Ira Kaplan (left) and James McNew of Yo La Tengo in NPR's New York City studios. Mike Katzif/NPR hide caption

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Masta Ace in New York in July. Polina Yamshchikov for NPR hide caption

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Large Professor earlier this year. Sun Bronx/Courtesy of Distrolord hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar performs onstage in June. His most recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, runs nearly 80 minutes over 16 songs. Earl Gibson/Getty Images for BET hide caption

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Members of the Syrian band Khebez Dawle include (from left to right) Hekmat Qassar on guitar and keyboards, lead guitarist Bashar Darwish, bassist Muhammad Bazz and lead singer Anas Maghrebi. Half the band members are now in Turkey, and are strongly considering seeking asylum in Europe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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