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Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay Z onstage at the Tidal launch event. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Jay Z's Music Service, Tidal, Arrives With A Splash, And Questions Follow

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John Renbourn performs onstage at the Royal Festival Hall in London June 29, 2008. The influential guitarist died at his home in Scotland Thursday. He was 70. Barney Britton/Redferns hide caption

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Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

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Mingering Mike's Joseph War & Friend, 'As High As The Sky' (mixed media on paperboard). Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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The Tale Of Mingering Mike, Who Painted Himself A Music Career

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Lower Dens singer and songwriter Jana Hunter writes that her band's new album, Escape From Evil, is typified by "warmth and physicality." Frank Hamilton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: 'Carrie & Lowell' By Sufjan Stevens

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A Nile Project concert in Al Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt, 31 January, 2013. Courtesy of Matjaz Kacicnik/Nile Project hide caption

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Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

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A musician plays on the street in Austin on the opening day of the 2015 South by Southwest music festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Listen to All Songs at SXSW 2015 - Tuesday

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Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

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Aaron Watson on stage during the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Fanfest in Las Vegas in 2014. Mindy Small/Getty Images hide caption

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Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

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At SXSW 2014, pop star Lady Gaga performed on a stage made to look like a five-story-tall Doritos vending machine, which won't be returning this week. Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

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The newest album by The Muffinz, Do What You Love, tackles heavy issues such as politics, race and education. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In South Africa, Soulful Music Delivers Serious Messages

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From Bored To Blown Away: Feline Reactions To 'Music For Cats'

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