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Abdullah Ibrahim's latest album, The Balance, is out now. Marina Umari/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Finding 'The Balance': Jazz Legend Abdullah Ibrahim Looks To Past, Present And Future

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Let's Rock, The Black Keys' first album in five years, returns to the stripped-down, chugging blues-rock of the duo's early days. Alysse Gafkjen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After Years Apart, The Black Keys Get Back To Basics

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Bandits on the Run, composed of members Adrian Enscoe, Sydney Shepherd and Regina Strayhorn, submitted a stand-out video to the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest. Sophia Schrank/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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These Tiny Desk Contest Entrants Bring Mini-Symphonies To The NYC Subway

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Clockwise from left: Lizzo, Gary Clark Jr., Maggie Rogers Lizzo (Lissa Alicia/WXPN), Gary Clark Jr. (Frank Maddocks/Courtesy of the artist), Maggie Rogers (Olivia Bee/Courtesy of the artist) hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

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Ben Dickey performing live at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert - Recorded live for this session. Gabriela Barbieri/WXPN hide caption

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Ben Dickey On World Cafe

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Johnathan Rice On World Cafe

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The Raconteurs (L-R): Jack Lawrence, Jack White, Patrick Keeler, Brendan Benson David James Swanson/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Raconteurs Mark Its Return: 'We Have This Chemistry'

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"I am what I talk about in my music. I am Pinay, I'm powerful, I'm fearless, I'm unfiltered," Ruby Ibarra says. Donna Ibarra/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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This Tiny Desk Contestant Rapped A Love Letter To Her Immigrant Mother

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Back in 1995, Pixar hired Newman because of his warm, Americana sound and his witty bite. Pamela Springsteen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Randy Newman, The Musical Voice Of 'Toy Story'

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John Prine On Music, Cancer And Why He Never Expected To Be A Recording Artist

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Willie Nelson's Ride Me Back Home is out today. Pamela Springsteen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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The Cactus Blossoms performing at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia during WXPN's Free At Noon Concert - recorded live World Cafe. Gabriela Barbieri/WXPN hide caption

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The Cactus Blossoms On World Cafe

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Marissa Nadler On World Cafe

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Ronson's latest album, Late Night Feelings, is due out June 21 via RCA Records. Collier Schorr/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After Years Of Hit-Making For Others, Mark Ronson Puts His Feelings 1st

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