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Zhalarina entered the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest with her song "Lala." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tiny Desk Contest entrant Zhalarina on the paternal bond that inspired 'Lala'

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The Washington, D.C.-based band Oh He Dead entered its song "The Foreigner" into the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tiny Desk Contest entrant Oh He Dead on newfound motherhood and love

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Z The Author submitted the song "Khali's Interlude" to the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest. Erin Porter/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meet Z The Author, a standout artist from the 2021 Tiny Desk Contest

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Alligator Records Founder Bruce Iglauer On 50 Years Of Celebrating The Blues

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Jan. 19, 2017: Douma — A young girl blows bubbles. Bassam Khabieh/Reuters hide caption

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Blowing Bubbles And Running From Bombs: The Reality Of War For The Children Of Syria

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Music journalist Betto Arcos gathers his favorite reports from prolific career in Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio. Erik Esparza/Courtesy of the author hide caption

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Betto Arcos Shares The Power Of Community In 'Music Stories From The Cosmic Barrio'

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Britton Smith was a standout entrant to the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest. Hannah Sider for Boys by Girls/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Dust Off Your Wings': Tiny Desk Contestant Britton Smith On Pride And Potential

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Linda Ronstadt in the documentary Linda and the Mockingbirds. Ronstadt is set to be honored in the Legend category by the Hispanic Heritage Awards. PCH Films hide caption

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Linda Ronstadt, A Hispanic Heritage 'Legend,' On Staying Connected

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Meaghan Maples, aka Mama Haze, was one of the standout artists in the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Medicating With Music': How One Tiny Desk Contest Entrant Heals Through Song

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"I've always loved music," says Lauren Eylise. "It's my second language." Her song "Peaks and Valleys" caught the attention of NPR Music's judges for the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest Kevin J. Watkins/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Meet Lauren Eylise, A Standout Performer From The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

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"I've deliberately taken a lot of time to do things on my own terms and in my own time," Jacob Collier says. "I've almost deliberately crafted a space where I can keep on changing things musically and keep on experimenting." Dyan Jong/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jacob Collier On Creating The Negative Space Of 'Djesse Vol. 3'

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When she quit music eight years ago, Kathleen Edwards says she felt "a huge sense of relief." After taking time for herself (and opening up a coffee shop), she's back with a new album, Total Freedom. Remi Theriault/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kathleen Edwards On Taking A Break From Music And Finding 'Total Freedom'

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Woods' album Strange To Explain was inspired by sleepless nights after singer Jeremy Earl became a father. "Those first few months of having a newborn kind of put me in a dreamlike state," he says. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Inspired By Sleepless Nights, The New Woods Album Is 'Strange To Explain'

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NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Marin Alsop about the end of her tenure as musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a less heralded part of her career: her 1980s swing band. Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Marin Alsop On Her Swing Orchestra And Stepping Down From The Baltimore Symphony

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Harry Nilsson's concept album The Point — about a round-headed boy in a world where everything is pointy — turns 50 this year. Stan Meagher/Getty Images hide caption

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50 Years Of 'The Point,' Harry Nilsson's Wonderful, Weird Musical Fable

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