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A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

A new anthology from the Putumayo label celebrates the variations in African blues. Critic Milo Miles says the collection is delicate, airy and strong all the way through.
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Marvin Sapp: Surviving Loss, 'Keeping It Moving'

The gospel music star lost his wife to cancer in 2010. His new album, I Win, is a tribute to her.
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'Canada's Sweetheart' Builds On American Standards

"If somebody doesn't start writing more songs in the tradition of that great songbook, what's going to happen?" singer-songwriter Jill Barber asks. "They're just going to get older and older and dustier."
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Carrie Underwood: Country's 'Good Girl' Goes Dark

The American Idol winner is now a superstar, tied with Reba McEntire for the most No. 1 singles by a female country artist. Her fourth album, Blown Away, is a little stormier than her previous work.
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World Party's Karl Wallinger On World Cafe

Hear the venerated Welsh singer-songwriter perform songs from his new box set, titled Arkeology.
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Marooned In L.A. For A Week, Coachella Bands Make Do

Playing in the massive music festival, which now spans two identical weekends, means agreeing not to book local shows in the intervening week.

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