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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.

Watch Johnny Smith, Revered Guitar Player, Has Died

June 13, 2013 – Smith wrote the surf guitar anthem "Walk, Don't Run," which became a Top 10 hit for The Ventures.


Read Just Some Of NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

June 13, 2013 – It is only June, but we already have a few albums that we're really excited about this year.


Still from Green Blood

Watch First Watch: Sonny And The Sunsets, 'Green Blood'

June 13, 2013 – An interstellar tribute to lost love, lovingly rendered in a hand-drawn video for "Green Blood."

Bosnian Rainbows, left to right: Deantoni Parks, Teri Gender Bender, Nicci Kasper, Omar Rodriguez Lopez.

Listen Baila Conmigo: 9 New Latin Songs That Rock

June 13, 2013 – On Alt.Latino, hear rock 'n' roll, electro-tropical sounds, Chilean pop, Mexican punk and more.


Conun Pappas, Jr. of The Bridge Trio.

Listen The Bridge Trio: Live In Concert WBGO

June 13, 2013 – The precociously mature band of New Orleans natives salutes a mentor and presents its compositions. WBGO


India.Arie reinvents herself on her new album, SongVersation.

Read India.Arie Returns, With An Eye Toward A New 'SongVersation'

June 13, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album comes four years after she made plans to retire.


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.


If you're going to Bonnaroo this weekend, as these folks did back in 2010, you could use a few tips.

Read For Music-Festival Rookies, A Survival Guide

June 13, 2013 – Festival preparation can be broken into three categories: music, logistics and simple survival.

Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Read Slaid Cleaves: 'Still Fighting' With Smart Lyrics And Stories

June 13, 2013 – The singer-songwriter's new album was written around "a theme of perseverance through hard times."


The timba collective Giraldo Piloto y Klimiax.

Read Latin Roots: Timba, Cuba's Funky Dance Music WXPN

June 13, 2013 – World Cafe talks with Judy Cantor-Navas of Billboard En Espanol about this provocative dance sound. WXPN


Melissa Mitchell.

Listen Melissa Mitchell On Mountain Stage

June 13, 2013 – The Alaskan singer has performed alongside Jewel, Mason Jennings, Indigo Girls and Greg Brown.


Screen shot from Plastic Cup

Watch First Watch: Low, 'Plastic Cup'

June 13, 2013 – The band performs inside a snow globe, wearing period costumes, while giant aliens watch.

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.


T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy.

Read John Mellencamp, Stephen King And T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe WXPN

June 12, 2013 – The venerated entertainers dive into uncharted territory together: a musical 13 years in the making. WXPN


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.

Read A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

June 12, 2013 – Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene examines the titular figure's relationship to Jesus.


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