Bibi Tanga (center) has embarked on a tour of the US with his band, The Selenites. Their new album 40 Degrees of Sunshine came out July 10. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bibi Tanga: Where Afropop Meets Walt Whitman

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Russ Irwin has toured with Aerosmith for 15 years. His new solo record, Get Me Home, was released this May. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aerosmith's 'Sixth Member' Takes Center Stage

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Spirit Family Reunion: Music For Church Basements

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Uruguayan musician and producer Juan Campodónico records as Campo. Matilde Campodónico/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Across Latin America, Making Cumbia Modern

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Michael Kiwanuka's debut album Home Again was released this spring. Sam Butt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Michael Kiwanuka: For Those Who Think Young

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Detroit-born singer Maureen McDonald, who goes by MoZella, says she wanted her new album to sound like the music her mother grew up on and loved. Robert Carter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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MoZella: Recording An Homage To The Motor City

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Janet Feder built a career on unusual instrumental guitar playing. Her new album, Songs With Words, will feature her singing for the first time. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Janet Feder: An Avant-Garde Artist Takes A Real Risk

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Aria Saadi is an Iranian-born musician and actor, who fled the country several years ago and is currently based in Canada. KEXP hide caption

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Fleeing Iran After A Fateful Gig

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To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani. Sean Hagwell /Mike Tetreault hide caption

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A Musician And The Audition Of His Life

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Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop. Library of Congress hide caption

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A Grand Soviet Symphony, By Way Of Brazil

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Nas, who at 38 has just released his 10th album, Life Is Good. Courtesy of Def Jam Records hide caption

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Nas On Marvin Gaye's Marriage, Parenting And Rap Genius

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Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos performs at Terminal 5 in New York in 2010. The band's new record, Gossamer, comes out July 24. Cory Schwartz/Getty Images hide caption

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Passion Pit's Not-So-Silver Lining

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

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Eddie Palmieri: Now A True 'Jazz Master'

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Elton John performs in Ibiza earlier this month. The British singer's new memoir is titled Love Is the Cure. Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Elton John: Old Songs, Old Friends, New Perspectives

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