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In her 2015 memoir, Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon credits The Shangri-Las' speak-sing style as an influence on her own. The '60s girl-group's lead singer, Mary Weiss, died last week. Danielle Neu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Faye Webster and Lil Yachty, both of Atlanta and friends since middle school, collaborate on the new song "Lego Ring," from Webster's upcoming album Underdressed at the Symphony. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 1: Our running list of the year's best songs

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The Philip Glass Ensemble performing Music in Twelve Parts at the Idea Warehouse in 1975, with vocalist Joan La Barbara (far left). The Museum of Modern Art/SCALA/Art Resource, N.Y. hide caption

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Minimalism: a story told in 8 pulses

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Third Coast Percussion's new album, Perspectives, is the group's most accessible. Saverio Truglia/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Third Coast Percussion's borderless music finds inspiration in fleet-footed beats

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Top row, left to right: Teyana Taylor, Run The Jewels; Bottom row, left to right: Phoebe Bridgers, Sault, This Is The Kit Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR Music's No. 1 Albums And Songs Of June

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Anthony Roth Costanzo takes opera to unlikely places, including NPR Music's Tiny Desk. Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR hide caption

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Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

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After meeting in the artistic SoHo loft scene in the early 1970s, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass have been frequent collaborators. Susana Gonzalez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How Laurie Anderson And Philip Glass Were About To Change The World

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Laurie Anderson finds a "calm center" in Etude 10 by Philip Glass. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images hide caption

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Laurie Anderson Finds 'New Ways To Breathe' In A Philip Glass Etude

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Soloman Howard performs as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton's Appomattox. Scott Suchman for WNO hide caption

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With More Story To Tell, Opera 'Appomattox' Gets An Update

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