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‘I’m Not Going To Be Broken’: Mary J. Blige On ‘Strength Of A Woman’

“It’s a responsibility being Mary J. Blige,” the singer says. She speaks with NPR’s Rachel Martin about finding catharsis through music — and says that even she works out to her songs.

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Brickbat: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

CalendarIn Great Britain, patients are supposed to wait no more than two weeks to see a cancer specialist after being referred by their doctor. But the National Health Service reports more than 100,000 people waited more than two weeks last year, and more than 25,000 had to wait more than 62 days, the official target, to actually start cancer treatment.

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First Listen: Juana Molina, ‘Halo’

On the Argentine singer’s new album, she’s reached a zen place where the very texture of a tone becomes its own language.

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First Listen: Artists Cover Brandi Carlile’s ‘The Story’

Adele, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers, Dolly Parton and 10 more beloved musicians cover songs from Carlile’s revered album, The Story.

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First Listen: Will Oldham Pays Tribute To Merle Haggard

Will Oldham and his band pay tribute to Merle Haggard by reaching across the country legend’s discography to paint a vivid, chronology-busting, album-length portrait.

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First Listen: Carl Craig, ‘Versus’

The Detroit techno colossus reimagines his greatest tracks with a concert pianist and a symphony orchestra.

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First Listen: ‘The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda’

Stream a compilation of cosmically scaled, rarely heard sounds from a largely unheralded master.

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First Listen: Joan Shelley, ‘Joan Shelley’

On her fourth solo album, the Kentucky singer-songwriter’s music once again functions as a headache remedy, nerve tonic and comfort food rolled into one.

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