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Beyoncé's Cowboy Carter has ignited discourse about the place of Black musicians in country music. But it's also evidence of its creator's desire to break genre walls by following her most eccentric impulses. Mason Poole/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Boots with the spurs: 'Cowboy Carter' and the need for validation

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Cellist Maya Beiser has reimagined Terry Riley's pioneering work In C, which helped launch the style of music called minimalism. Boyang Hu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cellist Maya Beiser's variation on a minimalist manifesto

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MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) and Trippie Redd at the March 21 listening party for their collaborative EP, genre : sadboy, at Harriet's Rooftop in West Hollywood. Christopher Polk/Billboard via Getty Images hide caption

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Tierra Whack springs to the forefront of hip-hop creativity on a new album

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Composer Julia Perry, photographed in Florence, Italy, in 1957 after she won her second Guggenheim fellowship. David Lees/Getty Images hide caption

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Rediscovering the rigor of composers Julia Perry and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson

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Inside Long Island's UBS Arena on Feb. 9, Ye commands the crowd at a massive listening event for Vultures 1. His new collab with Ty Dolla $ign is now a No. 1. album. Jason Martinez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The new album of music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is a warm blanket of comfort in troubled times. Luciano Rossetti/ECM Records hide caption

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A disciplined plea for peace – and quiet – from composer Arvo Pärt

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The Beatles, pictured here in 1969, just released what's been billed as the band's final song. Bruce McBroom/© Apple Corps Ltd. hide caption

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The Beatles' 'Now and Then' is a wistful curiosity, 45 years in the making

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Bad Bunny performs during the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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On Doja Cat's fourth album, Scarlet, she delights in playing the "demon" her haters and fans accuse her of being. Illustration by Jackie Lay hide caption

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On 'Scarlet,' Doja Cat finds power harnessing the darkness of online vitriol

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Olivia Rodrigo returns with her sophomore album Guts. Nick Walker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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London-based company Nothing markets its Nothing Phone 2 as a less distracting smartphone. courtesy of Nothing hide caption

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Tiny Tech Tips: From iPhone to Nothing Phone

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NewJeans released a new EP titled Get Up earlier this summer. ADOR hide caption

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Before (left to right) Justin Vernon, Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook and Brad Cook started Bon Iver and Megafaun, they made music together as DeYarmond Edison. D.L. Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Wayne Shorter performs during the Marciac Jazz festival in southern France in 2005. Two recent tribute projects each aim to capture the wandering spirit of the late saxophonist. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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