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1:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Anika Noni Rose Gets 'Hype' To 'Radioactive'

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:33 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And finally today, it's time for the regular feature we call, In Your Ear. That's where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the top songs in their playlist. Actress Anika Noni Rose is both on Broadway and on the big screen right now. She's currently starring in "Half Of A Yellow Sun," which was filmed in Nigeria and South Africa. And she's one of the stars of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of "A Raisin In The Sun." When we caught up with her recently, she also talked about the music that lifts her spirits.

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Music Interviews
5:09 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

How Does A Jam Band Write Songs? We Asked Phish

Phish's new album is Fuego.
Peter Yang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 6:25 pm

The world of rock 'n' roll once thought it would never again see the cult-like devotion of Grateful Dead fans. Then came Phish.

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Music Interviews
8:01 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Tom Freund Is Oddly Upbeat In 'Two Moons'

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:33 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

Back in the early '80s, Randy Newman famously sand about the City of Angels.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I LOVE L.A.")

RANDY NEWMAN: (Singing) It's like another perfect day. I love LA. We love it.

NEARY: Singer-songwriter Tom Freund offers his take on Los Angeles right out of the box on the first track of his new album "Two Moons."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ANGEL EYES")

TOM FREUND: (Singing) Funny how when you leave L.A., you got to drive into the desert. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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Music Interviews
8:01 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Jennifer Lopez Flips The Gender Script For Album No. 10

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 2:34 pm

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

Jennifer Lopez is a force to be reckoned with - a singer, a dancer, an actress, a businesswoman. She's a global superstar, who has topped the list of Forbes most powerful celebrities. And now, Lopez has released her 10th album, "A.K.A."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FIRST LOVE SONG")

JENNIFER LOPEZ: (Singing) I wish you were my first love because if you were first, baby there wouldn't have been no second, third or fourth love.

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Music Interviews
6:12 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times

Bobby Hutcherson's new album on Blue Note Records is Enjoy The View.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 6:19 pm

The vibraphone is a special instrument. That spooky, smoky, sparkling sound — there's nothing like it. And there's nothing like hearing the vibes played by Bobby Hutcherson.

Hutcherson has covered a lot of ground on his instrument. In the 1950s he was already playing professional gigs, as a teenager. In the '60s, he was a leading light of jazz's avant garde, breaking new ground on some of the most revered LPs issued by Blue Note Records.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:03 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Mali Music: Tiny Desk Concert

NPR

On a particularly muggy day this past week, Mali Music arrived at NPR's D.C. headquarters armed with only his enthusiasm (and a teensy entourage). Though the humid haze and some midday I-need-a-coffee-stat office funk hung all around him, he soldiered his way through.

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Music Interviews
8:00 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Lana Del Rey: 'I Don't Have Other People In Mind'

Lana Del Rey's new album is Ultraviolence.
Neil Krug Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 2:43 pm

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Music Interviews
4:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ian McLagan's Song For A Muse

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan released his first studio album in five years, United States, on Tuesday.
Jim Chapin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 21, 2014 12:31 am

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Microphone Check
2:34 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

Ab-Soul.
Courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:35 pm

Ab-Soul, the most philosophical member of the by now vaunted Top Dawg Entertainment, met Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley in Los Angeles two weeks before the release of his latest album, called These Days ... After only one listen to the album, the three of them had a conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.

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Music
12:13 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Miguel Enjoys A Bit Of Storytelling In His Favorite Songs

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 2:12 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Now we turn to a regular feature we call In Your Ear. That where we invite some of our guests to tell us about the songs that give them inspiration. Today, we're hearing from R&B sensation Miguel. He recently released a sexy music video for his single "Simplethings." That song will be on a new album that's set for release later this year. Miguel was with us a while back to talk about his breakout album, "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Grammy-winning single "Adorn." And he told us then about the tracks he's been listening to.

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