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Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - The Third

Everything old is new again for this sibling trio, whose latest album, produced by the Clash’s Mick Jones, features the deliciously retro sounds of old-school blues, rockabilly and R&B. The group, touring North America this spring, puts a bouncy spin on the murder ballad “Baby Bye Bye” and gets deliriously funky on “Feeling of Wonder.”
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Andy Kim - It’s Decided

An unlikely friendship between the 68-year-old behind pop hits like the Archies’ “Sugar Sugar” and Broken Social Scene’s 38-year-old Kevin Drew has produced a surprisingly fine cross-generational album. Along with a dreamy update of Kim’s “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby,” it features gems like the breezy “Sail On” and the moody “Sister OK.”
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Drake - If You’re Reading This, You’re Too Late

The sensitive rapper toughens up on his latest. “I’ve got enemies,” he admits on “Energy.” Drake then takes shots at his adversaries on dark tracks like “No Tellin’” and “Used To.” But his vulnerability shines through on “You and the 6,” where he confesses that his mother and his hometown of Toronto “raised me right.”
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Giorgio Moroder - "Right Here, Right Now"

“Disco music is alive and well,” said Gloria Gaynor a few years ago. “It simply changed its name to dance music to protect the innocent.” The “I Will Survive” singer was right: the sound of the glitter-ball era never really went away—it just moved into gyms as workout music. Now disco is back. One of last year’s biggest albums was Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories , which featured contributions from disco legends Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder. Rodgers, the front man of Chic, recently announced that his “Le Freak” group will release its first new album in more than 20 years this summer. Moroder, who produced such massive dance hits as Donna Summer’s “Love to Love You, Baby,” is also relea...
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Music Review: Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn

The lead singer from Grammy winners Carolina Chocolate Drops makes a stunning solo debut, giving new life to songs as old as blueswoman Geeshie Wiley’s “Last Kind Words” and gospel legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s “Up Above My Head.” Rhiannon also lends her soulful voice to country classics, covering Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton.
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Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night

He’s unrivalled as a songwriter, but often derided as a singer—which makes this album so curious: the legend lending his craggy pipes to songs associated with Frank Sinatra, one of the greatest vocalists ever. Yet the results are surprisingly affecting, especially on his moving renditions of “What’ll I Do” and “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”
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Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Best known as Amy Winehouse’s producer, the New York-born DJ goes back to his club roots here, teaming up with Bruno Mars on the smash hit “Uptown Funk” and Keyone Starr on “I Can’t Lose.” Other highlights include lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon and the ferocious funk of “Feel Right,” featuring rapper Mystikal.
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