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8:48 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Madlib, the voice and producer behind Quasimoto.
Mathew Scott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 10:57 am

This month on Heavy Rotation — the series in which public-radio hosts and DJs share their favorite new songs — we have music from all over the map. Hip-hop, punk, EDM, folk, pop: It's all here. Meet this month's panel of pickers:

  • David Dye, host of NPR's World Cafe
  • Rita Houston, program director of WFUV in New York City
  • David Brown, host of Texas Music Matters for KUTX in Austin
  • Jessi Whitten, music director at Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir indie station
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A Blog Supreme
8:01 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Ben Tucker: Remembering A Bassist And Citywide Icon

Ben Tucker.
Savannah College of Art and Design Courtesy of Savannah Music Festival

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The Record
5:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Country Music's Year Of The Woman

Miranda Lambert performing in April at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where she won best song, best record and best female vocalist for the fourth year in a row. The Lambert Effect has opened doors for many of the new hopefuls blending hard country sounds with feminist-aware attitudes.
Kevin Winter/ACMA2013 Getty Images for ACM

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 6:41 am

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The Record
2:34 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Hot 97's Summer Jam: A Referendum On Hip-Hop

The close of Kendrick Lamar's set at Summer Jam on Sunday, when Top Dawg and A$AP Rocky's crews joined him onstage.
Ilya S. Savenok Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 6:44 pm

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Thistle and Shamrock
1:34 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Thistle And Shamrock: Easy Does It

Dougie MacLean
Courtesy of the artist

There's more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes. Kick back with some soothing voices and some free-spirited instrumentals.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Tue June 4, 2013

'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

Soprano Natalie Dessay, with tenor Charles Castonovo, in Philippe Béziat's documentary Becoming Traviata.
Distrib Films

It's easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.

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Music Interviews
4:57 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Authentic Early Jazz, From A 23-Year-Old 'WomanChild'

Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild.
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

Jazz musicians Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry pr

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Author Interviews
4:14 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Hello Muddah, Hello Drama: The Brief Bloom Of Parodist Allan Sherman

Allan Sherman released three albums between October 1962 and August 1963.
Courtesy Robert Sherman

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

The summertime novelty tune "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" has been pouring out of radios for 50 years now. In late July of 1963, Billboard magazine reported that fans were "actually breaking down doors" of record stores to buy the song about the pains of summer camp.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:00 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

OK Go: A Tiny Desk Concert In 223 Takes

OK Go performs a special Tiny Desk Concert.
Lizzie Chen NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 11:14 am

The Tiny Desk has moved, and OK Go has helped make it so.

Earlier this year, we needed to figure out the best possible way to move my Tiny Desk from NPR's old headquarters to our new facility just north of the U.S. Capitol. We wanted to go out with a bang and arrive at our new space in style, so our thoughts naturally turned to a catchy pop band we love: OK Go, whose unforgettable videos have been viewed tens of millions of times on YouTube.

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The Record
8:03 am
Mon June 3, 2013

How To Cover A Dance Track

Umphrey McGee playing Stubbs in Austin, Texas, the night the band covered Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
Abby Matthews

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 12:56 pm

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