Yo La Tengo plays the music you hear between Morning Edition stories in Studio 1. Lani Milton/NPR hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar performs onstage in June. His most recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, runs nearly 80 minutes over 16 songs. Earl Gibson/Getty Images for BET hide caption

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Members of the Syrian band Khebez Dawle include (from left to right) Hekmat Qassar on guitar and keyboards, lead guitarist Bashar Darwish, bassist Muhammad Bazz and lead singer Anas Maghrebi. Half the band members are now in Turkey, and are strongly considering seeking asylum in Europe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bob Dylan in the studio in the summer of 1965, while recording Highway 61 Revisited, which was mostly produced by Bob Johnston. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Grateful Dead fans gather in the parking lot before a show this summer at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Omaha rapper Conchance outside of Make Believe Studios near downtown Omaha, Neb. Courtesy of Clay Masters hide caption

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Over time, Aether's Cone speaker uses an algorithm to learn the taste of its owner, and offers time- and location-specific recommendations. Photo illustration/Photos via NASA and courtesy of Aether hide caption

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Rickie Lee Jones' new album, The Other Side of Desire, will be out on June 23. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Noah Wall recorded Live at Guitar Center in Manhattan, but really, it could have been in any showroom. Courtesy of Guitar Center hide caption

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"In the metal community, there's a fascination with the tangible aspect of things," says Albert Mudrian, editor of metal magazine Decibel. Bruno Guerreiro /Courtesy of Decibel hide caption

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One of the record presses on the floor at the Quality Record Pressings plant in Salina, Kan. Courtesy of Acoustic Sounds hide caption

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Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (left) will put out his first album under his own name next month. Katie Crutchfield just put out her third album as Waxahatchee on Merge. Lissa Gotwals/Jesse Riggins/Courtesy of Merge Records hide caption

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Lower Dens singer and songwriter Jana Hunter writes that her band's new album, Escape From Evil, is typified by "warmth and physicality." Frank Hamilton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A musician plays on the street in Austin on the opening day of the 2015 South by Southwest music festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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