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DJ Kool Herc (right, with DJ TonyTone) hosted a party in the South Bronx in 1973 that is credited with kick-starting hip-hop.

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August 11, 2013 – Writer Dart Adams says what started in the South Bronx is far from the hip-hop music we hear today.

George Walker is considered the elder statesman of today's African-American composers.

Read The American Symphonic Legacy: Not Just For White Guys

August 10, 2013 – Recent developments have opened up the doors to composers who were once lost to history.

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More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

Read 'Something Being Born': On Making A Classic Album With A Boombox

August 10, 2013 – A decade ago, The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

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On her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June sings with a voice that's as powerful as it is unusual.

Watch Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

August 9, 2013 – The singer speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about embracing her own voice as a storytelling tool.

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Peter Hughes (left) and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.

Read Inside Listening: The Mountain Goats' Bassist On His Own Band's Albums

August 9, 2013 – Do musicians listen to their own music differently? Peter Hughes of The Mountain Goats finds out.

cover for Dinner With Lenny

Read Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music

August 8, 2013 – For the waning weeks of summer, a survey of books about obsessive fandom and lives in music.

Houndmouth.

Read Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

August 7, 2013 – Download music from Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin, Volcano Choir, Houndmouth and more.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts is still inspired by the age-old symphonic form.

Read Why Write Symphonies?

August 5, 2013 – Kevin Puts says a symphony is "where I can express the spiritual, the epic, the heartbreaking."

Turn Around Bright Eyes cover

Read Finding Redemption In The Karaoke Bar

August 4, 2013 – When music critic Rob Sheffield's wife died, he learned to love again through singing karaoke.

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Jay Z and Marina Abromovic eye to eye.

Watch Jay Z Video Puts Hip-Hop And Art Back In The Same Room

August 3, 2013 – Jay's co-stars represent the family ties between hip-hop and the art world.

Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars. The duo's new, self-titled album arrives on the heels of canceled tour dates and an ongoing hiatus from performing together.

Watch The Civil Wars' Joy Williams On The Duo's Fragile Bond

August 2, 2013 – The new album from Williams and John Paul White comes on the heels of an abrupt, public falling-out.

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Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem (left) performing with Bruce Springsteen in London in 2009.

Watch When Stage Banter Goes Wrong

August 2, 2013 – Even a misunderstanding between a front man and an audience can bruise that precarious relationship.

A shot of Billboard's Hot 100 in 1988.

Read How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer

August 14, 2013 – Whatever medium is delivering music to the masses at any given time, the chart has stayed relevant.

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Robert Spano, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is a fan of the Third Symphony by Aaron Copland.

Read 5 American Symphonies You Should Know

August 1, 2013 – Five acclaimed American musicians pick favorite homegrown symphonic works.

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