AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 01: Kendrick Lamar performs during the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 1, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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By Raisa Bruner
April 14, 2017

Kendrick Lamar brings the heat with the rapid-fire “DNA” off of his powerful new album DAMN. Rising singer Bishop Briggs makes a case for trap-soul that won’t get out of your head. The remaining members of TLC partner up with Snoop Dogg for a comeback track that’s equal parts nostalgic and timely. Aussie musician Harts finds his rhythm as a spiritual successor to Prince in a new wave of funk-rock. And quirky British band The Kooks bring breezy rock back just in time for spring.

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