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09:40

'Words & Music' offers 15 demos Lou Reed recorded as a fledgling artist

Reed died in 2013. A new collection, recorded in 1965, captures the earliest-known versions of some of the Velvet Underground's best known songs, including "Heroin" and "Pale Blue Eyes."

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09:34

This reissue proves Roger Miller was more than just a novelty act

Best known for novelty songs like "King of the Road," Miller was also a serious songwriter who wrote ballads for artists such as Ray Price. Miller's '70 album A Trip in the Country is newly available.

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06:41

Loudon Wainwright III goes back to the basics on 'Lifetime Achievement'

The singer-songwriter is known for his intensely autobiographical writing. When Wainwright turned 75 recently, he decided to make an album about trying — and mostly failing — to age gracefully.

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08:17

'Renaissance' places Beyoncé at the very center of pop music right now

The escapist aesthetic of Renaissance is its own kind of statement — Beyoncé's way of asserting the primacy of Black musical forms throughout American pop history.

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09:40

Singer/songwriter beabadoobee expands her sound dramatically on 'Beatopia'

Born in the Philippines and raised in London, Beatrice Kristi Laus takes her stage name from a former Instagram handle. The music on beabadoobee's new album is a blend of timelessness and immediacy.

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08:44

Charming and catchy, Bartees Strange cuts across boundaries on 'Farm to Table'

As a Black artist in the indie-rock space, Strange makes distinctively original music. Where his debut album showcased a highly eclectic performer, his sophomore effort is even more impressive.

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09:00

3 songs prove just how elastic the definition of country music has become

The range of country music is on display in Kane Brown's hit single; a duet by Wynonna Judd and the alt-rocker Waxahatchee; and the title song of Big Time, indie singer-songwriter Angel Olsen's album

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08:49

'Wet Leg' hooks you with their prickly, raunchy way of looking at the world

Last year, a catchy song called "Chaise Longue" became a breakout hit for a duo of 20-something women from the Isle of Wight. Wet Leg's new self titled album is full of more clever entertainment.

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