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Listen: Maggie Rogers Is About To Have Another Hit

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 7:00am

The singer who brought Pharrell to tears with her viral earworm "Alaska" is back with a worthy followup called "Dog Years."

2 U.S. Service Members Killed In Afghanistan

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:19am

U.S. military personnel came under fire while assisting Afghan partners battling the Taliban in Kunduz district, NATO says. Local officials are reportedly investigating claims of civilian casualties.

First Listen: Sleigh Bells, 'Jessica Rabbit'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

The duo's fourth album is a testament to the power of a celebration gone weird, with chopped-up and resequenced hooks working as the raw material for a scathing, fragmentary kind of pop.

'Refugee Coffee' Serves Up Gourmet Drinks — And Community

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Half of the 13,000 residents of Clarkston, Ga., are foreign born – many of them resettled refugees. A nonprofit food truck helps them get job training, work experience and network with neighbors.

First Listen: Bob Dylan, 'The 1966 Live Recordings'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

During the months he spent on the road in 1966, Dylan refined a way of inhabiting and transforming his own songs that was different from anything he'd done before.

First Listen: Daniel Bachman, 'Daniel Bachman'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

At 26, Bachman is already an established voice in the solo guitar music scene, but he knows that evolution comes in steps, not leaps. Here, he presents the most rounded version of himself.

First Listen: Ronnie Dunn, 'Tattooed Heart'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Three albums after wrapping his run with one of the most successful country duos of the '90s and early '00s, Dunn deftly carves out a role for himself amid the genre's current youthful landscape.

First Listen: Hart Valley Drifters, 'Folk Time'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

These recordings, made three years before the Grateful Dead formed, capture the beginning of Jerry Garcia's musical quest to explore every aspect of what makes American music so rich.

First Listen: Sad13, 'Slugger'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Sadie Dupuis' new solo songs are brimming with taut hooks, layers of flittering keyboards and electronic beats that'll get everyone bobbing and moving on the dance floor instead of in the mosh pit.

First Listen: Martha Wainwright, 'Goodnight City'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Wainwright's singing shows a deep awareness of the multiple meanings that can merge and overflow — even within utterances as direct as a lover's whisper or a lullaby.

Sex, Death And Revolution (A Little Long-Winded) In 'Thus Bad Begins'

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Javier Marias' new novel is, on the surface, a low-stakes spy story about a young man, his older mentor and a dysfunctional marriage. But really, it's about the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.

British Court Rules That Parliament Must Approve Brexit Plans

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 5:39am

Earlier this year the British public voted to leave the European Union. Now the country's prime minister is working to make that happen — but a court says she can't do it unilaterally.

Stayed Up Too Late For The Cubs? Let Them Write Your Excuse Note

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 5:30am

The team tweeted a "super official" excuse note for fans who need a mental health day Thursday.

2014 Tweet Nearly Forecast Cubs' Win — Even The Extra Innings

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:44am

Twitter user RaysFanGio wrote, "2016 World Series. Cubs vs. Indians. And then the world will end with the score tied in game seven in extra innings." And so it was, and here we are.

When Animals Attack, Some Respond With Compassion

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:43am

Would compassion be your first response if you survived a shark or bear attack? Anthropologist Barbara J. King hopes her answer would be "yes."

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