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Country star Ruston Kelly surprised fans with the 2019 release Dirt Emo Vol. 1, which puts his own spin on the cult hit "Teenage Dirtbag." His second studio album, Shape & Destroy, is out Aug. 28. Alexa King/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New York Philharmonic first violinist Kuan Cheng Lu, playing for a socially distanced audience of two at Lincoln Center on July 31. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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During A Lonely New York Summer, Lincoln Center Brings Music To Essential Workers

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'The South Got Something To Say' Is A Celebratory Canon Of Southern Rap

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Beyoncé puts a conversation about Africa on the front line with her visual album Black Is King, which premiered on Disney+. Parkwood Entertainment/Disney + via AP hide caption

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Much like the culture it originates from, Southern hip-hop is going to continue to grow and redefine itself as artists live, people move and neighborhoods change. Jahdai Kilkenny for NPR hide caption

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"The stuff that used to ring true still does in a way and also doesn't anymore," says Phil Elverum. "The big, huge question I tried to think about with this giant song was mainly how to encompass these contradictions." Katy Hancock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A New Documentary Shines A Spotlight On The Lyricist Behind The Disney Renaissance

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Twerking, and the music born in its image, creates a liberating space for those gathered on this side and the other. Jahdai Kilkenny for NPR hide caption

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Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go's. She says at live shows, the band was "a runaway train that could crash at any minute, and I think that's what people respond to." Theresa Kereakes/NPR hide caption

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Meet Linda Diaz, The Winner Of The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

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Briana Younger And Rodney Carmichael On All Things Considered

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