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'Land of 1000 Dances' Chronicles The History Of Rampart Records Label

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Cecilia Bartoli explores ideas of gender fluidity on her new album, devoted to music written for the great castrato singer Farinelli. Bartoli says that, like him, she's always transforming herself on stage. Uli Weber/Decca hide caption

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Powerful Lungs And Long-Spun Lines: Cecilia Bartoli Conjures Farinelli

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Beck's 14th album, Hyperspace, is out Nov. 22. Mikai Karl/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hear More: Beck On Weekend Edition

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Erroll Garner's 'A Night At The Movies' Reissue Radiates Joy

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DaBaby's Humor-Infused 'Kirk' Is Among 2019's Best Hip-Hop Albums

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Josh Homme's The Desert Sessions brought together an all-star line-up of rock legends to collaborate. Andreas Neumann/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Josh Homme's Rotating Supergroup The Desert Sessions Returns For 'Vols. 11 & 12'

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Reissue Captures Nat King Cole Before He Broke Through To Mainstream

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Gang Starr's 'One Of The Best Yet' Is A Welcome Throwback To An Earlier Rap Era

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Jon Pardi's 'Heartache Medication' Offers A Healthy Dose Of Traditional Country

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Kanye West onstage during his Jesus Is King album and film event at The Forum on Oct. 23, 2019 in Inglewood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ABA hide caption

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Lakou Mizik Explores Haiti's Centuries-Old Connections With New Orleans In 2nd Album

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Indian Percussion Infuses 'Good Hope' With Complex, Crossfire Beats

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