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Freeman Vines and his guitars in 2015. Timothy Duffy hide caption

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Hanging Tree Guitars: The Wood's 'Not Good, Not Bad, Not Ugly — Just Strange'

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The Clark Sisters in August, performing an online concert from a church stage in Detroit. Left to right: Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark, Jacky Clark Chisholm, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Karen Clark Sheard. Stephanie Kamera hide caption

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The rapper Drakeo the Ruler titled his latest album after the prison phone service provider GTL, whose lines he used to record it, leaving a trail to follow the money through a controversial industry. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Drakeo's Acclaimed Album Highlights How Much Prisons Profit From Phone Calls

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From left: Randy Bewley, Curtis Crowe, Vanessa Briscoe Hay and Michael Lachowski. Over two albums and a handful of singles released from 1979-1983, Pylon's music roared with a danceable chaos. Brian Shanley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bright Eyes On World Cafe

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Gloria Estefan: 'It's All About The Drums,' This Time From Brazil

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Nashville star Ruston Kelly surprised fans with the 2019 release Dirt Emo Vol. 1, which puts his own spin on the cult hit "Teenage Dirtbag." His second studio album, Shape & Destroy, is out Aug. 28. Alexa King/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Black Lives Matter mural, being painted on the street outside the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery on July 18, 2020 in Minneapolis. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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New York Philharmonic first violinist Kuan Cheng Lu, playing for a socially distanced audience of two at Lincoln Center on July 31. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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During A Lonely New York Summer, Lincoln Center Brings Music To Essential Workers

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Is Singing Together Safe In The Era Of Coronavirus? Not Really, Experts Say

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"The stuff that used to ring true still does in a way and also doesn't anymore," says Phil Elverum. "The big, huge question I tried to think about with this giant song was mainly how to encompass these contradictions." Katy Hancock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Belinda Carlisle of The Go-Go's. She says at live shows, the band was "a runaway train that could crash at any minute, and I think that's what people respond to." Theresa Kereakes/NPR hide caption

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Briana Younger And Rodney Carmichael On All Things Considered

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