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City Center: Lying To Second-Graders

As a dark look at youth, City Center's "Teardrop Children" hits too close to home to feel like an exercise in gloom.

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All Songs Considered

New Mix: Tom Waits, Neutral Milk Hotel And More

Also this week: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah readies its first album since 2007, and the two reigning kings of falsetto join forces.

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J.D. Souther: A 'Natural History' Of Songwriting

The singer, who long worked with The Eagles, says there are no rules to crafting a great song.

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"Slip into the same old dream every night," Chad VanGaalen sings in "Peace on the Rise," adding, "Welcome all the things that could've been." Delphine Ghosarossian hide caption

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Chad VanGaalen: In A Daydream

"Slip into the same old dream every night," Chad VanGaalen sings in "Peace on the Rise," adding, "Welcome all the things that could've been."

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The Record

Songs Of The Summer: How To Win The Season

Ann Powers lays out three ways of thinking about the perfect summer song.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band On World Cafe

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The blues-rock power couple perform together and discuss their long-awaited collaboration.

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