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Ja Rule at NPR's New York bureau in June.

Watch Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

June 29, 2014 – The rapper talks "real world" parenting, systemic racism and being a celebrity in prison.

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Joe Henry's latest album is Invisible Hour.

Read Joe Henry On Marriage And The Songs That Embody It

June 29, 2014 – The singer-songwriter discusses his new album, Invisible Hour, and performs a few songs live.

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Ani Cordero's new album is Recordar: Latin American Songs Of Love And Protest.

Watch Ani Cordero Pays Tribute To The History Of Latin Protest Music

June 28, 2014 – Cordero uses her new solo album, Recordar, to shed light on silenced Latin American voices.

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Mark Ronson on the TED stage.

Watch Mark Ronson: Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

June 27, 2014 – Producer Mark Ronson explains the appeal, and the logistics, of borrowing from other people's music.

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"Music and books, I think, were the two things I trusted the most as a child," Mary Gauthier says.

Watch Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love

June 24, 2014 – "I think that this is one where Mary finally gets the lesson," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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A still from "The Beyoncelogues: Irreplaceable."

Watch To The Left, To The Left: Behind The Beyoncelogues

June 23, 2014 – A karaoke failure blossomed into a series of viral performances for actress Nina Millin.

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Phish's new album is Fuego.

Read How Does A Jam Band Write Songs?

June 22, 2014 – For Phish, the process is a bit more systematic than you'd expect.

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Bobby Hutcherson's new album on Blue Note Records is Enjoy The View.

Read Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times

June 21, 2014 – "You could stop on a street corner and hear Malcolm X," the vibraphonist says of 1960s New York.

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Lana Del Rey's new album is Ultraviolence.

Watch Lana Del Rey: 'I Don't Have Other People In Mind'

June 21, 2014 – On the new Ultraviolence, Del Rey remains a pop star with the power to elude and confound.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan released his first studio album in five years, United States, on Tuesday.

Watch Ian McLagan's Song For A Muse

June 20, 2014 – The keyboardist's wife was a driving force. Years after her death, he still finds her in his songs.

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Ab-Soul.

Read Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

June 20, 2014 – The philosophical rapper says he has high expectations of his audience and what he's made for them.

British singer Sam Smith has just released his debut album, In the Lonely Hour.

Read A Young Man's Loneliness, And His Soulful Falsetto

June 16, 2014 – The 22-year-old British singer Sam Smith wrote and recorded a debut album about love and loss.

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On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo develops its own distinctive, otherworldly dreamspace.

First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo develops its own distinctive, otherworldly dreamspace.

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Pop's most divisive new star is more than the sum of her influences, says critic Barry Walters.

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