Jason Molina performs in Barcelona with Magnolia Electric Co. in 2009. Jordi Vidal/Redferns hide caption

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"We're fans, just like the people that come to see us," says Rich Kosak (far right), who plays the role of KISS vocalist Paul Stanley in the Ohio tribute band Mr. Speed. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A few of the D'Angelico guitars set to be auctioned, pictured here at the GTR showroom in New York City. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Kishi Bashi performs at The Dirty Dog in Austin, Texas during the 2014 South by Southwest Music festival. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption

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With a Bjork-like voice and a heart-breaking vibe out of The Sundays, Kristal and Jonny Boy's set at Cedar Street Courtyard was enthralling performance art. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Skrillex skipped the main room at Empire and went straight to the DJ booth, with fans watching from building tops. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Damon Albarn performs at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Texas. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Neil Young speaks about Pono, his new high-quality digital audio system, at SXSW. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption

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Who brings a confetti cannon to a fun fight? Calliope Musicals does. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons performs onstage at the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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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Mastering engineer Emily Lazar poses with producer Scott Jacoby (top right) and members of the band School is Cool at her Manhattan studio, The Lodge. The Lodge hide caption

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Bruce Springsteen performing in November at Madison Square Garden. Jemal Countess/Getty Images hide caption

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