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What Is The Song Of The Summer?

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Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau authored the book for The Temptations musical, Ain't Too Proud, that tells the origin story of the iconic quintet discovered in her hometown of Detroit. John Lamparski/Getty Images hide caption

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'Ain't Too Proud' Playwright Dominique Morisseau Tackles The Temptations Origin Story

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The musical Ain't Too Proud:The Life and Times of the Temptations, draws from the memories of the original group's only living member, Otis Williams. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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'I Lived Through All That?': The Temptations Musical Hits The High And The Low Notes

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Florence the Machine's High as Hope is on our short list of the best albums out on June 29. Vincent Haycock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday For June 29: Seven Albums You Should Hear Now

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"I used metaphor a lot in earlier work to hide what it was that I was actually trying to say," Florence Welch says. Vincent Haycock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Florence Welch Is Thankful For Her Messy Teenage Years: 'It Formed Me'

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Jesse and Joy Huerta, who make up the Mexican pop duo Jesse & Joy, are considering making English-language albums, and have become vocal advocates for Mexican migrants in the U.S. Carrie Kahn/NPR hide caption

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Mexican-American Duo Jesse & Joy Advocate For Migrants In The U.S.

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Jill Barber's new album Metaphora means "to transfer meaning" in Greek. "It captures a lot of what this album is about, which is my experience in the world as a woman," she says. Ivan Otis /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jill Barber Goes Pop, Minus Some Sweetness

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Roséwave defies easy definition; it's meant to be felt, not understood. Samantha Clark & Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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Roséwave: This Summer, Think Pink

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