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When she quit music eight years ago, Kathleen Edwards says she felt "a huge sense of relief." After taking time for herself (and opening up a coffee shop), she's back with a new album, Total Freedom. Remi Theriault/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kathleen Edwards On Taking A Break From Music And Finding 'Total Freedom'

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"The stuff that used to ring true still does in a way and also doesn't anymore," says Phil Elverum. "The big, huge question I tried to think about with this giant song was mainly how to encompass these contradictions." Katy Hancock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dirty Projectors On World Cafe

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Ondara On World Cafe

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of July

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The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler says the decision to make a new album was intuitive. "It just felt like 'Why don't we write a record? This band is as good as it ever sounded.' " Matthew Reeve/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler On The Band's First New Album In 29 Years

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Perfume Genius On World Cafe

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S.G. Goodman on World Cafe

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Lucinda Williams Has Forged Her Own Path

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Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe

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Price has been at home in Nashville trying to keep her feet on the ground. "If you let things like fame or money cloud your mind and poison your spirit, I think your art will really suffer," she says. Bobbi Rich/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Margo Price On The Mysterious Process Of Album-Making And Motherhood

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Bob Geldof On World Cafe

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Rufus Wainwright's new album is called Unfollow the Rules. He says the title comes from something his daughter said to him, and which he uses to express the need to reexamine the world. Tony Hauser/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rufus Wainwright On World Cafe

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