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There's lighthearted, almost childlike beauty in the way Gabrielle Smith puts words to song. Here, she performs a few of Bob Boilen's favorite songs of 2015.

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On two consecutive nights in September, we're bringing Beirut and The Arcs to stages in New York City to play songs from their new albums, and you can win tickets.

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The New Orleans rapper joins forces with fellow Big Easy native Chase N. Cashe to create a moody cinematic track.

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New music from Joy Orbison, one of the leading lights of the U.K. garage and house revivals, plus more dance tracks for the waning days of summer in our monthly mix.

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When you have a hit like "Call Me Maybe," there's no escaping the pressure to follow strong. Jepsen says the moody shimmer of her new LP, Emotion, emerged only after she'd written more than 200 songs.

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