Ja Rule at NPR's New York bureau in June. Quoctrung Bui/NPR hide caption

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Joe Henry's latest album is Invisible Hour. Sarah Tilotta/NPR hide caption

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Ani Cordero's new album is Recordar: Latin American Songs Of Love And Protest. Erin Patrice O'Brien/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mark Ronson on the TED stage. James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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"Music and books, I think, were the two things I trusted the most as a child," Mary Gauthier says. Jack Spencer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Phish's new album is Fuego. Peter Yang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bobby Hutcherson's new album on Blue Note Records is Enjoy The View. Scott Chernis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lana Del Rey's new album is Ultraviolence. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan released his first studio album in five years, United States, on Tuesday. Jim Chapin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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British singer Sam Smith has just released his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Antlers (from left): Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner. Marc Lemoine/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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