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"There is no character, you know?" Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Alex Ebert says. "I'm trying to be the most open and powered-by-the-universe version of myself than I can summon." Julie Ling hide caption

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Wild Flag (and former Sleater-Kinney) drummer Janet Weiss, performing live at the NPR Music day party, during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX. Shantel Mitchell/For NPR Music hide caption

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