The producer Mike WiLL Made-It, whose beats can be heard on the first two singles from DAMN., the new album by Kendrick Lamar. Mary Kang/Courtesy of Universal Music Group hide caption

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"[Goth] was a convenient shorthand for the type of music that you liked if you had a kind of a morbid imagination and favored minor keys," says John Darnielle. Jeremy M. Lange/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aamir Ame co-wrote the viral hit "Dead Eye," a tribute to Kashmiris whose eyesight was damaged by pellet guns used by security forces to quell demonstrations. He calls it his first "political" song. Syed Shahriyar hide caption

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A New Generation Of Kashmir Rappers Vents Its Rage In The Valley

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Listen: Overcoats Perform Music From 'Young,' Plus A Little Amy Winehouse

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Brad Paisley's new album is called Love And War. Jeff Lipsky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Brad Paisley On 'Love And War,' Dialogue And Protest

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Trombone Shorty's new album, Parking Lot Symphony, comes out April 28. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Trombone Shorty Pushes Tradition Forward

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Mona Haydar (center), a Syrian- American artist from Flint, Mich., released her first rap song, "Hijab," along with an accompanying video. Mona Haydar/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her 'Resistance Music' And Video

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Carrie Brownstein performs at Riot Fest on Sept. 2, 2016, in Denver, Colo. Thomas Cooper/Getty Images hide caption

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For Carrie Brownstein, Music Fandom Started At The Record Store

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Ron Boustead's new album is called Unlikely Valentine. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz Vocalist Ron Boustead's Humor Shines On 'Unlikely Valentine'

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Ralph Towner's latest album is My Foolish Heart, named for the Bill Evans tune that changed the way he looked at composition and his instrument. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ralph Towner: An Old Hand With A 'Foolish Heart' (And An Unmatched Style)

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Anders Osborne at his home studio. The New Orleans bluesman is launching a program to help musicians and others in the industry stay sober in a work environment where that can be difficult. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour

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Stephanie Hart (left) and Megan Mullally make up the comedic musical duo Nancy and Beth. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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As Nancy And Beth, Megan Mullally And Stephanie Hunt Are Musical Misfits

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2017 NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (not pictured: Ira Gitler) at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Dinner, sponsored by BMI, on April 2, 2017. Yassine El Mansouri/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

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Killer Mike (left) and George Clinton met up in The SWAG Shop, the barbershop Killer Mike owns in Atlanta. Cameron Robert/NPR hide caption

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George Clinton And Killer Mike: Talking (Barber) Shop

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano's latest album is Jardín. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gabriel Garzón-Montano On World Cafe

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Michael Nesmith (center, foreground) with the other members of The Monkees — Davy Jones (left), Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (right) — in the late 1960s. Henry Diltz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Michael Nesmith On 'Infinite Tuesday' And Touring With Hendrix

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"Home is my music," says Jeanne Galice, a.k.a. Jain. "I can bring it everywhere and I will feel safe." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Globetrotting Singer Jain, Every Place Has Meaning

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"I was just happy to be alive growing up," GoldLink says. "I just didn't even know if I could make it, 'cause a lot of kids that I knew did not make it." Polly Irungu/NPR hide caption

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GoldLink On Go-Go And Making The Best Of A Bittersweet History

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"I realized that it doesn't fit me to be any bigger than the music is," John Mayer says. "It was like me walking around with a really tight shirt for a couple of years." Frank Ockenfells/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Mayer On World Cafe

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