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New Music Tuesday: Bonnie Raitt and Alabama Shakes

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Musician Bonnie Raitt performs in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Music critic Ann Powers joins the show to review new albums from Alabama Shakes and Bonnie Raitt.

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes releases their first full-length album, "Boys & Girls." Fronted by Brittany Howard, Alabama Shakes combine genres like soul, Americana, blues, and garage rock for a sound that's reminiscent of music decades ago.

Bonnie Raitt

Raitt releases her first album in seven years, "Silpstream." The nine-time Grammy Award winner released the album with no major label support — the first time she's done so in a career that spans four decades.

"Slipstream" streaming at NPR's music website.


Ann Powers is a music critic and correspondent for NPR.

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