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Soul singer Sharon Jones, lead singer of the group The Dap-Kings, has died, her publicist announced late Friday. She was 60.

She'd been fighting pancreatic cancer since 2013, when she took a break from touring to undergo extensive surgery and chemotherapy, Fresh Air wrote earlier this year. The cancer went into remission, but returned this year.

Happy Friday!  Today's new releases include Metalica's first studio album in 8 years,  Bruno Mars follows up his smash hit 'Uptown Funk' with an audacious R&B album, Miranda Lambert's 2 disc album about her breakup with Blake Shelton and her current relationship with Anderson East, an entertaining global trip from Pink Martini,  power pop from Chicago's Split Single,  indie pop, electronics, disco, and synth pop all come together on Cineplexx's Espejos, and a personal favorite, Robert Earl Keen's live sequel 20 Years in the making.

Today's new releases feature The Hart Valley Drifters‘ Folk Time, which contains the earliest known studio recording by Jerry Garcia,  Sting's first rock record in 13 years, Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis under the moniker Sad13, a set of unplugged versions of Simple Minds greatest hits, and a monumental 36-disc box set featuring every known recording from Bob Dylan's mythic and controversial 1966 tour.

Bob Dylan - The 1966 Live Recordings

This week's new releases include My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James' soulful, moody, collection about modern tensions and hopeful living, the third Hope Sandoval &Warm Inventions album featuring a duet with Kurt Vile, veteran soulman Lee Fields and his crack band deliver a varied set about the  power of love, and a hooky, new wave and disco-inflected production from the Canadian duo Darcy...

Jim James - Eternally Even

Happy Friday!  This week's new releases include a 9 song all acoustic set from David Crosby, a stripped down country album from Lady Gaga, a Leonard Cohen record that lives up to it's title and what was originally intended as a Chrissie Hynde solo album finally appears, packaged as a Pretenders release, with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach aboard as producer. Plus some new catchy indie pop/rock from The Radio Dept., Crocodiles, Wavves spin off Spirit Club, Saint Motel and Jimmy Eat World.

Pretenders - Alone

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