Chuck Mead's new album, Free State Serenade, is all about his home state of Kansas. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Love To Murder To UFOs, A Dark 'Serenade' To Kansas

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John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964. Chuck Stewart/Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Lost Album Gives Voice To A Johnny Cash In Recovery

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Kelis gave her first U.S. performance in years at the 2014 SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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For Kelis, Music Is Back On The Menu

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The Stooges (L-R Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop in front, Scott Asheton in back and Ron Asheton) in the studio in 1970, during the making of their second album, Fun House. Ed Caraeff/Getty Images hide caption

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Kishi Bashi performs at The Dirty Dog in Austin, Texas during the 2014 South by Southwest Music festival. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption

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Listen to All Songs Considered at SXSW - Saturday

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With a Bjork-like voice and a heart-breaking vibe out of The Sundays, Kristal and Jonny Boy's set at Cedar Street Courtyard was enthralling performance art. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Listen to All Songs Considered at SXSW - Friday

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Israel's Orthodox Ravers Are On A Holy Mission To Dance

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