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Kacey Musgraves: A Millennial Musician Reframes Country

On her major-label debut, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter explores themes steeped in tradition, yet views them through the lens of youth culture.
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Barry Altschul: The Jazz Drummer Makes A Comeback

On his new album, The 3dom Factor, Altschul is great at mixing opposites: abstract melodic concepts with parade beats, open improvising and percolating swing. The album is the sort of comeback that reminds you how much good music the artist made the first time around.
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Billy Bragg On World Cafe

The British singer-songwriter plays songs from his quiet and introspective new album Tooth & Nail, inspired by the collection of Woody Guthrie songs he produced with Wilco in 1998.
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Justin Timberlake Returns To Music With Enthusiasm and 'Experience'

On his first album since 2006, The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake explores his range, from soul-man groove to falsetto croon, taking inspiration from neo-soul and the expansiveness of '60s and '70s rock song formats.
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Musician Brian McKnight Uses 'More Than Words'

Rhythm and Blues musician Brian McKnight has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide. He's earned 16 Grammy nominations and worked on projects with Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige. He's also an actor, father and has an arts education foundation. Host Michel Martin talks to McKnight about his life and new album, More Than Words.
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Kacey Musgraves, Country Music's New 'Golden' Girl

Hailing from the tiny Texas town of Golden, the 24-year-old singer is disarmingly nimble with words. She's already made a splash writing songs for NBC's Nashville; her major label debut, Same Trailer Different Park, is out next week.

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