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Laura Lee and the Jettes on World Cafe

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From top left, clockwise: The Suffers, GIVĒON, Saya Gray, Petrol Girls, Regina Spektor,. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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NPR's favorite music of June, from salty joy to heart-wrenching slow jams

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From left, Leyla McCalla, Saba, and Victoria Legrand of Beach House. Photo illustration: Abel F. Ros/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images, Brad Barket/Getty Images, Mike Windle/Getty Images; Vanessa Leroy for NPR hide caption

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Emperor X takes World Cafe on a tour of a few unexpectedly inspiring places in Berlin. Kimberly Junod/WXPN hide caption

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Emperor X on World Cafe

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Saba (left), Lizzo (center) and Rosalía have released some of our favorite songs of the year so far. Collage by Estefanía Mitre / NPR/Photos courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Von Wegen Lisbeth performs live for World Cafe Kimberly Junod/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Von Wegen Lisbeth on World Cafe

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MUNA self-titled album tops this week's shortlist of the best albums out on June 24. Isaac Schneider/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out June 24

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Mattiel Mini Concert on World Cafe

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Shybits performing live at 8MM Bar in Berlin. Kimberly Junod/WXPN hide caption

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Shybits on World Cafe Sense of Place Berlin

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Joan Jett on World Cafe

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"Working together is a very egoless process," Editrix drummer Josh Daniel (right) says. "We want the music to flow when you listen to it, even if it's jarring." Richard Lenz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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