Metric's new album, its second on the band's own label, is titled Synthetica. Left to right: Joshua Winstead, Emily Haines, James Shaw, Joules Scott-Key. Brantley Gutierrez hide caption

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Metric: A Rock Band Declares Independence

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Trumpeter John Thornton plays at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from NPR's headquarters. Devon Kodzis/NPR hide caption

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A Lone Trumpeter Serenades The National Mall

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A fan of soul and disco, Nemiah Mitchell, Jr. (left) let the taste of his son, Vince Lawrence, shape the output of his record labels Mitchbal and Chicago Connection. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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"Shake Your Body" by Jeanette Thomas

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Chris Thile's First Musical Memory

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Celebrated composer and lyricist Richard Adler has died at the age of 90. Bob Gomel/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Remembers Broadway's Richard Adler

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The Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 (from left): Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, Mike Byrne and Jeff Schroeder. Paul Elledge/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Making Peace With The Immediate Past

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Cassandra Wilson explores geography, as well as a lifelong relationship with the guitar, on Another Country. Marco Glaviano hide caption

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Cassandra Wilson: 'The Guitar Is My Heart'

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Matt Wilson plays drums in the jazz ensemble Arts and Crafts. Jimmy Katz hide caption

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Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

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A Summer With Fun.

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Singer Marisol Hernandez (center) takes listeners from her grandfather's burro cart to La Santa Cecilia's Latin Grammy Award, on Olvera Street in Los Angeles. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Take A Trip To Downtown L.A. With La Santa Cecilia

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Musician David Byrne at his rehearsal space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Byrne's first musical, Here Lies Love, chronicles the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos. Andrea Shea/NPR hide caption

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David Byrne Finds A Disco Muse In Imelda Marcos

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Santigold's latest album, Master of My Make-Believe, came out in April. Sean Thomas hide caption

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Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti

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Clockwise from upper left: Neil Young with Patti Smith, Hank Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Maureen Gray. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Guest DJ Patti Smith

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Killer Mike: On Ronald Reagan And Raising Daughters

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