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Top Picks: Alison Krauss's 'Paper Airplane,' 'The Dark Knight' on Facebook, and more

A new album from Alison Krauss and Union Station, Warner Bros. movie rentals on Facebook, a book of art from Irish illustrator Nigel Peake, and more recommendations.

The latest release by Alison Krauss & Union Station, "Paper Airplane".

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a whimsical look at rural life

Nigel Peake lives in the Irish countryside – the middle of nowhere, as he describes it – interpreting the rhythms of the land in pencil and ink and muted watercolors. In the Wilds: Drawings by Nigel Peake (Princeton Architectural Press) shows the whimsy behind the obsessive detail of his illustrations, from the bird tracks that circle a tree trunk to the fallen shed and hay bales wrapped in plastic – colorful reimaginings that capture an inherent joy about his surroundings.

Talent to spare

The 24-year-old piano phenom Eldar Djangirov has released his fifth album, Three Stories, on Sony Masterworks. This is a dazzling display of virtuosity across three disciplines – classical, jazz, and personal compositions – from Bach to Gershwin, Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, and his own creations. Djangirov's national tour runs through October. Check for dates.

Krauss and her Union crew

It's been a long seven years since Union Station's last album, and the new one, Paper Airplane, is well worth the wait for Grammy queen Alison Krauss's ethereal voice alone. But there's so much more: harmonies that define the very word, nonpareil bluegrass musicianship by fiddler Krauss, dobro master Jerry Douglas, and multi-instrumentalist Ron Block. And what other ensemble can boast two lead vocalists as gifted as Krauss and Dan Tyminski of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" fame. Bluegrass? Yes. Simply great music? Oh, yeah!


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