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Songs Of Summer, From Olivia Rodrigo, Willow And Japanese Breakfast

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Newcomer Samara Joy Makes An Imposing Debut On Her Self-Titled Album

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Posthumously Released Prince Album Speaks To Today's America

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With 'Magnolia Blues,' Adia Victoria Reclaims Her Southern Identity

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COVID Era Produces A New Crop Of Solo Records From Jazz Instrumentalists

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Albums By The Murlocs And King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Explore New Sounds

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Marking The Centennial Of 2 Early Electric Guitarists: George Barnes And Mary Osborne

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3 New Songs Show How Veteran Musicians Keep Things Fresh Over The Long Haul

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Sarah Vaughan's Magnificent Voice Reigns In 'Live At The Berlin Philharmonie'

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Mario Pavone Is As Powerful As Ever On Final Albums 'Blue Vertical' And 'Isabella'

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New Takes On Old Songs In 'Standing In The Doorway' And 'The Waylon Sessions'

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Composer Julius Eastman's music is slowly moving from neglected to championed. Donald Burkhardt hide caption

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Julius Eastman, A Misunderstood Composer, Returns To The Light

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Allison Russell Displays A Bursting Range Of Music On 'Outside Child'

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Shabaka Hutchings' 'Black To The Future' Is A Showcase For Black British Music

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