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Heavy Rotation
12:18 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Parquet Courts
Heather Strange

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 3:31 pm

Earlier this month, we welcomed two new music channels to the public radio family — KUTX in Austin and XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio in Philadelphia — so for this installment of Heavy Rotation, we asked them to share their favorite songs of their first two weeks on the planet.

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Music Interviews
4:20 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

New Opera Immortalizes Spat Between Paul Krugman, Estonian President

A new opera immortalizes the online spat between New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and the president of Estonia. Robert Siegel speaks with Eugene Birman, the composer, about his new work and the debate over austerity and stimulus.

Music
4:19 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson Among Inauguration Performers

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel share some of the music from Monday's inauguration festivities.

The Two-Way
11:40 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Rapper Lupe Fiasco Booted Off Inaugural Party Stage After Criticizing Obama

Recording Artist Lupe Fiasco performs in September 2012.
Donald Bowers Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:49 pm

The rapper Lupe Fiasco was escorted off the stage at an unofficial inaugural ball in Washington, last night.

As Politico reports, the Grammy-nominated rapper stayed on the anti-war song "Words I Never Said" for 30 minutes. Video posted by Now This News shows Fiasco dropping lines critical of President Obama, before the lights go off and men in black suits escort him off the stage.

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World Cafe
11:03 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Next: The Lions

The Lions.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 10:25 am

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In 2007, a dozen or so reggae and soul artists met in Los Angeles and eventually formed The Lions. Heavily inspired by the culture surrounding Jamaican music both old and new, the group is deeply rooted in soul, but also has a rough edge reminiscent of The Upsetters or The Rockers Band.

Members Deston Berry, Alex Désert and Malik Moore handle lead vocals, while Black Shakespeare produces the backing tracks. Guitarist Dan Ubick and bassist Dave Wilder also contribute, along with a mix of musicians who've played with Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and Raphael Saadiq.

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