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7:55 am
Sun July 6, 2014

The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History

The Kentucky Sisters.
Jason Rhein Elephant Quilty Productions

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 2:46 pm

Did you know that John F. Kennedy was a Republican? Neither did I. But that's what one of my college students guessed in a course on news writing. I asked another kid what period followed the Industrial Age and she said, "The Golden Age?" We moved on.

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Music News
5:16 am
Sun July 6, 2014

Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick

Acclaimed songwriter Sheldon Harnick turned 90 in April.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:50 pm

Sheldon Harnick has been a working lyricist for over 60 years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work on the musical Fiorello! and a Tony Award for Fiddler On The Roof. But he says a career in the theater means writing some songs that, for whatever reason, don't make the show.

"Sometimes, the song was changed because a scene was changed and it no longer accommodated the song," Harnick says. "So, sometimes there had to be a new song."

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Music News
5:15 am
Sun July 6, 2014

To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

Philadelphia punk trio Cayetana (left to right: Allegra Anka, Kelly Olsen, Augusta Koch) will release its debut on the small indie label Tiny Engines later this year.
Mary Ferrigno Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:07 am

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Music Interviews
5:14 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Longtime Rockers NRBQ Get Down To 'Brass Tacks' In New Album

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 7:14 pm

Transcript

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

We're back with ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEW RHYTHM AND BLUES QUARTET SONG)

NRBQ: (Singing) Why don't you sit in my lap, kiss me and give me a hug. You know that I'm thinking of...

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Music Interviews
7:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Quiet Sound Of Luluc, Sparked By Punk Rock

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

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TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

Quiet, introspective with haunting melodies. Those are trademarks of the music of the Australian folk duo Luluc.

(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)

LULUC: (Singing) Flying over Chicago. There trees line the white snow.

KEITH: This week, I spoke with band members Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett about their new album called "Passerby" out July 15.

(SOUNDBITE OF LULUC SONG)

LULUC: (Singing) Across the night in red and gold.

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Music Interviews
7:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Raffi Returns To Recording With A New Album For Kids

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 1:08 pm

NPR's Tamara Keith picks up her banana phone to talk with beloved musician Raffi Cavoukian about his first children's album in 12 years, Love Bug.

Music
5:15 am
Sat July 5, 2014

A Former Megadeth Guitarist's Journey To Japanese Pop

Guitarist Marty Friedman was known as a shredder when he was with Megadeth, but says he needed more happy music in his life.
Takaaki Henmi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 11:51 pm

Are there genres of music that are simply too far apart for any one musician to hold onto them both at same time?

If anyone knows, it might be Marty Friedman.

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Music Interviews
3:35 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave (left) and Phil Alvin.
Beth Herzhaft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 4:05 pm

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.

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Music Interviews
12:31 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday Shares Wisdom On Getting Through Tough Times

Jennifer Holliday won a Tony for her performance in 'Dreamgirls.' But the singer's life wasn't always glamorous. She talks with host Michel Martin about battling depression and her latest album.

All Songs Considered
11:03 am
Fri July 4, 2014

The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity

Cee-Lo.
Matthias Clamer Courtesy of the artist

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside our neighbors' mis-delivered subscription copies of unnerving magazines is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on sharing music that might inadvertently expose someone else's kids to foul language.

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