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PinkPantheress reimagines garage music for a new generation

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Tracy Chapman's debut album "was the music that I needed at a time when I felt pressure to know everything before it was taught," says writer and scholar Francesca T. Royster. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images; Courtesy of Elektra Records hide caption

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"My music is where I'm able to release feelings and have fun with it," Wolf tells NPR. "I love for my shows to be a big party. So when I'm performing, if it's my release, I want it to be a release for other people." Alma Rosaz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine on World Cafe

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In the third part of our series exploring crossover in pop music, we reexamine the so-called "Latin explosion" of the '90s: what it was supposed to be for audiences across the U.S., and what it actually came to represent. Blake Cale for NPR hide caption

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A pioneer of the modern music festival, George Wein co-founded the Newport Jazz and Newport Folk festivals and helped launch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He died Sept. 13 at 95. Jonathan Chimene/WBGO hide caption

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Thirty-five years ago, Janet Jackson released an album that changed the course of her career, and of pop music. Blake Cale for NPR hide caption

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New documentary remembers the tragic life of folk singer Karen Dalton

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Musician/activist Natalia Serna (aka La Muna) is featured in one of the stories from the border this week. Noelle Haro-Gomez./palaabra/NAHJ hide caption

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Humanity Has No Border on La Frontera

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Across Brandi Carlile's new record, In These Silent Days, she sounds assured, content and, often, joyful. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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American jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor (1921 - 2010) at his home in New York City, 18th April 1991. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images) Barbara Alper/Getty Images hide caption

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The Urban Griot, Dr. Billy Taylor: A Centennial Celebration

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Rather than a heroic journey, the story at the center of Blanchard's opera is one of self-discovery, with an assured, tactile specificity which includes a boistrous fraternity step routine that opens Act III. Ken Howard/Met Opera hide caption

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Soul Train made its national television premiere 50 years ago, in October 1971. Blake Cale for NPR hide caption

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Colette Maze, now 107, began playing the piano at age 5 and defied the social conventions of her day to embrace it as a profession rather than as a pastime. Her son first arranged for her performances to be recorded when she was in her 90s. She has just released her sixth album. Family photo; Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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This French Pianist Has Been Playing For 102 Years And Just Released A New Album

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Olivia Rodrigo performs "good 4 u" during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2021. John Shearer/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS hide caption

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Kacey Musgraves: 'Star-Crossed' And Thriving

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Kanye West is seen at a Donda listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music hide caption

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