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Remixed Pere Ubu Albums Bring Fresh Intimacy To The Band's Vocals

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Rather than a heroic journey, the story at the center of Blanchard's opera is one of self-discovery, with an assured, tactile specificity which includes a boistrous fraternity step routine that opens Act III. Ken Howard/Met Opera hide caption

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At 91, Clint Eastwood Isn't Slowing Down. 'Cry Macho' Is His Latest Film

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Saxophonist Joel Frahm Proves Himself A Master Storyteller On 'The Bright Side'

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Actor Karen Black Shines As A Singer/Songwriter On 'Dreaming of You'

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Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson sets the music of Mozart amid his peers to offer a fresh take on the master composer. Ari Magg/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Víkingur Ólafsson Wants To Change Your Mind About Mozart

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Kanye West is seen at a Donda listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music hide caption

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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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