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Johnny Linton, a music student, performs at the Gateways Music Festival's Youth Showcase Concert

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August 14, 2013 – The Gateways Musical Festival highlights African-American classical musicians.

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A-Trak and Metropolis host Jason Bentley.

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August 14, 2013 – Listen to Metropolis host Jason Bentley chat with the acclaimed producer and Fool's Gold label head. KCRW

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David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin.

Watch Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

August 13, 2013 – St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson decodes America's orchestral anxieties.

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The White Mandingos are, from left, Sacha Jenkins, Murs and Darryl Jenifer.

Watch The White Mandingos: Music That Defies Definition

August 13, 2013 – Three black musicians are making music that can't be categorized under a name that hurts.

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Chris Thile's new album, Sonatas and Partitas, draws from material written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the early 1700s.

Watch Chris Thile Looks Back To Bach

August 11, 2013 – The mandolinist's latest project is a collection of pieces written by J.S. Bach in the early 1700s.

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More than 10 years ago, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

Read 'Something Being Born': On Making A Classic Album With A Boombox

August 10, 2013 – A decade ago, The Mountain Goats made a career-defining record with the crudest possible tools.

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On her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone, Valerie June sings with a voice that's as powerful as it is unusual.

Watch Valerie June On Learning To Love 'Perfectly Imperfect' Voices

August 9, 2013 – The singer speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about embracing her own voice as a storytelling tool.

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Felix Da Housecat performs live at Los Angeles' The Monday Social party.

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August 7, 2013 – Listen to the house music veteran speak with KCRW's Jason Bentley about his career in dance music. KCRW

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Many musicians discover their love for music through church, but Derrick Hodge found church through music. His debut solo album, Live Today, comes out August 6.

Read Derrick Hodge: Finding Music In Unexpected Moments

August 7, 2013 – From church services to communal meals, the jazz bassist is drawn to the music of the everyday.

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Read Finding Redemption In The Karaoke Bar

August 4, 2013 – When music critic Rob Sheffield's wife died, he learned to love again through singing karaoke.

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Gregory Alan Isakov's latest album is called The Weatherman.

Read 'The Weatherman': A Rambler's Folky Manifesto

August 4, 2013 – Songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov grew up bouncing from city to city, and it shows in his music.

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Dawn of Midi. Left to right: drummer Qasim Naqvi, bassist Aakaash Israni and pianist Amino Belyamani.

Read From A Jazz Trio, Hypnotic Work That Hardly Sounds Like Jazz

August 3, 2013 – Dawn of Midi uses acoustic instruments to create what sounds like looping, minimal electronic music.

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Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars. The duo's new, self-titled album arrives on the heels of canceled tour dates and an ongoing hiatus from performing together.

Watch The Civil Wars' Joy Williams On The Duo's Fragile Bond

August 2, 2013 – The new album from Williams and John Paul White comes on the heels of an abrupt, public falling-out.

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Tristan 'Mack' Wilds.

Watch Tristan 'Mack' Wilds On His Move From Acting To Singing

July 30, 2013 – After playing Michael on The Wire and Jay Z's nephew in a music video, he's releasing an R&B album.

George Reid and Aluna Francis have become darlings of the European music festival circuit without releasing an album. Body Talk, their full-length debut as AlunaGeorge, is out Monday.

Watch AlunaGeorge Finds A Natural Groove, By Accident

July 28, 2013 – The electro-soul duo became a darling of the European festival circuit without releasing an album.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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

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.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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