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Music Interviews
5:06 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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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:41 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Foreign Exchange: Tiny Desk Concert

The Foreign Exchange performs at the Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 9:25 am

While on a world tour to support their fourth album, Love in Flying Colors, The Foreign Exchange stopped by the Tiny Desk to rev up a Friday afternoon. I've followed Phonte Coleman and Nicolay in their 10 years as a band — and it's evident their writing and production are honest and downright pungent at times. But when it's time to perform, it's all about fun.

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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.

Interviews
7:45 am
Sat July 5, 2014

How To Be A Professional Triangle Player In 17 Easy Steps

Sure, you can play the triangle — but can you play it well?
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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 12:01 pm

The participatory journalist George Plimpton did many things. He boxed against Sugar Ray Robinson. He tried his hand as a high wire circus performer. But he said the scariest thing he ever did was play the triangle with the New York Philharmonic.

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Music Interviews
7:43 am
Sat July 5, 2014

The Quiet Sound Of Luluc, Sparked By Punk Rock

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

Transcript

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
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 Reviews
4:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Album Review: 'We Are All Young Together'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:39 pm

Keyboard player Walter Martin is best known for his part in the indie band The Walkmen. After the group took a break last year, though, Martin ventured into kids music. Reviewer Stefan Shepherd says Martin's solo debut, We Are All Young Together, is surprising, sweet and playful.

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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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Alt.Latino
10:06 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Immigrant Voices: Writers Share Stories Of Coming, Staying, Going Back Home

Families communicated through a border fence at San Diego's Friendship Park Nov. 17. On weekends, people on the American side are allowed to to visit, under U.S. Border Patrol supervision, with family and friends in Mexico.
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Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:36 am

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This week on Alt.Latino, we pay tribute to immigrant stories. With the help of Cuban-American writer and editor Achy Obejas, we're bringing you readings by celebrated authors on the topic of immigration, from Latin America to Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It's all part of a new book called Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, edited by Obejas and Megan Bayles.

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