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Vijay Iyer practices in his home.

Watch Take A Tour Of MacArthur Genius Vijay Iyer's Home Q2

New York's Q2 Music offers a glimpse inside the pianist and composer's home in Harlem. Q2

In a 25-year career, Damon Albarn's new Everyday Robots is his first true solo album.

Read Damon Albarn On 'Everyday Robots' And The Birth Of Britpop

Albarn says the sound he helped create with Blur in the 1990s was not a celebration, but a reaction.

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Nas in 1994.

Watch Nas: 'I'm Still Charged' 20 Years After 'Illmatic'

April 23, 2014 – The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.

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Lil Bibby.

Watch Lil Bibby: 'I Need $100 Million In My Bank Account'

April 22, 2014 – The rapper is a 19-year-old from Chicago with one mixtape, a high-profile co-sign and big dreams.

Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.

Read Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

April 19, 2014 – The singer-songwriter stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.

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Lisa Robinson interviews a young Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in October 1972.

Read How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

April 19, 2014 – Lisa Robinson knows how to talk — and how to make others, especially musicians, want to talk.

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Jeremiah Jae and Oliver the 2nd of Black Jungle Squad.

Watch Jeremiah Jae And Oliver The 2nd: 'Take It Back To The Essence'

April 17, 2014 – "We just want to make the music the focal point and make that as great as we can make it."

Sturgill Simpson's second album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, takes inspiration from both Ray Charles and research into near-death experiences.

Watch God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

April 17, 2014 – Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Emicida.

Watch Emicida: 'People Sample What Is Nearest To Them'

April 14, 2014 – The rapper has earned a global name for rapping about the plight of Brazil's minorities.

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Ted Leo and Aimee Mann join forces on a new album named for their collaborative songwriting project, The Both.

Read Ted Leo And Aimee Mann On Ego, Humor And The Uncanny Valley

April 12, 2014 – The pair say a shared obsession with a too-real statue sparked their collaboration as The Both.

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Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.

Read A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

April 12, 2014 – An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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Rob Gullatte during an interview with Microphone Check in Austin, Texas.

Watch Rob Gullatte: 'I Just Can't Seem To Get These Raps Out My Head'

April 11, 2014 – "I got a job," says the Houstonian. "I like my job, it's cool. But I'm sitting there writing raps."

Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Read Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

April 10, 2014 – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez tell Terry Gross about the inspiration for "Let It Go."

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E-40.

Watch E-40: 'I'm On The West Coast, Eating'

April 9, 2014 – The Bay Area legend on his career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.

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First Listen

The songs here <em></em>form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

First Listen: Pixies, 'Indie Cindy'

The songs here form a worthwhile, frequently terrific document of a band forever in transition.

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Nas: 'I'm Still Charged' 20 Years After 'Illmatic'

The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.

After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue <em>Purple Rain</em> for its 30th anniversary.

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

After a deal with his old record label, Prince will reissue Purple Rain for its 30th anniversary.

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Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

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