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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...

April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.