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The Record
7:21 am
Tue June 25, 2013

On John Grant And Healing Yourself

John Grant.
Sebastien Dehesdin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 1:59 pm

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The Record
5:38 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Remembering The Multidimensional Music Of Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Bobby "Blue" Bland performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, in 1989.
David Redfern Redferns

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

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Author Interviews
4:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

In his new memoir, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson describes his life in music — and how he mimicked beats at just 10 months old.
Danny Clinch Grand Central Publishing

About 25 years ago, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter were students in a Philadelphia high school and they wanted to impress a girl. So they formed a band ... which would go on to become the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop band The Roots. Questlove, the drummer for The Roots, says that for him, a musical future was preordained. As he recounts in a new memoir, Mo' Meta Blues, his father, Lee Andrews — a member of the successful 1950s doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts — groomed Questlove for show business from an early age.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:42 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Patty Griffin: Tiny Desk Concert

Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:25 pm

Patty Griffin has always had a gift for locating a song's nerve endings; for surveying her subject matter and identifying the most efficient possible pathways to listeners' emotions. Her warm, wise voice is comforting, inviting and relatable, even — perhaps especially — as she tackles weighty subjects like middle age and the death of a parent.

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Microphone Check
3:45 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs

J. Cole performing at KMEL Summer Jam in Oakland, Calif., on June 9.
Steve Jennings Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 6:18 pm

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With J Cole

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Music News
9:06 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Waxahatchee: A Lonesome Voice, Raised In Basements

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee relaxes in the west Philadelphia house where her second album, Cerulean Salt, was recorded.
Will Figg for NPR

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:13 pm

"I kind of came to everyone and was like, 'Guys. What if we call it ... Blue.' "

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The Summer of '63
4:57 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Shake, Rattle And Rally: Code Songs Spurred Activism In Birmingham

When played on the radio in 1963, songs like Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" were code to Birmingham youths, telling them to assemble.
Jan Persson Redferns

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

In 1963, civil rights activists wanted to recruit more of the city's young people to the cause. The way to their hearts was often through DJs and music. These days, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart is the head of a major marketing firm, but in the 1950s and '60s, he was a popular DJ in Birmingham, Ala.

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Microphone Check
4:02 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Statik Selektah On Boom Bap And His Mom's Favorite Rapper

Statik Selelktah.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 11:42 am

  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Frannie Kelley With Statik Selektah

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The Record
5:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The-Dream On Why We All Need R&B

The-Dream performing in New York City in May.
Daniel Zuchnik Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 7:53 am

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Thistle and Shamrock
2:09 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Heading South

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Fiona Ritchie celebrates the musical connections that captured her attention when she first traveled in the U.S. in the early 1980s by exploring the music of the Southern Mountains.

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