Sylvan Esso, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2014. Zac Visco for NPR hide caption

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Jack White, performing live at the Ford Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on Jun. 10, 2014. TourGigs for NPR hide caption

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Spoon, performing "Rent I Pay," live from Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Ebru Yildiz for NPR hide caption

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Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves performs during NPR Music's SXSW showcase. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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British post-punk band Eagulls performs at NPR Music's SXSW showcase. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Kelis, seen here at NPR Music's SXSW Showcase in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night, performed her first show in America in almost four years. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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