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5:00 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Aerosmith's 'Sixth Member' Takes Center Stage

Russ Irwin has toured with Aerosmith for 15 years. His new solo record, Get Me Home, was released this May.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 10:58 am

Imagine being able to rock a piano so well that Aerosmith wants you as its touring keyboardist. That's what happened to Russ Irwin, and he's been sharing the stage with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for 15 years.

"I'm staring at their backsides," he tells NPR's David Greene. "It's an interesting place to be."

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Music Interviews
4:58 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Spirit Family Reunion: Music For Church Basements

Spirit Family Reunion performs at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Tom Bullock NPR

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 3:24 pm

It's summer. It's hot. And that means it's time for a particular kind of music: the kind that streams from church basements and empty lots, raising your spirit as high as the mercury. It's revival season.

Spirit Family Reunion isn't from Appalachia or the plains; the band is from Brooklyn. Its music, though clearly Americana-based, casts a wide enough net to elude classification.

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Newport Folk Festival
4:28 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

First Aid Kit, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Erik Jacobs Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:12 pm

The young Swedish sisters in First Aid Kit got their break when their cover of Fleet Foxes' "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" became a gigantic hit on YouTube, attracting three million views and many comparisons to, well, Fleet Foxes.

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Newport Folk Festival
4:11 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Alabama Shakes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2012

Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 1:39 pm

For all the attention Alabama Shakes' music has attracted in 2012 — and its album Boys & Girls marked a huge breakthrough earlier this year — the live stage is where the soulful blues-rock band transcends mere "one to watch" status. Boys & Girls is the work of polished professionals at the top of their game, but in concert, Alabama Shakes' music reaches ecstatic, sprawling, rafter-shaking heights.

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Music
3:12 pm
Sat July 28, 2012

Across Latin America, Making Cumbia Modern

Uruguayan musician and producer Juan Campodónico records as Campo.
Matilde Campodónico Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 8:21 am

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