Mickey Guyton's roséwave playlist celebrates the women who have influenced her. "Turn it up, hug your girlfriends and enjoy!" the country singer-songwriter says.
Jazz artist Nate Smith performing in the Netherlands. Smith's song "Square Wheel" feat. Kokayi and Michael Mayo was one of Jazz Night's favorites of the first half of the year.
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Remember those barely planned, niche antics in the group chat? Grab your girls, choose life and get gone: Let Solange, Stevie Wonder and Janet Jackson soundtrack a summer of feeling yourself.
YWCA camp for girls. Highland Beach, Maryland, 1930. These photos are from the Scurlock Studio Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Read more about the photos at the end of this story.
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Critics widely consider 1971 one of the best years in music history. For NPR's 50th anniversary, public radio stations turn back the clock and reflect on the year's best tracks.
Lil Baby performs during a Juneteenth voter registration rally on June 19, 2020 at Murphy Park Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Ga. One week earlier, he released "The Bigger Picture," a song protesting police brutality.
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What the creator of NPR Music's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts is listening to right now.
San Jose de Gracia, Mexico — July 30, 2021: San Jose de Gracia is nestled in the middle of the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. The community claims that it was founded 200 years ago but today only 12 members are living there. While water first brought the settlement, the rainy season has shifted. This left the community without a waterfall going into the canyon.
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Every summer gets its own unique soundtrack — a fresh batch of hit songs, all vying for an unofficial title: Song Of The Summer. Often these songs are on the wind, everywhere, dominating not just the airwaves, but also the cultural conversation. And sometimes, a song of the summer is just a great new music discovery. So we gathered together a bunch of NPR Music contributors and asked them to name their Song Of The Summer.