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Once part of Digable Planets, Ishmael Butler continues to be a hip-hop innovator with Shabazz Palaces. He stays connected to new music through his son Jazz, who records as Lil Tracy. Patrick O'Brien Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler, Musical Innovation Is A Family Legacy

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Fiona Apple. Her long-awaited — and monumental — new album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, tops our shortlist of the best releases out on April 17. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On April 17

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Marty Stuart's "Time Don't Wait" is a favorite at The Current in St. Paul, Minn. Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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Shabazz Palaces' new record, Lese Majesty, comes out July 29. Patrick O'Brien-Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Unlocking The Eclectic: A Conversation With Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler

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Clockwise from upper left: Weezer, Sufjan Stevens, Lia Ices, Lucinda Williams, Shabazz Palaces Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Weezer, Lucinda Williams, Sufjan Stevens, More

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Shabazz Palaces' new album, Lese Majesty, comes out July 29. Patrick O'Brien-Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Pesky Relatives, A Musical Gift Guide

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Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction (from left to right, Ishmael Butler, Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons) outside Caffe Vita in Capitol Hill. Kyle Johnson for NPR hide caption

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Swerve... the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

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