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If Grief Could Wait

A Swedish ensemble brings together the sounds of Henry Purcell, Nick Drake, and Leonard Cohen.

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Come Sunday

A collaboration between two jazz greats is a testament to musical devotion.

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Legacy of a Legend

A two-disc compilation collects and honors the music of the pianist who married odd time signatures with hit-making melodicism.

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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

A comprehensive new guide to the voices that carried the twentieth century's tune.

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National Ransom

The latest from the style-shuffling artist looks to the music of hard times past to sing the blues for the present.

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Amore

A delightfully personal look at the era when Italian voices defined American popular music.

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Dream Attic

The fabled songwriter and guitarist uses live performances to launch a bracing new set of compositions.

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High Violet

The intricate anxieties of twenty-first century adulthood provide the theme for The National's new record. Read more...

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When that Rough God Goes Riding

Greil Marcus on the elusive trail of Van Morrison's musical genius. Read more...

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New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh

The new record from an innovative songwriter and performer resists the boundaries of song. Read more...

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Girl Power

A veteran of the riot grrl scene looks back on a short-lived, but groundbreaking musical movement. Read more...

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Zoot Sims in the Jazz Loft

A horn player lost between eras, found again in a glorious new work of photography. Read more...

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).