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Frank Ocean's cover of The Isley Brothers' "At Your Best (You Are Love)" shows how the singer is re-imagining R&B for the future by exploding stereotypes about gender.

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Geneviève Castrée says the restlessly icy song was inspired by the Québec punk bands she loved as a teen. "I believe in having a future without forgetting who you really are at the core," she says.

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"Still Trying" reflects on struggling with alcoholism and losing the battle with one's own will. Rateliff performs the song live at Brighton Music Hall in Boston.

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With over 5,000 eligible submissions to our contest, we have a big task ahead of us: sifting through the overwhelming quantity and quality to find the musicians who will play the Tiny Desk.

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In 1965, a happy accident with tape machines, and the words of a Pentecostal preacher, helped launch the celebrated composer's career.

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