"Sometimes when I do receive a song, I do feel like I'm going to the place where that song was originating from," Valerie June says. Jacob Blickenstaff /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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When Valerie June Writes Music, It Begins With A Voice In Her Head

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"I was learning so much in school and becoming a more confident problem solver, but I was losing my identity as a musician," Jesy Fortino says of her time away from Tiny Vipers. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jidenna's new album, The Chief, is a dedication to his late father. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jidenna On What It Means To Be 'The Chief'

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Crowds gather to watch Calle 13's Residente at SXSW's All Latino Resist Concert. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Latin Musicians Bring A Message Of Resistance To SXSW

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Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Bono will take U2's The Joshua Tree on the road this summer for the album's 30th anniversary. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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U2 On 'The Joshua Tree,' A Lasting Ode To A Divided America

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"You cannot stop creating," Garth Brooks says. "That's what I think you're put down here to do." Jeremy Cowart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At SXSW, Garth Brooks Sees The Constants In A Changing Industry

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FAARROW Joins SXSW Bands In Drawing Attention To Travel Ban

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Depeche Mode's latest album is called Spirit. Anton Corbijn/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan On The New Album 'Spirit'

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Tameca Jones got her start singing at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas. Dan Winters/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At SXSW, A Moment With The 'Queen Of Austin Soul'

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"My life and my career is a real anomaly," Nile Rodgers says. "I mean, I'm a 64-year-old black man with a front-line record deal. It's insane." Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Nile Rodgers At SXSW: 'No One Else Can Tell The Story'

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The Sh-Booms entered this year's Tiny Desk Contest with a song called "Audible." YouTube hide caption

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After Leaving Justin Timberlake's Label, A Garage-Soul Singer Forges Her Own Path

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René Pérez Joglar, also known as Residente, performs onstage at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake. Nicola Gell/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Within SXSW, A Smaller, Latino Conference Has Something To Say About America

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Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in Disney's new live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Courtesy of Disney hide caption

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Composer Alan Menken On His Disney Tunes: 'I Prefer Them To Be Hum-able'

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Alynda Segarra founded Hurray for the Riff Raff in New Orleans, but her story begins in a Puerto Rican community in the Bronx. Sarrah Danziger/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Girl, Interrupted: Hurray For The Riff Raff On Identity Lost And Found

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Goldlink's new single is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Goldlink, 'Meditation'

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A collective of musicians from Bronx, N.Y., got together in late January to film video entries to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest — the "Tiny Bronx Contest." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For This Musical Community, The Tiny Desk Contest Was An Excuse To Reunite

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James Mercer is the lead singer and songwriter of The Shins; the band's latest album is called Heartworms. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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James Mercer Says The Shins' New Songs Reflect Changes In Rock — And Himself

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Japandroids is drummer David Prowse (left) and guitarist Brian King. The duo's latest album is Near to the Wild Heart of Life. Camilo Christen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Just What Is 'The Wild Heart Of Life'? Japandroids' Album Title, Explained

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My Name Is Earl is Earl St. Clair's debut solo release. Ryan Jay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After An Unexpected Rise, Earl St. Clair Is Ready For More Surprises

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Marty Stuart's new album is Way Out West. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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World Cafe Nashville: Marty Stuart

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