Doo-Wop Singer Dion Pays Homage To His Musical Influences

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The latest album by Old 97's is called Graveyard Whistling. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Old 97's On World Cafe

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Pop artist Peter Blake poses beside a copy of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, which he co-designed in 1967. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Why The 'Sgt. Pepper's' Cover Art Matters As Much As The Music

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From left to right: Aria Mason (Rosalia), Ebonee Davis (Piquita) and Kenya Lawrence Jackson (La Flamenca) star in OperaCréole's production of La Flamenca. Cedric A. Ellsworth/Courtesy of OperaCréole hide caption

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A New Orleans Company Shines A Light On Opera's Diverse History

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Khalid's debut album, American Teen, explores timeless themes of love and loss. Kacie Tomita/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Khalid's Timeless Pop Anthems For American Teens

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Jaco Pastorius performs in 1982, around the time when Paul Blakemore engineered his concert at Avery Fisher Hall for NPR's Jazz Alive!. Tom Copi/Courtesy of Resonance Records hide caption

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In A Lost Concert, Jaco Pastorius Sounded The Rhythm Of The City

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Pokey LaFarge's latest album is Manic Revelations. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

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"I'm not gonna be afraid of anything anymore," Juanes says. "I don't want to follow any trends in music. I just wanna [make] music from my heart and my soul — as I did it before." Omar Cruz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Juanes On His Journey Of Self-Discovery

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Kansas City musician Krystle Warren, whose forthcoming album is titled Three the Hard Way, has lived in France for nine years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Paris With Love: A Kansas City Musician Gets Distance And Perspective

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For our interview, Risa, Naoko and Atsuko changed into their signature outfits: geometric-patterned dresses, designed by Atsuko, reminiscent of a Mondrian painting. Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

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Pinegrove's latest release is Elsewhere. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Pinegrove On World Cafe

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ÌFÉ performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Tiana Timmerberg /WXPN hide caption

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Meet Me At The World Cafe: ÌFÉ Performs Live In Philadelphia

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Mac DeMarco's latest album is This Old Dog. Coley Brown/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mac DeMarco On World Cafe

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The Strokes backstage in San Francisco in October 2001, the month the band released its debut album, Is This It in the United States. Anthony Pidgeon/Getty Images hide caption

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever inside the World Cafe studio. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever On World Cafe

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Joshua James' latest album is called My Spirit Sister. Mr Jake Buntjer Photography/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Joshua James On World Cafe

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The late Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, in a portrait taken at her home in California in 2004. J.Emilio Flores/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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By Any Name, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda Was A Force

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"I want you to feel uncomfortable," Bambu says. "It's how I walk in the world every day." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bambu: 'My Music Is Here To Push People To Organize'

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BJ Leiderman is the composer of the theme music for Weekend Edition and other public-radio programs. Brad Nathanson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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BJ Leiderman: 'I'm The Luckiest Composer On The Planet'

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