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Killer Mike: On Ronald Reagan And Raising Daughters

Atlanta rapper Michael Santiago Render, known professionally as Killer Mike, released his sixth album this month, and his U.S. tour kicks off Tuesday. He explains to Morning Edition that he wants rap music to be embraced like jazz, blues or gospel. "What's more gospel than rap music?" he asks.
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Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

To prepare for her new album, Girl Talk, McGarry researched what her singing idols — including Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day — sounded like in conversation.
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One Father, Eight Sons, Nine Shiny Brass Bells

A veteran jazzman and his musical family put their horns together on their first collaborative release, Kelan Philip Cohran and The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
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Bonnie Raitt: A Brand-New Model For A Classic Sound

The roots-rock singer-guitarist's latest album, Slipstream, is her first in seven years. It's Raitt's debut release on Redwing Records, the label she founded and runs with the help of a small staff.
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Glen Hansard: The Best Songs Come 'As A Gift'

On the occasion of his first proper solo album, the Oscar-winning singer-songwriter says his favorite tunes to play are those that arrive in sudden flashes of inspiration.
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The Most Annoying Songs Of The Summer (So Far)

Jim Nayder, host of Chicago Public Radio's The Annoying Music Show!, joins Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon to share four summery songs that make him cringe with glee.

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