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The singer and activist tackles jazz standards, including "Strange Fruit" and others, on her new album. Here, she and NPR's Steve Inskeep discuss how she connects with the present through the past.

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D'Amato's new album The Shipwreck From The Shore can feel Motown-y, garage-y and Springsteen-y, and all that production serves his songs well. But here the Tiny Desk, his music is sparer.

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The pop singer and songwriter sounds more comfortable and assured on her second album, Tough Love. "This life is quite bizarre sometimes," she tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

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The initial triumph of Rips is that nearly every one of its songs is sing-along-catchy, immediately memorable.

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Download two songs from the well-loved Pennsylvania folk trio's new album, Bad Medicine.

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