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Microphone Check
1:08 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Industry Rules No. 1-4079: A Conversation With Lawyer Julian Petty

Julian Petty.
Courtesy of Nixon Peabody

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:23 pm

The following should not be construed as legal advice — just good advice. We asked Julian Petty, who represents Ali, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and the estate of Biggie Smalls — and at one time worked with Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder — to come see us at Microphone Check as part of our continued effort to put ever more people on game.

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Music News
6:29 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Sold Out Grateful Dead Chicago Concerts Attract High-End Scalpers

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:12 am

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Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FRIEND OF THE DEVIL")

GRATEFUL DEAD: (Singing) I set out running, but I'll take my time. A friend of the devil is a friend of mine.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Jerry Garcia's Advice To Bill Kreutzmann: 'Don't Rush'

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:22 am

In his new memoir, Deal, drummer Bill Kreutzmann tells a story about the Grateful Dead's tour of Egypt. Instead of filling hookahs with "black, gooey tobacco," the band "filled the entire hookah with hash. No tobacco!" In the midst of Middle East trouble, the Grateful Dead's members were unwitting ambassadors of American culture.

"Everybody had fun," Kreutzmann tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. "Yes, indeed."

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The Record
4:42 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Tiny Music Royalties Add Up, Unexpectedly

An image from a video made by photographer Aaron Mischel which featured the song "Happy" by the band Secrets in Stereo.
Aaron Mischel YouTube

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 9:14 am

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Here & Now
3:17 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Was 1991 The Most Important Year In Pop Music's History?

N.W.A. members Dr. Dre, left, and Ice Cube, center, two of the subjects of the upcoming biographical drama "Straight Outta Compton," discuss the film with director F. Gary Gray during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2015 in April. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 7:06 pm

In June of 1991, a rap album by N.W.A. hit the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time in history. Derek Thompson of The Atlantic writes that music historians have long determined this to be a hugely important moment for pop music.

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Goats and Soda
2:36 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to South Africans: Stop Attacking Immigrants

Rajesh Jantilal AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 5:58 pm

"United we stand, divided we shall fall."

Ladysmith Black Mambazo's latest song, with Malian singer Salif Keita, is a plea for peace in South Africa, which has been grappling with the fallout from deadly violence against immigrants from other parts of Africa.

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Music News
5:24 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Prince Releases 'Baltimore'; Holds Concert In Troubled City

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 3:07 pm

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First Listen
11:08 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

First Listen: Holly Herndon, 'Platform'

Holly Herndon's new album, Platform, comes out May 19.
Bennet Perez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 11:48 am

Holly Herndon works in a post-human mode that's become customary in electronic music, yet remains abstract in realms beyond. Voices figure heavily in Platform, her follow-up to a breakthrough album in 2012, but they're spliced, diced, dissected — too processed, in any case, to suggest origins in a fleshy human being with dynamic feelings and moods.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

First Listen: Circuit Des Yeux, 'In Plain Speech'

Circuit des Yeux's new album, In Plain Search, comes out May 19.
Julia Dratel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 11:48 am

If we're always listening, we're always changing. Last year was a time of transformation for Circuit des Yeux's Haley Fohr, as she toured to support the self-released Overdue.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

First Listen: Jim O'Rourke, 'Simple Songs'

Jim O'Rourke's new album, Simple Songs, comes out May 19.
Kahimi Karie Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 11:49 am

Throughout a long and varied career, Jim O'Rourke has approached music the way a watchmaker might approach complications, the catch-all term for parts of a timepiece that go beyond simply telling the time.

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