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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.


Tiny Desk Concert with Mali Music on June 16, 2014.

Watch Mali Music: Tiny Desk Concert

June 21, 2014 – The singer-songwriter and musician performs with unabashed positivity and an uplifting spirit.


If it's June, let the wedding bells, and the music, ring out.

Read I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

June 10, 2014 – Test your smarts with this smorgasbord of matrimonial music.

Sam Smith's new album, In the Lonely Hour, comes out June 17.

Read First Listen: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour'

June 8, 2014 – Smith has a well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto.

The Dixie Cups in New York City in 1964, the year the group's song "Chapel of Love" hit No. 1 on the charts.

Watch Chart-Topping 'Chapel Of Love' Turns 50

June 5, 2014 – In 1964, a teenage girl group from New Orleans unseated The Beatles to become No. 1 on the charts.


Meshell Ndegeocello's latest album is Comet, Come To Me.

Read Listen: Meshell Ndegeocello Trades Songs And Stories

June 1, 2014 – The singer-songwriter gave a secret show in Los Angeles this weekend, and NPR's Arun Rath was there.


The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Listen Blind Boys Of Alabama On Mountain Stage

May 30, 2014 – The legendary soul-gospel group performs songs from its latest album, produced by Justin Vernon.


Taylor McFerrin's new album, Early Riser, comes out June 3.

Read First Listen: Taylor McFerrin, 'Early Riser'

May 25, 2014 – The beauty of the producer-composer's debut lies in its carefully orchestrated ebb and flow.

D'Angelo with Nelson George (left) onstage at the Brooklyn Museum Wednesday night.

Watch D'Angelo: 'I'm Trying To Go Deep'

May 23, 2014 – The elusive R&B singer on his idols, his process, his teenage years, and, maybe, his new album.


Listen to D'Angelo's conversation with author Nelson George on Wednesday night.

Read A Conversation With D'Angelo

May 20, 2014 – Listen to an interview between the R&B star and author Nelson George, live from Brooklyn.

Lee Fields' new album, Emma Jean, comes out June 3.

Read First Listen: Lee Fields, 'Emma Jean'

May 18, 2014 – The veteran soul singer and his tried-and-true crew exude triumph and lovesickness all at once.

Scene from Pegasus Warning's video for "Change."

Watch Pegasus Warning, 'Change"

May 13, 2014 – Pegasus Warning's new video is a phantasmagorical trip through the mind of frontman Guillermo Brown.

Naomi Shelton

Read Gritty Brooklyn Gospel With Alabama Roots

May 13, 2014 – On "Sinner," Naomi Shelton infuses a gospel confessional with grit, soul and groove.

Candi Staton was recently featured in the documentary Muscle Shoals about the legendary FAME Studios.

Read Candi Staton: This Album Is 'An Anthology Of My Life'

May 12, 2014 – Staton has been a child gospel singer, a '70s soul hit-maker and then, in the '80s, a disco queen.


Kelis gets down during her performance at Apogee Studios in Santa Monica, Calif.

Watch Kelis, 'Friday Fish Fry' (Live) KCRW

April 24, 2014 – The R&B singer packs her 12-piece band onto a small Apogee Studios stage to play "Friday Fish Fry." KCRW

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