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What Wild Up unearths on Julius Eastman, Vol. 2: Joy Boy is more than just music, it's a set of relations and modes of comporting in the world that risk trading fleeting, worldly praise to regain the eternal soul. Ron Hammond hide caption

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Renaissance, Beyoncé's seventh full-length solo album, mines a liberating history of dance music, from Donna Summer-sampling disco to modern Chicago house. Carlijn Jacobs/Via Parkwood Entertainment hide caption

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singer, rapper, dancer, flutist, and actress Lizzo. AB+DM hide caption

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Norah Jones in a 2002 portrait to promote Come Away With Me. Lourdes Delgado hide caption

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Norah Jones reflects on 20 years of 'Come Away With Me'

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Composer Carlos Simon's Requiem for the Enslaved, commissioned by Georgetown University, is a reckoning with the school's troubled history. Toko Shiik/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

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For pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, Ukraine war adds urgency to his most personal work

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Angel Olsen's Big Time is on NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out on June 3. Angela Ricciardi hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on June 3

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On Harry's House, Harry Styles' moods shuffle from one bassline to the next; the album feels marked by an uncanny collision of influences. Lillie Eiger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Porridge Radio's new album, Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky, is an intense record in pursuit of uncomfortable truths. Matilda Hill Jenkins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Third Coast Percussion's new album, Perspectives, is the group's most accessible. Saverio Truglia/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Third Coast Percussion's borderless music finds inspiration in fleet-footed beats

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Sharon Van Etten's latest album, We've Been Going About This All Wrong, is tribute to how impossible and necessary it feels to care for each other. Michael Schmelling/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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