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Held every four years, the Van Cliburn competition holds the most extensive audition of any international contest, so the stakes are high.

Among Pianists In Moscow, An Abiding Love For A Show-Stealing American
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Chicano Batman has always exuded soulfulness, but 'Freedom Is Free' is more deliberate and expansive with its '60s and '70s R&B influences.

First Listen: Chicano Batman, 'Freedom Is Free'
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Strfkr's latest is a wild heist that ends with our heroes hauled away in handcuffs.

First Watch: STRFKR's Video For 'In The End' Honors John Waters, In Law-Breaking Drag
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Beneath Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's bright track lies a rich message of empowerment for survivors of sexual violence.

First Watch: Thao's 'Meticulous Bird,' A Hammering Beat With A Powerful Message
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Nearly 70 years ago, Woody Guthrie wrote a song about 28 Mexican laborers who came to work in the U.S., but died in a plane crash while they were being repatriated back to Mexico.

Inspired by that song, a California author has written a book about these individual men and women's journeys – all of whom came north legally, but never made it back home.

'All They Will Call You': A Writer Gives Woody Guthrie's 'Deportees' Their Names Back
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Beyoncé's performance would've been first time a woman headlined the festival since Björk did so in 2007.

Beyonce Cancels On Coachella, Planning To Return In 2018
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No need for a celebrity guest list: On 'So It Is,' Preservation Hall Jazz Band shines with Afrobeat grooves and percussive heat.

Listen: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Doubles Down On Afro-Cuban Connection
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Real musicians living and working in LA dish about what La La Land gets right – and so, so wrong – about jazz.

A Jazz Fact Check Of 'La La Land'
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For "Midnight Oil," Holly Miranda enlisted a chorus of stars, including TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone and Saturday Night Live's Sasheer Zamata.

Holly Miranda, Ani DiFranco Release Standing Rock Protest Song
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With 'Uyai,' Ibibio Sound Machine strengthens and deepens its London club, Nigerian funk pop cross-cultural alchemy.

First Listen: Ibibio Sound Machine, 'Uyai'
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Jason Eady's "Barabbas" gives the shadowy figure from Christ's crucifixion tale a life after his pardon and release.

Jason Eady Narrates The Untold Story Of 'Barabbas'
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Little Big Town's "Night On Our Side" radiates optimism, with its sparkly chorus and call for revolution clearing the darkness.

Little Big Town's 'Night On Our Side' Sees Blue Skies
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On John Talabot and Axel Boman's first record together, tracks take one strange turn after another, ending in places quite different from where they began.

First Listen: Talaboman, 'The Night Land'
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Stream the new album by Blanck Mass (Benjamin John Power of F Buttons).

First Listen: Blanck Mass, 'World Eater'
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Hear tracks that form the bedrock of ThistleRadio, the 'round-the-clock Celtic roots station.

The Thistle & Shamrock: ThistleRadio
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Agnes Obel named her latest record, 'Citizen Of Glass,' after the German term, gläserner mensch, for when an individual in a state has lost all privacy.

Agnes Obel On World Cafe
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Robert Ellis' "Elephant" is a litany of questions on love's complications; his performance from 30A Songwriters Festival only accentuates its intensity.

Watch Robert Ellis Perform 'Elephant' Live For Folk Alley
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Before the Sex Pistols changed the rock landscape, Steve Jones was a sticky-fingered punk who stole everything, even David Bowie's gear.

Sex Pistols' Steve Jones On World Cafe
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Meet I Draw Slow, Ireland's answer to Americana.

I Draw Slow On Mountain Stage