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On her debut album, the hit-making R&B and pop songwriter is all about brutal, fearless honesty. Taken as a whole, BEcoming feels like a powerful and necessary purge.

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The Athens, Ala., native's pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts are a perfect fit within the classic soul settings he creates with producer Dave Cobb.

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"Sparks" has that familiar dreamy Beach House beauty, but with an element of chaos in the mix. "It's that moment when music and words become feeling," says singer Victoria Legrand.

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As a producer of original songs, DJ Koze owns minimal techno's wildest imagination, but his remixes and curveball-laden DJ mixes, like the recent DJ-Kicks mix, reveal just as much about his style.

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As the Dead's Fare Thee Well Tour comes to a close, World Cafe talks with David Browne, the author of a new book on the legendary band.

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