First Listen: Dam-Funk, 'Invite The Light'

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The man born Damon Riddick makes an epic 20-song album that draws on the entire history of funk. Six years in the making, Invite The Light has a sound that's almost impossible to pin down.

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First Listen: Joan Shelley, 'Over And Even'

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Songs on the Kentucky folk singer's second album sound ancient and true, even on first hearing.

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First Listen: Cécile McLorin Salvant, 'For One To Love'

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Salvant explores the quaint art of jazz singing, but with her own aesthetic idiosyncrasies intact. Her toolbox contains anywhere from a rich, husky voice to one that tiptoes theatrically, girlishly.

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First Listen: The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily'

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In his new band, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach plays immersive, funky R&B and soul that's embellished with velvety harmonies, hissy tape recordings and lip-curling attitude.

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First Listen: Diane Coffee, 'Everybody's A Good Dog'

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Foxygen's Shaun Fleming aspires to a '70s ideal that rolls up sugarcoated bubblegum glam, soul balladry, Francophone pop and echoes of the Brill Building.

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First Listen: Anna Thorvaldsdottír, 'In The Light Of Air'

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With flashes of lyricism, a young composer excels at weaving sound textures together to create distinct atmospheres. Hear the album, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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First Listen: Lou Barlow, 'Brace The Wave'

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Brace The Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.

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Review: Destroyer, 'Poison Season'

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On his 10th album as Destroyer, Dan Bejar keeps mining discarded sounds and reclaiming them, recalling everyone from Harry Nilsson to Clarence Clemons.

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Review: Beach House, 'Depression Cherry'

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On its fifth album, the Baltimore duo still finds a way to settle jangled nerves and transport listeners to a warmer, softer, easier place.

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Review: Maddie & Tae, 'Start Here'

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With a sound rooted in rich vocal harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, the young country-pop duo explores a sense of living in between childhood and the next thing.

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Review: Ruby Amanfu, 'Standing Still'

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Amanfu has performed alongside Jack White, among many others. The singer takes another step into the foreground on her first solo album, which showcases her incredible interpretive gifts.

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Review: Yo La Tengo, 'Stuff Like That There'

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Amid two invigorating new songs and three fresh renditions of Yo La Tengo classics, nine wide-ranging covers are performed with varying degrees of sweetness, sadness, silliness and joy.

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Kentucky Clerk's Request For A Stay Is Denied By U.S. Supreme Court

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Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her bid for a stay when the U.S. Supreme Court denied her application.

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Once Migrants Reach Europe, What Rights Are They Entitled To?

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NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Babar Baloch, Central Europe spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, about how Europeans are handling the migrant crisis.

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For Brazil's 1 Percenters, The Land Stays In The Family Forever

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Under a centuries-old law, a small group of families has rights over swaths of land — including some of the country's most valuable areas — collecting taxes and taking a cut of property sales.

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