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First Listen: Sturgill Simpson, ‘A Sailor’s Guide To Earth’

What does the man who said “no” do when everyone around him responds with a “yes”? That’s a question Sturgill Simpson had to ask himself upon embarking on his first recordings after his 2014...
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Music Review: 'Two Friends, One Century of Music,' Caetano Veloso And Gilberto Gil

Tom Moon says simplicity is beauty in the new live album from Brazilian music legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.
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First Listen: Gallant, ‘Ology’

Gallant was not rushed to market. Gallant is the wise, lucky beneficiary of development and time. Or we are. Zebra, the EP that Christopher Gallant released in 2014, was adrift in a...
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Sunflower Bean On World Cafe

The psychedelic Brooklyn band Sunflower Bean is the trio of Jacob Faber on drums, Julia Cumming on vocals and bass, and Nick Kivlen on vocals and guitar. By the summer of 2013, high-school...
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Remembering A Country Legend: Merle Haggard On World Cafe

The world of country music has lost a man who has influenced practically every country artist making music today. The legendary Merle Haggard, born in 1937, died Wednesday morning on his 79th...
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Judge Dismisses Kesha's Hate-Crime Claims Against Producer Dr. Luke

The pop star said the producer sexually and emotionally abused her. In addition to the hate-crime claim, the judge also dismissed the human rights claim brought by Kesha.
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Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies At 79

Outlaw, "Okie from Muskogee," poet of working-class values and a fixture in country music for 50 years, Merle Haggard died Wednesday, April 6, his 79th birthday.
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Robbie Fulks Sings His Way Home In 'Upland Stories'

The raucous singer turns thoughtful on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls Upland Stories a "marvelous mongrel mixture" of bluegrass banjo-picking, honky-tonk pedal steel and stark folk phrasings.
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D.C. Hardcore Is Funny, Or At Least The Hard Times Thinks So

Any dead-serious subculture becomes ripe for satire at some point, and if the success of The Hard Times is any indication, hardcore punk was long overdue for derision. And the punks themselves, it...

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Music Review: 'The Revival,' Cory Henry

Cory Henry is a Grammy award-winning keyboardist. But on his latest live album, The Revival, he returns to his roots and plays the Hammond B-3 Organ — an instrument he learned to play when he was only 2 years old. Music commentator Michelle Mercer says Henry's personality is a match for the 400 pound instrument.

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