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The show's first new music show of 2015 features a fierce new track by Chilean singer Camila Moreno.

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Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what's going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.

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Count on 2015 as the year many will fall in love with Courtney Barnett, the best lyricist in rock. Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, comes out in March.

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Strand Releasing

The coming-of-age drama about a black teenager in a poor Paris suburb takes some unexpected turns, but struggles to define why they progress as they do.

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