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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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Raven Chacon's Voiceless Mass has won the Pulitzer Prize for music. Adam Conte/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tomberlin's sophomore album, i don't know who needs to hear this..., is a beautiful patchwork of expansive sounds that explores a wide spectrum of emotions. Michelle Yoon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Since the start of her career, Bonnie Raitt's performance of roadhouse rockers, pop ballads, funky sophistication and plenty else has evidenced a deep understanding of mutuality and its absence. Her new album, Just Like That..., is out April 22. Ken Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The songs made by Wet Leg, fronted by Rhian Teasdale (left) and Hester Chambers sound like they come from nowhere, and also everywhere. Hollie Fernando/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jon Batiste (center) performs at the 64th annual Grammy Awards on April 3, 2022. Batiste was nominated in 11 categories and took home five prizes, including album of the year. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images hide caption

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Abigail Barlow (left) and Emily Bear have made magic together and say they found kindred creative spirits. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Barlow & Bear bring musical theater into the TikTok era

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Pianist Ruth Slenczynska, photographed in 2021. At 97, she just released her first record for the Decca label in nearly 60 years. Meredith Truax/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At 97, Pianist Ruth Slenczynska has a new album — and plenty of stories

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"There's been quite a lot of tension between the way I've chosen to do things and the way a major label expects female pop artists to do things," Charli XCX tells NPR. Emily Lipson hide caption

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'I love selling out': Charli XCX on the volatile pop of 'Crash'

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"Ain't no bumpers in life," Jimmie Allen says, as he explains his philosophy on bowling and his career. Larry McCormack for NPR hide caption

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Jimmie Allen put his own spin on country music — and is now reaping the rewards

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Arooj Aftab's heritage and penchant for mysticism come through in her music. Mengwen Cao for NPR hide caption

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Arooj Aftab considers her Grammy nominations a triumph. But they won't define her

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Saweetie has been nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rap Song at this year's Grammy Awards. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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For Saweetie, a Grammy nomination is just the beginning

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Wu-Tang's RZA on Redefining Hip-Hop & Building Generational Wealth

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