere On 'Blurred Lines'

August 22, 2013 – Listen and look past his roué image, and the chart-topper is revealed as an earnest nostalgist.

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Record producer Huey Meaux wound up in jail twice, but he sure had a knack for finding talent in unlikely places. Some of those songs are included on South Texas Rhythm 'n' Soul Revue.

Read 'South Texas' Collects Producer's Checkered Career

August 12, 2013 – Huey Meaux wound up in jail twice, but he sure had a knack for finding talent in unlikely places.

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Valerie Simpson.

Listen Valerie Simpson On 'Song Travels'

July 19, 2013 – One of the architects of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" joins host Michael Feinstein.

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Ron Isley

Read For R&B's Ron Isley, Music Is 'Just Like Magic'

July 16, 2013 – Ron Isley began as one of the Isley Brothers, recording hits like "Shout" before his solo career.

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