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Amy Lee and her band, Evanescence, have released their first new album of original material in almost a decade. Shore Fire Media hide caption

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Amy Lee, Co-Founder Of Evanescence, Is Ready To Tell Her 'Bitter Truth'

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Grace Potter's Daylight was a nominee for Best Rock Album in this year's 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Pamela Neal/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Grace Potter On 'Daylight' And Grammy Nominations: 'I Do Belong Here'

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The relief money that's going toward Mississippi child care will serve 80% of children who qualify for support, up from 28%, says Carol Burnett, head of the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative. MHJ/Getty Images hide caption

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Relief Money Could More Than Double Support For Child Care Needs In Mississippi

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On his solo album Mirla, Bomba Estereo's Simón Mejía saw his growing archive of nature sounds turn into raw material for electronic beats. Daniela Vesco/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bomba Estereo's Simón Mejía Taps A Symphony Of Nature Sounds

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Patrick Ellis worked at Howard University radio station for over 40 years. "He would play music that touched him," says one colleague. "He would play music that he knew touched his audience." WHUR hide caption

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Remembering Radio Host Patrick Ellis, Who Brought The 'Gospel Spirit' To D.C.

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Jake Blount, a 24-year-old banjoist and fiddler, is one of the people in the traditional music community working to educate others on the genre's Black roots. Michelle Lotker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Breaking Down The Legacy Of Race In Traditional Music In America

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From L to R: Danielle, Alana and Este Haim. Reto Schmid/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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HAIM's Sunny Sound Gets Somber On 'Women In Music Pt. III'

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For sister R&B duo of Chloe and Halle Bailey, creative control is paramount. They co-wrote all of their new album's 13 tracks, and Chloe herself helped produced 10. Robin Harper/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chloe x Halle On Releasing Their New Album During America's 'Ungodly Hour'

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How Nashville's HBCU-Owned Jazz Station Holds A Community Together

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After recording as "Kidepo," Jonah Mutono's switch to his real name coincided with his decision to come out. His debut album GERG is about reconciling that identity with his Ugandan upbringing. Forest Aragon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On His Debut Album, Jonah Mutono Embraces His Identity And His Name

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The indie pop duo Buscabulla moved back to Puerto Rico from New York after the island was devastated by hurricanes in 2017. The experience inspired a new album and documentary, both called Regresa. Mara Corsino/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Buscabulla On 'Regresa,' A Debut Album About Returning To A Devastated Home

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Kandace Springs' latest album consists of covers of the women in jazz she idolized growing up. "It's a tribute record to give back to what they've inspired me to do as an artist," she says. Robby Klein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kandace Springs Pays Tribute To 'The Women Who Raised' Her

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For over 50 years, the Legendary Ingramettes were led by Maggie Ingram. Now led by her daughter Almeta Ingram-Miller, the group's new album is called Take A Look in the Book. Pat Jarrett/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Almeta Ingram-Miller On The Ingramettes And The Power Of Gospel During Crisis

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