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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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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."

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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