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The Nashville singer writes with acidic wit in lines worthy of his old mentor, Shel Silverstein.

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This week we hear from some of our favorite veteran artists and a few incredible newcomers, including Modest Mouse's first new album in eight years and the psychedelic rock group Sunflower Bean.

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Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

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The Australian band's playful, psychedelic glam-rock is powered by Tame Impala drummer Jay Watson.

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Frank Ocean's cover of The Isley Brothers' "At Your Best (You Are Love)" shows how the singer is re-imagining R&B for the future by exploding stereotypes about gender.

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