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In the metal bands Sleep and High on Fire, Matt Pike has always looked to esoteric sources. Over the last decade, however, he's found inspiration in the conspiracy theories of David Icke. Photo Illustration by Estefania Mitre/NPR; Getty Images hide caption

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Skylar Tang, a 16-year-old from the San Francisco Bay area, is the winner of the Dr. J. Douglas White Composing & Arranging Contest. John Clayton/ Skylar Tang hide caption

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Who says big band jazz is for old people? Not this teenage composer.

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Talib Kweli of the rap duo Black Star, photographed performing in New York City on July 22, 2017. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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Talib Kweli on Black Star's return: 'We stand tall on the shoulders of our ancestors'

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Mazel Tov Cocktail Party's influences are global, but the sound they create is uniquely their own. Laura Carbone/Kathleen Tagg hide caption

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Mazel Tov Cocktail Party: Take an ounce of hip hop, dash of polka, then square dance

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The nouveau swing of Donald Harrison Jr., Big Chief and NEA Jazz Master

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In Dua Lipa's ever-expanding world, 'there's no time limit and there's no what-ifs'

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Tomberlin's sophomore album, i don't know who needs to hear this..., is a beautiful patchwork of expansive sounds that explores a wide spectrum of emotions. Michelle Yoon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Culture Corner: The Beasite Boys

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Rapper-activist Linqua Franqa is on a mission to change both music and politics

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Rosalía's music, persona and visuals are gripping in a way that's distinct from your typical pop star. Daniel Sannwald hide caption

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Rosalía is unafraid to pull from every corner of the world

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Since the start of her career, Bonnie Raitt's performance of roadhouse rockers, pop ballads, funky sophistication and plenty else has evidenced a deep understanding of mutuality and its absence. Her new album, Just Like That..., is out April 22. Ken Friedman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Foster, Charles Mingus, Roy Brooks, Charles McPherson performs live. Aout 1972. Photo : Christian Rose/Fastimage Christian Rose/Fastimage/Christian Rose/Fastimage hide caption

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