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John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot

Bluesman John Hammond was at a recording session in 1992 when a surprise guest arrived on the scene. His new live album, Timeless, includes the song he reaped that day and many others from his 50-year career.
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Rachel Ries' Album Reflects Her Urban-Rural Split

Sometimes you need to get away from the thing you love. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to singer Rachel Ries about her new album, Ghost of a Gardener, which she produced after taking a couple years off from music.
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The Sunny Grunge Of Mozes And The Firstborn

The Dutch garage pop group Mozes and The Firstborn has a self-titled debut album out this month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Melle Dielesen of the band.
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A Man, A Plan, A Concept Album About Panama

Danilo Pérez got his start playing piano with Dizzy Gillespie. The celebrated composer's latest project is an ambitious one: 500 years of trade, exploration and colonization represented in music.
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo On A Mission To Preserve Culture

South Africa's award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are first and foremost a family. Members Albert Mazibuko and Babuyile Shabalala tell host Michel Martin what's kept the group together for 50 years, and share a bit of their signature sound. This segment originally aired Jan. 30, 2014, on Tell Me More.
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Pop Music Lags Dealing With Interracial Love Anxieties

Interracial romances have been featured in American popular music for more than a century. But pop singers no longer croon about miscegenation even as the number of interracial and inter-ethnic marriages has sharply risen.
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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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