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Von Wegen Lisbeth on World Cafe

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MUNA. Foreground: Josette Maskin; center-right: Katie Gavins. Back: Naomi McPherson. Isaac Schneider/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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MUNA's new album features growth and an 'astral projection anthem'

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From bebop to hip-hop: Gary Bartz's sax sound shapes many eras

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Shybits on World Cafe Sense of Place Berlin

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The rapper Logic, whose latest album, Vinyl Days, was released June 17. Justin Fleischer/Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Logic is ready to do things his way

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"With the pandemic, with the climate crisis, the world is becoming more and more inhospitable for more and more people," Zola Jesus tells NPR. "Arkhon is about all of that." Shervin Lainez hide caption

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It's been complicated demanding respect and understanding as Cimarrón's leader in a region that's still predominantly machista, Ana Veydó explains. Angela Vives/Ana Veydo hide caption

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Los Llanos are home to cowboys. Cimarrón's music complicates that image

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Joan Jett on World Cafe

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Betsy Newman

Jacob Collier: The whimsical process of creating art

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Bartees Strange explores his journey from 'Farm to Table'

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For pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, Ukraine war adds urgency to his most personal work

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"Rap — this is a whole lifestyle," Pusha T tells NPR. "This is a whole culture." Amy Harris/Amy Harris/Invision/AP hide caption

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On 'It's Almost Dry,' Pusha T plays the long game

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Singer songwriter Margo Cilker has carved out a niche performing original country songs from her home in rural Washington state. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Rural singer-songwriter Margo Cilker's pandemic hustle is paying off

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A crowd entering the theater to see Jurassic Park, photographed on October 5, 1993. Fairfax Media Archives/Fairfax Media via Getty Images hide caption

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The theme to 'Jurassic Park' hasn't aged a day

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Fontaines D.C. on World Cafe

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Wilco members Jeff Tweedy (right) and Glenn Kotche (center) spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about embracing country on their album Cruel Country. Jamie Kelter Davis hide caption

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Jamie Kelter Davis

Wilco releases an out-and-out country music double album with 'Cruel Country'

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Angel Olsen discusses her bittersweet new album, 'Big Time'

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Sharon Van Etten on World Cafe

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Left, drummer Adam Deitch of the band Lettuce, with funk superstar Bootsy Collins. Patti Collins/NPR hide caption

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Bootsy Collins and Lettuce, positively helping to keep the funk alive

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