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See young jazz musicians honor their departed elders at a cemetery that's more like a hall of fame.

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On Ghost Notes, its first album in nearly a decade and the first by its original members since 1997, Veruca Salt embraces a throwback sound with obvious joy.

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The witty musician sits in a sweet spot where her charm and humor attract traditional country die-hards and pop fans alike. Ann Powers explores other women in country who paved the path.

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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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