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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.

The Euro Crisis Has A Beat (And You Can Cry To It)

Who says disco is dead? Or that it can't be used to explain complicated news events, like the debt crisis that threatens to disassemble Europe as we know it. A number of eurzone-themed songs are making their way up the monetary charts.

Tracing The Trail Of Musical Fathers

Commentator Miles Hoffman introduces a few famous dads whose children became master musicians.

On 'Banga,' Patti Smith Pays Homage To Friends

Banga is Smith's 11th studio album, her first collection of original material since 2004 and the first record she's released since the publication of her memoir Just Kids. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the music on Banga is marvelously uneven and frequently transporting.

Ice-T Gives A Hip-Hop History Lesson In 'The Art Of Rap'

The rapper and actor says he is paying a debt with his film about hip-hop. "Rap music saved my life," he says.

One Road Trip, One Novelist, One-Fifth Of The Decemberists

Two creative siblings — Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy and writer Maile Meloy — recall a family road trip made memorable by the handful of cassettes in the car.