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A dreamy tune from Girlpool, Yoko Ono's new take on "Imagine," genre-spanning Phony Ppl and more in this week's musical round-up

Phony Ppl: somethinG about your love.

From their new album mō’zā-ik. (available to stream in its entirety on NPR today), Phony Ppl‘s “somethinG about your love.” is a sunny tune that—like all of the BK-based band’s music—bounces between several genres. The entire album spans neo-soul, hip-hop, funk, bossa nova, pop and just about everything between, in a delightfully satisfying and infectious manner. While the five-piece has gone through a few line-up changes since 2015’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow, the music remains unfettered and playful without feeling hollow.

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“Lyrics to Life” Pop-Up Exhibition, LA

Inspired by iconic song lyrics, a show that's extremely photogenic

by Kyle Ryamond Fitzpatrick Featuring artwork by Aminé, Devin Troy, Peggy Noland, Typoe and more, Genius and Dropbox joined forces for a pop-up exhibition inspired by song lyrics. Opening today and running through the weekend, “Lyrics to Life” is a playful, ultimately photogenic show. Genius CEO and Co-Founder Tom Lehman tells us, “Every time you listen to a song, the same lyric in people’s head …

Interview: Grammy Award-Winning Icon Nile Rodgers

One of the music industry's legends on his decades of success and keeping time

In 1980 Nile Rodgers received his first Grammy nomination—as a songwriter on the Sister Sledge hit “We Are Family.” A year later he received another with “Upside Down,” which he produced for Diana Ross. As awards shows go, he wouldn’t win—until 2014. That year, his collaborations with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams (the track “Get Lucky” and album Random Access Memories) would take home three …