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The-Dream performing in New York City in May.

Watch The-Dream: Why We All Need R&B

June 19, 2013 – The singer and songwriter Terius Nash says R&B is the genre that's closest to the reality of love.

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Kanye West at his album listening party at Milk Studios last week in New York City.

Watch Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

June 18, 2013 – West's latest album was meant to be an event, and it's served that mission quite well.

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As kids, Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer were all obsessed with hip-hop and TV shows like Yo! MTV Raps.

Listen The Lonley Island: The Fresh Air Interview

June 18, 2013 – The hip-hop parody group has produced some of the funniest SNL material in recent memory.

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Three of today's most fascinating violinists have new albums, including Augustin Hadelich, who pairs off with Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

Read Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

June 18, 2013 – Sweet melodies by Bach and haunting sounds of Morton Feldman enliven new albums.

Even the name of J. Cole's new album, Born Sinner, is a nod to the hip-hop lineage from which he descends: Biggie > Jay > J.

Watch Don't Kill Your Idols: J. Cole Looks For His Place In Hip-Hop

June 17, 2013 – The rapper's new album, Born Sinner, is a reckoning with the hip-hop lineage from which he descends.

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.

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

June 16, 2013 – Author Colin Fleming says early BBC sessions provide a blueprint for who the band would become.

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Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers.

Watch Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

June 15, 2013 – The jazz composer's latest project is an opera based on the true story of a gay boxer in the 1960s.

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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.

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

June 15, 2013 – Pandora's move, an effort to get more favorable royalty rates, also has some songwriters up in arms.

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Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.

Read Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

June 14, 2013 – Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other.

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Dagger Beach, John Vanderslice's new album, is out this week.

Read Heartbreak Takes John Vanderslice To 'Dagger Beach'

June 14, 2013 – Isolation led the avant-indie rock veteran to new songs and an album made outside the label system.

Marc Cary's new album is titled For the Love of Abbey.

Watch Reflections On A Dozen Years With Abbey Lincoln

June 14, 2013 – Marc Cary came to New York City to find his father. He also found a long gig with a jazz legend.

Buika blends flamenco with African rhythms, jazz, blues and soul.

Watch Flamenco Sensation Buika Embraces Her 'Animal' Voice

June 13, 2013 – Growing up, Buika was used to people saying her voice was ugly. But that didn't stop her.

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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.

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

June 12, 2013 – "Only a Pawn in Their Game" suggested that Evers' killer wasn't the only one to blame for his death.

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The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me.

Watch The National: 'We've Earned Our Stripes'

June 12, 2013 – One of rock's perpetual underdogs has endured and survived the irony-laden swagger of the aughts.

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Boards of Canada's new album is titled Tomorrow's Harvest.

Watch Boards Of Canada Tap A Devout Following To Push New Album

June 12, 2013 – By leaking details of its new release in code, the electronic duo worked the press game backwards.

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