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In a new sci-fi book, musician Janelle Monáe expands on themes from her Grammy-nominated album Dirty Computer to tell stories about a community of individuals whose identities are being erased. Jheyda McGarrell hide caption

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Janelle Monáe's 'Dirty Computer' comes alive in a new collection of stories

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Alabama Shakes (by Autumn de Wilde), Lizzo (by John Vettese/WXPN), Courtney Barnett (by Milk! Records), Ray Lamontagne (by WXPN) Autumn de Wilde hide caption

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"How Many More Times?"

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Frank Ocean's song "Nights" is on Gerrick D. Kennedy's Pride playlist, which includes songs he says "remind me to stand in my power as a Black queer man in America." Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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Janelle Monae attends the Hollywood premiere of Black Panther in January 2018. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images hide caption

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Janelle Monáe On Her Dirty, World-Dominating Year

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Pussy Riot's performance at SXSW — one of Ann Powers' favorite concert experiences of 2018 — felt like an occupation of the senses. Hutton Supancic/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Childish Gambino (left) performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Rosalía speaks onstage during the 19th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. Janelle Monae performs in Los Angeles in June and Kacey Musgraves performs at the 2018 Stagecoach Festival in April. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia; David Becker/Getty Images for LARAS; Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Stagecoach hide caption

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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2018

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Beyoncé performs onstage during Coachella on April 14, 2018. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer is on our short list of the best new albums out on April 27. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: April 27

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