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Latin Alternative Music Fests Heat Up The Summer

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"You can only write so many songs about your personal struggle," Margo Price says. "I think it's a little more about what's going on outside than what's going on inside." Angelina Castillo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Midland blends honky-tonk with Laurel Canyon country-rock. Harper Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Midland On World Cafe

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Hip Hop deejays Stretch Armstrong (right) aka Adrian Bartos and Bobbito (left) aka Robert Garcia became legends on The Stretch Armstrong Show during the 1990s. Back then, they were hip hop tastemakers on college station WKCR in New York City. Now they're back together hosting "What's Good? With Stretch and Bobbito," an NPR podcast. Nickolai Hammar/NPR/. hide caption

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Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

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Feist On World Cafe

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Turning The Tables with Ann Powers On World Cafe

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit's new album is The Nashville Sound. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell On World Cafe

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The Songs Of Sylvan Esso, Like You've Never Heard Them Before

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Jessica Hernandez describes her music as "Latin-punk-Motown-soul — it's a little bit of everything." Taylor Bonin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jessica Hernandez On Her New Motor City Sound

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Art historian James Merle Thomas (left) and Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen make up the duo Quindar. Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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One Giant Leap For Music: NASA's Sonic History Inspires This Duo

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Billy Bragg says he initially pursued songwriting as a way to escape working in the local car factory. Andy Whale/Courtesy of Faber & Faber hide caption

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

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Can't Prog Rock Get Any Respect Around Here?

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Offa Rex, a new group composed of The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney (center), reimagines traditional English folk music on The Queen Of Hearts. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Offa Rex's Olivia Chaney On The 'Dreamlike Nostalgia' Of English Folk

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After Rapping His Dissertation, A.D. Carson Is UVa's New Hip-Hop Professor

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Fleet Foxes' latest album is Crack-Up. Shawn Brackbill/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Fleet Foxes On World Cafe

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Twins Allison (left) and Katie Crutchfield started out playing music together as teens. Since then, their work has taken them in different directions; each has a new solo album out this year. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Through My Sister's Eyes: Allison And Katie Crutchfield On Each Other's Music

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Charles Lloyd's new album, Passin' Thru, celebrates the 10th anniversary of his New Quartet. Dorothy Darr/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'A Pocketful Of Blues': Charles Lloyd On 'Passin' Thru'

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Sun Seeker's debut EP, Biddeford, comes out July 14. Angelina Costillo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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World Cafe Nashville: Sun Seeker

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