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Members of Beyonce's Coachella marching band talk about Bey's commitment to authenticity and the show's historic legacy. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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Cuz I Love You, from the singer Lizzo, is on our short list of the best albums out April 19. Luke Gilford/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 6 Albums Out April 19

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New Mix: Tank And The Bangas, Jesca Hoop, Chris Staples, More

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Anderson .Paak's Ventura arrives just five months after his previous full-length, Oxnard and is a return to form. Francesco Prandoni/Redferns hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out On April 12

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Beyoncé Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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Aretha Franklin's 'Amazing Grace' Gets LA Premiere In The Church Where It Took Place

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Big Wild's debut album Superdream is out now. Little Green Eyes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Big Wild Bottles His Challenges And Curiosities Into Debut Album

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Titanic Rising, from the artist known as Weyes Blood, is on our short list for the best new albums out on April 5. Kathryn Vetter Miller/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out On April 5

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Jenny Lewis On World Cafe

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When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? from the singer Billie Eilish is on our short list of the best albums out on March 29. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out On March 29

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"I just love the idea of glorifying people's biggest fears," Billie Eilish says. Kenneth Cappello/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Billie Eilish Knows What You're Afraid Of

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Lucie Silvas inside the World Cafe Performance Studio. Gabriela Barbieri/WXPN hide caption

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Lucie Silvas On World Cafe

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Emily King On World Cafe

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Lafawndah's Ancestor Boy is on our short list for the best new albums out on March 22. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out March 22

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Andrew Bird On World Cafe

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Jay-Z performs on stage during 'On the Run II' tour in 2018. The rapper is among the headliners of Woodstock 50. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Woodstock 50 'Re-Create The Magic' Of The Original Festival?

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