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All Songs Considered
10:48 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Song Premiere: Robert Forster, 'Learn To Burn'

Robert Forster.
Stephen Booth Courtesy of the artist

Look at the liner notes to any record by The Go-Betweens, and every song is co-credited "R. Forster/G. McLennan." Perhaps it was out of mutual respect, perhaps it was out of creative solidarity, but as with "Lennon/McCartney," fans of the Australian rock band could always tell who wrote what song; Grant McLennan and Robert Forster's distinct songwriting, vocal and guitar personalities were always on full display.

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All Songs Considered
9:36 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Song Premiere: Lou Barlow, 'Moving'

Lou Barlow's latest solo album, Brace The Wave, is due out Sep. 4 on Joyful Noise.
Rachel Enneking

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 9:56 am

Lou Barlow has always been a restless - often anxious - old soul. In three decades of making music, first with Dinosaur Jr., later with Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, the guitarist and songwriter has tried to make sense of his place in the world with a prolific run of spare, emotionally raw, and plain-spoken songs.

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Music Interviews
5:01 pm
Mon August 3, 2015

Guitar Phenom's New Album Pays Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 5:54 pm

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First Listen
10:35 am
Mon August 3, 2015

First Listen: Pavement, 'The Secret History, Vol. 1'

Pavement's new release, The Secret History, Vol. 1, comes out August 11.
Courtesy of the artist

Pavement's minor MTV hit, "Cut Your Hair," came out in 1994, and the song's offbeat, ramshackle charm introduced the cult indie band to a broader audience. It also marked the end of an era. Pavement had been releasing records for five years at that point, most of them shaggier and noisier than the weirdly winning "Hair." Yet despite the absurdity and abrasiveness at its heart, the band had been swept into the alt-rock mania of the mid-'90s. The Secret History, Vol.

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The Record
8:03 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Dolly In Nashville: Authenticity That Makes Room For Rhinestones

Dolly Parton on stage at the Ryman Auditorium on July 31, one of two sold out shows that marked her first headlining gigs in Nashville in 12 years.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 1:37 pm

When the renowned radio personality and Grand Ole Opry fixture Bill Cody walked onto the stage at the Ryman Auditorioum to welcome Dolly Parton there for the first time in twelve years, he called her "the most beloved artist of all time." Then he quickly, almost imperceptibly, corrected himself, adding a qualifier: female artist." Who knows what flashed in Cody's mind in that moment — perhaps the face of Johnny Cash, the patron

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Buddy Guy: 'I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music'

Buddy Guy's latest album is titled Born to Play Guitar.
Josh Cheuse Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 1:09 pm

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Music Interviews
5:09 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

Terri Lyne Carrington Makes A Musical 'Mosaic,' With A Focus On Women

Terri Lyne Carrington won a Grammy for her all-female jazz album The Mosaic Project in 2011. Now, she's releasing the second installment, called Love and Soul.
Tracy Love Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:37 pm

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Music Interviews
7:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Colombia's La Momposina Sings A Tangled Social History

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:28 am

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Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The music of Colombia is in the spotlight this week as we check in with our friends at Alt Latino. Felix Contreras usually joins us with a number of artists to share. Today he has just one artist.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAMBOLERO")

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Author Interviews
5:42 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

Courtesy of Amistad

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:28 am

If anything was going to make the case for putting warning labels on music, it was 2 Live Crew at the turn of the 1990s. The hip-hop group's output was so sexually explicit that it eventually became the subject of an obscenity case that made its way through some of the highest courts in this country. The man at the center of it all was Luther Campbell, a.k.a Luke Skywalker, the alter-ego that helped make 2 Live Crew one of the most legendary and notorious rap acts ever.

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Music News
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery

At age 12, pianist Joey Alexander has made fans out of some very accomplished fellow jazz musicians. His debut album, My Favorite Things, was released in May.
Rebecca Meek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:28 am

The Newport Jazz Festival is under way this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Among the featured performers is a young pianist — a very young pianist — named Joey Alexander. He is 12 years old, completely self-taught and one of the youngest musicians ever to play the storied festival.

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