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New music and a look at the lives of music legends George Jones and Richie Havens

Richie Havens: Freedom Sweating and strumming the guitar with artistic force, folk singer Richie Havens opened up Woodstock in ’69 with a three-hour-long, 11-song set that culminated with “Freedom.” A star on the rise, the Brooklyn artist set the tone then and continued to do so throughout his extensive career, which not only included several chart-topping tunes, but also the founding of the Northwind Undersea …

Sound Advice 171: Handselecta

Daft Punk, Sonny Terry, Florence + The Machine and more in our weekly music recap

The World’s Best Ever looked to graffiti-focused type designer Christian Acker for the latest installment of Sound Advice, the site’s regular music offering created by a different person every week. Sound Advice 171: Handselecta features a harmoniously diverse range of songs, from the funkier sounds of Lee Dorsey and Pleasure to the lyrical stylings of Grand Puba and Gang Starr with a little Quincy Jones …

Sonny Terry: She’s So Sweet

Daft Punk, Sonny Terry, Florence + The Machine and more in our weekly music recap

Step back to a simpler time when harmonicas and ragtime rhythms ruled American music with Sonny Terry’s “She’s So Sweet.” Off the 1963 album Sonny Is King—a title the blind Piedmont blues musician definitely deserves after decades of incredible output in the ’40s and ’50s—and featuring guitar riffs and duets from Lightnin’ Hopkins and regular collaborator Brownie McGhee. Terry remains an inspirational benchmark of creativity.