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On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.

Phosphorescent On World Cafe

Singer Matthew Houck shares intimate, country-tinged songs from his band's latest album, Muchacho.

Natalie Maines: A Country-Music Rebel Rocks On Her Own

On Mother, Maines' first solo record, the singer moves beyond the music that propelled her to fame as a member of the Dixie Chicks. It features an assortment of pop and rock covers, including a reworking of the Pink Floyd song that lends the album its title.

Pistol Annies: Plain Truths, Sharp Humor, Three-Part Harmony

The latest album from the trio of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe unites three distinct perspectives from some of the strongest voices in country music.

Hey Marseilles On World Cafe

The Seattle chamber-pop band plays agreeably hooky songs from its new album, Lines We Trace.

Singer Lauryn Hill Sentenced To Three Months For Tax Evasion

The R&B and hip hop artist was sentenced for failing to pay taxes on about $1.8 million in earnings.

Caitlin Rose: A Singer Grounded In The Details Of Yearning

Dubbed a country singer by virtue of her Nashville base, Rose sounds more like a pop vocalist on The Stand-In. Drawing inspiration from Roy Orbison, Carlene Carter and countless others, Rose knows it takes an assured performer to sell the notion of vulnerability over the long haul.