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Announcing The Winner Of The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

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Pianist Leon Fleisher eventually resumed playing with both hands after an injury sidelined him at age 36. Chris Hartlove/Provided by the artist hide caption

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Leon Fleisher, The Pianist Who Reinvented Himself, Dies At 92

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The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler says the decision to make a new album was intuitive. "It just felt like 'Why don't we write a record? This band is as good as it ever sounded.' " Matthew Reeve/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler On The Band's First New Album In 29 Years

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The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals

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Makaya McCraven has a unique style where he makes improvised live recordings, then builds on them in the studio. His new album, which uses this method, is called Universal Beings E&F Sides. David Marques/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Drummer Makaya McCraven, The 'Beat Scientist,' Talks About His New Album

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Pianist Yuja Wang (pictured), violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Eddie Stubbs has been the voice of the Grand Ole Opry for 25 years, but July 29 will be his final broadcast. Rick Diamond/Getty Images hide caption

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Grand Ole Opry Announcer Eddie Stubbs To Retire

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Patrick Ellis worked at Howard University radio station for over 40 years. "He would play music that touched him," says one colleague. "He would play music that he knew touched his audience." WHUR hide caption

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Remembering Radio Host Patrick Ellis, Who Brought The 'Gospel Spirit' To D.C.

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British musician Peter Green, guitarist and co-founder of rock band Fleetwood Mac, circa 1968. Green's family announced his death on Saturday. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Ephrata Cloister in Lancaster County, Pa., created conditions for its inhabitants to become the first known female composers in America. Doug Kerr/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Known Female Composers In America

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The inside of xBk, Tobi Parks' music venue in Des Moines, Iowa. Without help, hers and thousands of other small, independent spaces across the country are at risk of closing. Tobi Parks hide caption

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Independent Venues Face Bleak Future Without Aid

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In a string of deleted tweets, rapper Kanye West claimed that his wife Kim Kardashian was trying to get him hospitalized, following a campaign rally he held on Sunday. Jean-Baptiste LaCroix/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A parking lot in Nashville, photographed on Mar. 31, 2020, after Tennessee's governor issued a stay-at-home order in response to the developing coronavirus crisis. Danielle Del Valle/Getty Images hide caption

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On her first album, Rina Sawayama blends metal and pop and tackles serious issues."It was such a risk to be a musician that I didn't want to do fluffy pop songs and hope it cut through," she says. Hendrik Schneider /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rina Sawayama Wants Her Success To Make Space For Asian Women In Pop Music

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July 21 is the centennial of the birth of Isaac Stern. The violinist worked with his contemporaries, like Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, and went on to mentor the next generation of musicians. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years

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