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"It's just surreal to me," Isaiah Rashad tells NPR Music. "It feels like I'm still working in like my old fast food s***, no matter how many times we do this." Spencer Sease/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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1960 Olympic decathlete gold medalist Rafer Johnson of the United States after climbing the stairs of the Memorial Coliseum prepares to light the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the XXIII Olympic Games on July, 28,1984 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Tony Duffy/Getty Images hide caption

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When she first heard Fiona Apple's album 1996 Tidal, writer Lindsay Zoladz says the record stood out to her for how it "validated [her] experience of pain." Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR/Getty Images hide caption

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In "Side Street," a promotional video for his new album Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, The Creator plays out a fantasy version of a narrative that appears on the album's climactic song, "Wilshire," in which he engages in a deep but doomed emotional affair with the girlfriend of one of his friends. Courtesy of the artist/Screen shot from YouTube hide caption

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Shemekia Copeland performs at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, NJ. Mitra I. Arthur/NPR hide caption

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Shemekia Copeland, Modern Guardian Of The Blues

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Funkadelic is the result of George Clinton flirting with psychedelic music, a style he describes as "loud R&B." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain' At 50: R&B, Psychedelic Rock And A Black Guitarist's Cry

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25-year-old hip-hop artist Shelem released his latest single "Suga Wata" on July 20. Lilly Dyer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gente de Zona's "Patria y Vida" (pictured, right: Randy Malcom in Miami) reclaims a slogan made popular at the birth of the Cuban revolution, "Patria o Muerte" (Homeland or Death), 62 years ago. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Audience members assembled on the lawn to enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra, newly returned to Tanglewood after last season's cancellation. Hilary Scott/Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Back Together And Blown Away: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Returns To Tanglewood

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In a time when facts are political, Amarante thinks "maybe theater, drama, can be remembered as a vehicle to reflect a truth." Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Rodrigo Amarante And His Great Musical Tantrum

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Alice Coltrane, widow of jazz great John Coltrane, playing the piano in her California home, in front of a portrait of her late husband. Despite having practiced music since a very early age, Alice Coltrane's work only somewhat recently began to be recognized. J.Emilio Flores/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Attacca Quartet members Amy Schroeder, Domenic Salerni, Andrew Yee and Nathan Schram dig into dance music on their new CD. David Goddard/Sony Classical hide caption

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From Haydn To Flying Lotus, Attacca Quartet Embraces Music Non-Stop

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