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July 24, 2014 | NPR · The Los Angeles rapper tells Microphone Check the true stories behind his debut album and the rise of his partner, DJ Mustard.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · One of the biggest and developing stories in hip-hop is the Los Angeles label Top Dawg Entertainment. The company employs an in-house production team responsible for its best and best-loved songs.
 

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July 18, 2014 | NPR · “You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world,” Haden told Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.
 

July 17, 2014 | NPR · For four days in the Superdome, the Essence Festival conjures an alternate universe where mature R&B performed by seasoned veterans is elevated over material aimed at teenagers.
 

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July 16, 2014 | NPR · Twenty years ago, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti gave a sold-out concert at LA’s Dodger Stadium. It still echoes today in both the music business and public TV.
 

July 11, 2014 | NPR · Polio damaged Haden’s voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.
 

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July 10, 2014 | NPR · Frustrated by hype cycles and social media? You have a kindred spirit in York Factory Complaint, two punks who’ve created one of the year’s most political albums. Read a Q&A with the fed-up duo.
 

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July 8, 2014 | NPR · The Australian singer never intended to be a pop star, but thanks to David Guetta, she was thrust into the spotlight. Now she’s accepting her new stature without bending to the whim of others.
 

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July 7, 2014 | NPR · “Maybe black male singers are not supposed to sing about love,” Eckstine said. “You’re supposed to sing about hurt.” Born 100 years ago this week, he ushered in a new era of modern jazz.
 

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July 3, 2014 | NPR · Many of today’s biggest radio hits came out months — even years — ago. That extended lifespan can change your relationship with a song, but it’s not always a matter of overexposure.
 

 

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News

July 28, 2014 | CPR · The Colorado attorney general has asked the state’s Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The airline industry and its unions support the bill, which would allow them to list ticket prices without taxes and fees. Consumer groups say that will lead to deceptive marketing.
 

Arts & Life

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman’s humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today’s New York.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.
 

Music

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · His style may be his own, but it distinctly recalls the sound of the 1950s. The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock ‘n’ roll.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career — and perhaps her life.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Dave Brubeck called her “one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard.” She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.
 

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