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For decades, Carlos Varela has doled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.

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The new video from this Nashville by-way-of California songwriter is full of 1970s folk-rock mythology.

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Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what's making us happy this week.

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Barnett just released her first full album called Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Critic Ken Tucker says she somehow manages to infuse with a freshness rare in any songwriter.

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The multi-talented musician performs her solo material on stage in West Virginia.

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