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Rapsody's album Please Don't Cry functions as a reintroduction to the rapper — long defined by her technique, now revealing some of the real person behind that prowess. Jhalin Knowles/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mask off: When rappers bust their own myths

Rapsody and Mach-Hommy, two rap technicians long defined by their skill above all, shake off that armor on a pair of striking new albums that demonstrate wildly different kinds of vulnerability.

Maggie Rogers says her new album, Don't Forget Me, is modeled on a Sunday afternoon driving record. Maddy Rotman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Maggie Rogers says her new album, Don't Forget Me, is modeled on a Sunday afternoon driving record.

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Maggie Rogers takes a nostalgic Southwest road trip with 'Don't Forget Me'

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In 2021, burnt out from the intensity of her early career, Rogers considered quitting music entirely. Instead, she took a detour — to Harvard Divinity School.

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American violist David Aaron Carpenter plays the "Macdonald" Stradivarius viola created in 1719 by Antonio Stradivari. Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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American violist David Aaron Carpenter plays the "Macdonald" Stradivarius viola created in 1719 by Antonio Stradivari.

American violist David Aaron Carpenter plays the "Macdonald" Stradivarius viola created in 1719 by Antonio Stradivari.

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Comic book artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Extremity) illustrates the music of Viking's Choice. Horns up! Daniel Warren Johnson hide caption

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Comic book artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Extremity) illustrates the music of Viking's Choice. Horns up!

Comic book artist Daniel Warren Johnson (Murder Falcon, Extremity) illustrates the music of Viking's Choice. Horns up!

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Viking's Choice

A silvery mix featuring Lilly Miller's beautiful folk, Bacchae's punky spunk, Darktrone's rocking doom, Amy Gadiaga's jazz chanson.

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