1. A new album by R&B’s resident provocateur Kelis is proof she can’t be molded to fit inside one genre.
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    A new album by R&B’s resident provocateur Kelis is proof she can’t be molded to fit inside one genre.

    Stream Food from NPR Music’s First Listen.

    Join us for a live Twitter chat using the hashtag #AskKelisNPR, starting today at 4 p.m. ET, with https://twitter.com/nprandb.

  2. The Detroit band Death spent a chunk of the ’70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.
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    The Detroit band Death spent a chunk of the ’70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.

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  3. Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, The Magnolia Electric Co.) was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who’s ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, My Morning Jacket, Wooden Wand, Catherine Irwin and more tackle 27 of his songs.
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    Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, The Magnolia Electric Co.) was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who’s ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, My Morning Jacket, Wooden Wand, Catherine Irwin and more tackle 27 of his songs.

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  4. On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space, specifically the golden disc aboard Voyager 1. Participants include Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, The Antlers and more.
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    On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space, specifically the golden disc aboard Voyager 1. Participants include Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, The Antlers and more.

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  5. The Soulquarian-influenced singer Jesse Boykins III weaves earthy vocals and new-age production into a dreamy future.
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    The Soulquarian-influenced singer Jesse Boykins III weaves earthy vocals and new-age production into a dreamy future.

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  6. Slint’s 1991 classic album deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.
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    Slint’s 1991 classic album deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.

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  7. Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo.
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    Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo.

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  8. The Afghan Whigs' first album in 16 years chronicles Greg Dulli's tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it.
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    The Afghan Whigs' first album in 16 years chronicles Greg Dulli's tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it.

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  9. While many of Ratking’s contemporaries (Joey Bada$$ or A$AP Nast, for example) are concerned with “bringing New York back” aesthetically if not sonically, Ratking is more interested in moving things forward.
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    While many of Ratking’s contemporaries (Joey Bada$$ or A$AP Nast, for example) are concerned with “bringing New York back” aesthetically if not sonically, Ratking is more interested in moving things forward.

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  10. The Norwegian DJ and songwriter Todd Terje, known for his singles, crafts a cohesive album that builds to near-perfection. Even the pessimists can find escape in his nostalgic, hopeful music.
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    The Norwegian DJ and songwriter Todd Terje, known for his singles, crafts a cohesive album that builds to near-perfection. Even the pessimists can find escape in his nostalgic, hopeful music.

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