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The Avett Brothers: Matters Of Life And Death

The band follows its 2009 breakthrough album with The Carpenter, a set of songs about death and mortality — themes that have dominated the members' lives of late.

Chilly Gonzales: Pianist, Rapper, Provocateur

There's little Gonzales is afraid to try: He's worked with Drake, soundtracked the launch of the iPad and broken the world record for longest solo piano performance. His latest album applies a modern pop approach to a classical form.

Sean Rowe: An Outdoorsman Enters Civilization

After years spent playing bars, roadhouses and more bars, Rowe has become a favorite with critics for his dense story-songs and doleful baritone.

A Roving Percussionist On The Big Easy's Busy Streets

Clyde Casey has been performing in New Orleans for 40 years. His instrument of choice is a giant mobile contraption of his own making.

Selah Sue: From Online Stardom To A Stage With Prince

The young Belgian singer-songwriter came to music late, but quickly grabbed the attention of producers and singers such as Meshell Ndegeocello and Cee-Lo Green. Here, she performs selections from her self-titled debut.