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Top Picks: An HBO documentary on public art, Otis's daughter Cassie Taylor's new album, and more

Ben Harper teams up with Dixie Chick lead singer Natalie Maines for Maines' solo album, the app Heads Up is a fun party game, and more top picks.

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Global art project

“Stand up for what you care about and together we turn the world inside out.” Thus begins the HBO documentary Inside Out: The People’s Art Project. Led by French artist JR, the initiative invites people from Paris to the Middle East to the United States to reexamine preconceptions about race, politics, and the ability of humanity to change course by creating giant black-and-white photo portraits of ordinary folks and pasting them up in public spaces. It airs May 20.

Next-generation blues

Cassie Taylor spent her teens playing bass for her dad, progressive bluesman Otis Taylor, before going solo. Like father, like daughter? Not quite. The young artist favors a more polished, traditional sound on Out of My Mind, a stylistically varied set that spans New Orleans jazz, rock, and trance blues. Ms. Taylor’s voice – by turns sassy and tender – eschews melisma for soul. You won’t get “Out of My Mind” out of your mind.

Kindred souls

What do you get when you combine the grit of California’s Inland Empire with the smoky lament of Chicago? You get a fast-moving blues train powered by the multitalented Ben Harper on slide guitar and legend Charlie Musselwhite on his wailing harmonica. Feeling down never felt so buoyant. Their raucous album, Get Up!, has both an old-soul depth as well as Mr. Harper’s signature boldness – a combination that will keep you playing this album over and over.

Chick out of Dixie


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