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Daddy Yankee helped build a global market for reggaeton — but he also illustrated how much political power the genre wields. Victor Bizar Gomez for NPR hide caption

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At the Appalachian School of Luthiery in Hindman, Ky., days after July's catastrophic floods, luthier Kris Patrick searches through the mud-caked remains of instruments and materials. Arden S. Barnes/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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The Super Deluxe version of The Beatles album Revolver includes a remixed version of the original recordings, outtakes, demos and more. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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You've never heard The Beatles' 'Revolver' sound like this

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Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma reflects on his journey down a 'Dirt Road' in N. Carolina

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Bono discusses his new memoir, 'Surrender,' and the faith at U2's core

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Composer Julia Wolfe at the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's world premiere of her piece Her Story on Sept. 15, 2022. Kurt Heinecke/Nashville Symphony hide caption

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Our biggest orchestras are finally playing more music by women. What took so long?

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That Loretta Lynn sang about women's struggles while masterfully projecting the image of an uncorrupted country girl made her all the more convincing as an artist. Star Tribune via Getty Images hide caption

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Dancer Calvin "Cal" Hunt during rehearsals for Tyshawn Sorey's Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) at the Park Avenue Armory on Sept. 24, 2022. Laylah Amatullah Barrayn for NPR hide caption

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The Oakland artist Spellling is one of countless musicians this year to have tours disrupted by a band member catching COVID-19, with costly and draining consequences. Illustration by Jackie Lay/Photo by Sharon Lopez/NPR/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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