Alynda Lee Segarra is the lead singer and songwriter of the New Orleans folk ensemble Hurray for the Riff Raff. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Suzanne Vega performs at a Tiny Desk concert in January 2014. Meredith Rizzo/Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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St. Paul and the Broken Bones' new album, Half the City, comes out Feb. 18. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lost In The Trees' new album, Past Life, comes out Feb. 18. DL Anderson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Shadows on stage in the 1960s. The British rock act, formed as a backing band for singer Cliff Richard (center), was among the U.K. acts who stayed behind as The Beatles and others were cresting in America. Paul Popper/Getty Images hide caption

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Ed Sullivan smiles while standing with The Beatles on the set of his variety show on Feb. 9, 1964. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of The Beatles play in the snow outside Washington, D.C.'s Coliseum where they were scheduled to perform before a sell-out audience in 1964. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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