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Good Music Is The Best Revenge On Waxahatchee's 'Out In The Storm'

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Katie Crutchfield, who performs under the name Waxahatchee, releases energy and emotion with pinpoint precision on her new album. Critic Ken Tucker has a review.

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Seeing John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps'

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John Coltrane's Giant Steps is a great piece of American music, says blogger Adam Frank. In this video, musician and artist Michal Levy uses spatial metaphors to represent the song's symmetries.

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Did I Get James Baldwin Wrong?

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The new film I Am Not Your Negro paints a picture of the prophetic writer's racial outlook that challenges the feeling of hope I once found in his words.

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The Shins: Tiny Desk Concert

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James Mercer, the emotional and creative heart of The Shins, gives a moving performance at the Tiny Desk, with two new songs and a classic from the band's 2003 album Chutes Too Narrow.

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If Thoreau Were Alive, He'd Be 'Shouting From The Rafters,' Biographer Says

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Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, was born 200 years ago in 1817. Biographer Kevin Dann says the philosopher's ideas about individual sovereignty remain relevant today.

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

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The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.

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Review: Daphni, 'Fabriclive 93'

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The new album from Caribou's Dan Snaith is a continuous mix consisting entirely of brand new music and exclusive remixes.

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Happy Birthday To Henry David Thoreau

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Writer Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago today. He lived quietly by a pond, except when he went to jail. He was arrested for refusing to pay taxes due to his opposition to a war.

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How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And 'The Big Sick'

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Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story.

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Songs We Love: The Isley Brothers & Carlos Santana, 'Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)'

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As Santana turns 70, he's still spreading the message that music has the power to heal. With The Isley Brothers, he taps into the peaceful spirit of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)."

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It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea

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Pinkies up, Janeites! We mark the bicentennial of Austen's death with a look at her relationship with a beloved cuppa.

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Jorge Drexler's 'Telefonía' Celebrates Long-Distance Love

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The Uruguayan Renaissance man's latest single is a brainy, melodic rumination on love and technology.

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Dave Chappelle On Comedy And Politics In The Age Of President Trump

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Preparing for a month-long residency at Radio City Music Hall, Chappelle talks about growing up in D.C. and his decision to host the first SNL after the presidential election.

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Novel 'Less' Features Hapless Hero And His Journey Around The World

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The novel by Andrew Sean Green follows aptly-named protagonist Arthur Less as he travels the world in a quest to avoid his his ex-lover's wedding.

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Review: Fleet Foxes, 'Crack-Up'

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On his band's first album in six years, Robin Pecknold seeks peace in a chaotic world — and works to that end by crafting songs that soothe without forgoing creative ambition.

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