Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded. Will Figg for NPR hide caption

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Waxahatchee: A Lonesome Voice, Raised In Basements

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When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble. Jan Persson/Redferns hide caption

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Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

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The Beatles pose in Liverpool's Derby Square in February 1963 — the year, according to author Colin Fleming, that yielded the band's most definitive work. Michael Ward/Getty Images hide caption

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The Beatles' Defining Moment (Hint: It's Not 'Sgt. Pepper')

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Blake Morgan's songs were played some 28,000 times over a 90-day period on Pandora, earning $1.62 in royalties. Jim Herrington/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pandora Buys A Radio Station, Songwriters' Group Calls It A 'Stunt'

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Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday. Kathy Wittman/Courtesy of the Boston Early Music Festival hide caption

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Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

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Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey. Rebecca Meek/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The cover image of The Complete Roost Johnny Smith Small Group Sessions, a 2002 box set of work from across the jazz guitarist's career. Album cover hide caption

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Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

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Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963. His set included "Only a Pawn in Their Game," which he would also play at the 1963 March on Washington. Eyeneer hide caption

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Bob Dylan's Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture

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Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character. San Francisco Opera hide caption

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A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

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Boards of Canada's new album is titled Tomorrow's Harvest. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Boards Of Canada Tap A Devout Following To Push New Album

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Darlene Love, one of the background singers featured in Twenty Feet From Stardom, didn't receive credit for singing hits in the 1950s and '60s and says her career was derailed by legendary producer Phil Spector. Radius/TWC hide caption

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Spotlighting Background Singers In 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

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Cliburn medalists Beatrice Rana, second place winner; Vadym Kholodenko, first place winner; and Sean Chen, third place winner, receive applause from the audience at the final awards ceremony at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Sunday. Rodger Mallison/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition

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Palestinian performer Mohammad Assaf is a finalist on Arab Idol, which is filmed in the Lebanese city of Jounieh north of the capital Beirut. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'Arab Idol' Finalist Delivers Sweet Music, Palestinian Pride

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Artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China. Luo Xiaoguang /Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

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