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In The Digital Era, Hit Songs Aren't Everything

The Internet is the new frontier for song royalties. If ASCAP has its way, law will prevail, but some songwriters and publishers see the organization as a relic.
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In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

"New Orleans buries too many of its young," Wynton Marsalis says in the documentary's introduction. The Whole Gritty City, airing Saturday on CBS, follows young students who take refuge in New Orleans marching bands.
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Heavy Rotation: Shlohmo & Jeremih

Each month NPR Music asks public radio hosts and DJs to pick a favorite new song. Today we'll hear from Jason King, host of I'll Take You There, NPR Music's new 24 hour Soul and R&B stream. He's talking about his pick for Heavy Rotation: "No More" by Jeremih and Shlohmo.
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Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug-Of-War

ASCAP — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — was founded on Feb. 13, 1914, to protect its members' copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music. It hasn't been an easy century; in fact, just about every victory has come as the result of litigation.
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Lake Street Dive: 'Portraits' Of Heartache

The band prides itself on technique over originality, but is nonetheless passionate about its craft.
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Album Review: 'Sun Structures,' By Temples

Listening to Temples, a four-piece band from England, one might be reminded of another British iconic band — The Beatles. But on their debut album, Sun Structures, the group does not create copycat music. Critic Tom Moon says the Fab Four's inspiration lives on in surprisingly creative ways in the music of Temples.
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Singing To The Strength Of New Orleans

As the voice of the band Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Lee Segarra spins stories about her adopted hometown — not the genteel uptown life or the bawdy scene on Bourbon Street, but from the neighborhoods most tourists never see.
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In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.
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Hangin' Tuff: Eric Church Takes A Chance On 'The Outsiders'

Church uses the power he's accrued from hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants.
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The Other Guys: 5 Bands Missing From The British Invasion

The Beatles may have opened the gates for British acts to find success on the American charts — but Lenny Kaye, guitarist of The Patti Smith group and curator of the legendary '60s rock compilation Nuggets, says plenty of worthy groups simply never made the trip.

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