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Gary Nichsolson.

Listen Gary Nicholson On Mountain Stage

April 1, 2014 – Nicholson may not be a household name, but he's one of Nashville's most respected songwriters.

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Angel Olsen.

Listen Angel Olsen On World Cafe WXPN

April 1, 2014 – The singer's voice can be intense, even chilling, in ways that blend perfectly with her band. WXPN

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A few of the D'Angelico guitars set to be auctioned, pictured here at the GTR showroom in New York City.

Watch On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars

April 1, 2014 – More than 260 guitars are set to be sold this week, and some of them come with a hefty price tag.

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Frankie Knuckles in 2007.

Watch Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59

April 1, 2014 – In the 1970s and '80s, the iconic DJ helped to usher in the era of house music.

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Matthew Stevens will record his debut album this year.

Read A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song

April 1, 2014 – Matthew Stevens has mostly moved on from his shelved debut album. But one tune remains in rotation.

Lunice, center, being interviewed by Microphone Check's Ali Shaheed Muhammed, left, and Frannie Kelley, right.

Watch Lunice: 'I Ain't Doing What That Guy Did'

April 1, 2014 – The producer and DJ on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.

Clockwise from upper left: Jack White, Teebs, Lyla Foy, Ray LaMontagne

Listen New Mix: Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, Lyla Foy, More!

April 1, 2014 – Bob and Robin have a fantastic surprise: the first song off a new album by Jack White.

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Timothy Showalter, who performs as Strand of Oaks, releasing a new album, Heal, due out this summer.

Listen Song Premiere: Strand Of Oaks, 'Goshen '97'

April 1, 2014 – Hear the Philadelphia singer-songwriter perform an uncharacteristically autobiographical new song.

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Gods, monsters and Rhinemaidens populate Richard Wagner's 16-hour epic Ring cycle.

Read Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

April 1, 2014 – Get Richard or die trying: An opera company is performing Wagner continuously to raise $8 million.

Parker Millsap.

Listen World Cafe Next: Parker Millsap WXPN

March 31, 2014 – The singer-songwriter's solo debut follows in the footsteps of fellow Oklahoman John Fullbright. WXPN

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Sudanese singer Alsarah.

Read Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now

March 31, 2014 – Hear smash hits and intriguing tracks from Sudan, India, Nigeria and beyond.

The Haden Triplets perform a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.

Watch The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert

March 31, 2014 – When the sisters cover classic country music together, the result is a treat and a trip in time.

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James Blake has a sound that draws on the past, but also points to the future. His most recent album is called Overgrown.

Watch What Recent Album Will Hold Up The Best?

March 31, 2014 – Forget established classics. What recent album will best stand the test of time?

Holly Williams.

Listen Holly Williams On Mountain Stage

March 31, 2014 – Though she comes from country-music royalty, Holly Williams has a voice that's uniquely hers.

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