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Lucius perform on Mountain Stage.

Listen Lucius On Mountain Stage

July 23, 2013 – The indie-pop band has won heaps of praise for its eerily tight vocals and lush instrumentation.

Carline Ray, who sang with The International Sweethearts of Rhythm and Mary Lou Williams died on July 18 at the age of 88.

Read Carline Ray: A Pioneer For Women In Jazz Dies At 88

July 23, 2013 – In 2012, Fresh Air spoke with Ray's daughter, jazz musician Catherine Russell, about her mother.

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Junip performs live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Watch Junip, 'Your Life, Your Call' (Live) KCRW

July 23, 2013 – Watch José González's rock band perform "Your Life, Your Call," from the trio's self-titled album. KCRW

Sonny Landreth performs on Mountain Stage.

Listen Sonny Landreth On Mountain Stage

July 22, 2013 – The slide guitarist employs a unique combination of powerful amplifiers and modified guitars.

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Aisha Burns.

Read World Cafe Next: Aisha Burns WXPN

July 22, 2013 – Hear delicately crafted songs from the multi-instrumentalist's debut album, Life in the Midwater. WXPN

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José James.

Read José James On World Cafe WXPN

July 22, 2013 – The jazzy, soulful singer challenges himself throughout his latest album, No Beginning, No End. WXPN

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Guards performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

Watch Guards: Tiny Desk Concert

July 22, 2013 – Hear three sturdy pop songs from In Guards We Trust, performed live at the NPR Music offices.

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Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.

Watch Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

July 22, 2013 – The beloved Met Opera star is revered for her Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly.

John Paul White and Joy Williams are The Civil Wars

Read The Civil Wars' 'Dust To Dust' Is An Ode To The End

July 22, 2013 – The second single from The Civil Wars' self-titled album is a ballad that aches with resignation.

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"Grandma Drummer" — Mary Hvizda — in action.

Read VIDEO: 'Grandma Drummer' Says She Loves To Play

July 22, 2013 – Mary Hvizda went viral when a Wisconsin drum shop posted video of her wailing away.

Read Encore: The Many Musical Careers Of Katie Crutchfield

July 22, 2013 – The Alabama-born singer-songwriter broke through to a bigger audience last year.

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Timo Andres' new album, Home Stretch, comes out July 30.

Read First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'

July 21, 2013 – The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno.

Ebony Bones' new album, Behold, A Pale Horse, comes out August 5.

Read First Listen: Ebony Bones, 'Behold, A Pale Horse'

July 21, 2013 – The British songwriter and producer is an explosive performer who's unafraid to take creative risks.

Grant Hart has had an enigmatic career since his days drumming with the influential punk trio Hüsker Dü.

Read Hüsker Dü's Timekeeper Finds A Lost Paradise

July 21, 2013 – Grant Hart's latest project in an enigmatic solo career is an ambitious album with a biblical hook.

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Watch OMD: New-Wavers Look Backward To Go Forward

July 21, 2013 – The "If You Leave" duo has been making music together for three and a half decades.

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