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Rodrigo Amarante finished writing and recording his latest album, Drama, at his home studio in LA during the pandemic. He says his writing table is separated from the rest of his studio, a sacred space where no machines are allowed, just pen and paper. When he's ready to commit to the words, he records them using a typewriter. Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Rodrigo Amarante Throws a Musical Tantrum in Latest Album, 'Drama'

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Rhiannon Giddens

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Christone "Kingfish" Ingram is a 22-year-old blues guitarist and singer, whose debut album, Kingfish, was a chart-topping success. His second studio album, 662, is out July 23. Laura Carbone/Courtesy of Alligator Records hide caption

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Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram Reflects On Leaving – And Sharing – '662'

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"I want to give girls like me that confidence and that feeling of power and beauty," WILLOW tells NPR Music. "And that's the only reason why I do anything." Dana Trippe/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Islands on World Cafe

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Questlove, here at the Grammys in January 2020, says the pandemic has changed him. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for the Recording Academy hide caption

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For Questlove, The Pandemic Meant Embracing Quiet — And Buying A Farm

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Audience members assembled on the lawn to enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra, newly returned to Tanglewood after last season's cancellation. Hilary Scott/Boston Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Back Together And Blown Away: The Boston Symphony Orchestra Returns To Tanglewood

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Alligator Records Founder Bruce Iglauer On 50 Years Of Celebrating The Blues

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In a time when facts are political, Amarante thinks "maybe theater, drama, can be remembered as a vehicle to reflect a truth." Jessica Pons for NPR hide caption

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Rodrigo Amarante And His Great Musical Tantrum

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Garbage On World Cafe

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Tower Of Power, Doc Kupka (L) and Emilio Castillo (R) Brian Rachlin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tower of Power on World Cafe

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Alice Coltrane, widow of jazz great John Coltrane, playing the piano in her California home, in front of a portrait of her late husband. Despite having practiced music since a very early age, Alice Coltrane's work only somewhat recently began to be recognized. J.Emilio Flores/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Junkie XL on World Cafe

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Rostam On World Cafe

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Puerto Rican superstar Rauw Alejandro's "Todo de Ti" has taken the Latin pop world by storm. Marik Curet/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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No Boundaries On The Island: The Music Of Puerto Rico

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Attacca Quartet members Amy Schroeder, Domenic Salerni, Andrew Yee and Nathan Schram dig into dance music on their new CD. David Goddard/Sony Classical hide caption

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From Haydn To Flying Lotus, Attacca Quartet Embraces Music Non-Stop

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Joy Oladokun, performing on June 20, 2021 in Nashville. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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Joy Oladokun Finds Her Spotlight

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Counting Crows on World Cafe

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Jimmy Jam, left, and Terry Lewis stand after being acknowledged by inductee Janet Jackson during the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the Barclays Center on March 29, 2019 in New York. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For The Rock and Ro hide caption

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Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis, Legendary Hitmakers, Release Their First Album

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Shungudzo on World Cafe

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Play It Forward: Singer Constance Hauman On Harmony, Rhythm, Opera And Funk

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