Start 'em early.
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June 17, 2011 Last week we asked you to call your dad or your grandpa and ask what his favorite song was when he was your age. Their favorite songs surprised us, and your memories of listening to music with Dad reminded us why music is important to us in the first place.
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Jill Scott's new album, The Light of the Sun, comes out June 21.
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June 12, 2011 It's not as if she ever really had a frivolous phase, but on The Light of the Sun, Scott sounds especially composed. She's powerful, and she's fighting the good fight.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, also known as Will Smith, in the "Parents Just Don't Understand" era. In this photo, he's about the age his eldest son is now.
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June 10, 2011 For Father's Day, we're calling our dads and asking them what their favorite song was — when they were our age. This has, so far, produced some terrific stories.
May 20, 2011 Your editors co-host an episode of the Planet Money podcast dedicated to musicians and the Internet.
May 16, 2011 Future Islands' members showed up with the biggest amp we've ever squeezed behind the Tiny Desk. Then, because they're such nice guys, they tried to keep it down. Still, their cathartic set managed to keep the intensity up, and even get a handful of people dancing in the NPR Music offices.
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Hazel Dickens onstage at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco in 2008.
April 22, 2011 She wrote and sang influential songs about life in coal-mining towns and working-class women.
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Steve Marion, who calls his band Delicate Steve, at work.
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April 20, 2011 A stunt, a joke or a big lie? There was nothing special in the story behind the New Jersey-based band Delicate Steve. A press release used to promote the band, on the other hand, was something altogether more fantastic.
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Roger Nichols poses at a Recording Academy Honors event in 2006.
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April 18, 2011 The engineer won seven Grammys and also worked with Placido Domingo and Diana Ross.
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April 12, 2011 The elder statesman of West Coast rap says his new single is punchlines and fun. Don't overthink it.
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This could be you.
March 29, 2011 How it works, what it will cost you and the fight it will start between Amazon and record labels.
Tyler at rest.
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February 22, 2011 The group is doing two things really well: making music and freaking people out. Which matters more?
Two Beatles fans welcome the group as they arrive in New York in February 1964.
February 15, 2011 Given all the options for supporting a band, what's the best, most helpful way to be a fan?
Adele's new album is 21.
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February 6, 2011 On her second album, the stories the 22-year-old British singer tells are average, familiar, normal. But the voice she uses to tell them feels like a force of nature — brawny, syrupy and flashy at the same time. Hear 21 in its entirety until its release on Feb. 22.
Rye Rye on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. in October 2010.
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February 3, 2011 Rapper Rye Rye's tour manager says his job is all about flexibility and keeping it business.
The writer's workspace -- baby toys, baby clothes, keyboards and jams.
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January 13, 2011 The Baltimore writer says staying focused on a scene and a few styles has made him happier.
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