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Carly Rae Jepsen Goes From Dinner to Dance Party

Carly Rae Jepsen is out with her third album, "E·MO·TION." It's fun, '80s-pop-inspired, earworm-heavy, and the critics dig it. The Canadian singer serves up a soundtrack for a night feasting on homemade lasagna, grooving on the dance floor, and mending broken hearts.

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Yo La Tengo Cook up a Cover-Rich Soundtrack

For 30 years, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley have recorded everything from acoustic ballads to noise pop, as two out of three members of indie rock stalwarts Yo La Tengo. That diversity is evident on the group's latest album of cover songs, called "Stuff Like That There." They DJ a dinner party filled with new takes on familiar tunes.

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Thundercat’s Perfect Tunes to Ruin a Party

Thundercat, a.k.a. Stephen Bruner, played bass for the seminal thrash band Suicidal Tendencies and has become known lately for his funky, jazzy work with musicians like Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar. On the eve of his solo tour, he presents us with a party playlist that celebrates debauchery -- on the road, at a house party, or on the high seas.

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Joy Williams’ Spirited Dinner Party Soundtrack

Singer-songwriter Joy Williams, half of the late great Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars, is about to release her latest solo effort, "Venus." She provides us with a playlist for the kind of dinner party that features comfort food and air-drumming.