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Florence Price was the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra. Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries hide caption

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Revisiting The Pioneering Composer Florence Price

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Sneaks' new album, Highway Hypnosis, is out Jan. 25 via Merge. Stephanie Severance/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sneaks

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DAWN's new breed comes out Jan. 25. Robert Arnold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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07sauce

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    New Breed
    Artist
    Dawn Richard
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    Local Action Records/Our Dawn Ent.
    Released
    2019

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Leyla McCalla's The Capitalist Blues comes out Jan. 25. Sarrah Danzinger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Capitalist Blues

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    The Capitalist Blues
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    Leyla McCalla
    Label
    PIAS
    Released
    2019

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Lula Wiles' What Will We Do comes out Jan. 25 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Laura Partain/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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What Will We Do

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    What Will We Do
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    Lula Wiles
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    Smithsonian Folkways
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    2019

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Tracey Thorn's album Record tops Ken Tucker's list of the best music of 2018. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of Merge Records hide caption

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Ken Tucker Picks His Favorite Albums Of 2018

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Cardi B; Ethan Hawke in First Reformed; Sandra Oh in Killing Eve. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for iHeartMedia; A24; Sophie Mutevelian/BBC America hide caption

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Some of the figures on Down the Road Wherever seem to want a return to some long-gone glory days, but Mark Knopfler only sketches out the what of their wistful desires, not their why. Derek Hudson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aretha Franklin, pictured during a television appearance in January 1972, the same month in which the project Amazing Grace was recorded. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images hide caption

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Charles Mingus poses next to a poster for his six nights of performances at the Strata Concert Gallery in Detroit in 1973. A recording of one of those nights has just been released. Sue Mingus/Courtesy of BBE Music hide caption

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