Sat November 12, 2011
The Record

Non-Jamaican Reggae: Who's Making It And Who's Buying It

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 6:41 am

Hawaiian reggae band The Green. From left to right Zion Thompson, JP Kennedy, Caleb Keolanui and Ikaika Antone.
Tammy Moniz Courtesy of Press Junkie PR

Reggae music and the island of Jamaica are inseparable, right? Lately, a crop of artists from places like Hawaii, California and Italy are proving that hit reggae can come from anywhere. In the process, they're raising some complex questions about culture and ownership.

There's a new generation of reggae artists with two things in common: They're not from the birthplace of reggae music, and they are enormously successful.

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Fri November 11, 2011
The Record

'Stairway To Heaven' Turns 40: Celebrate With 7 Covers

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 2:25 pm

Heart's Nancy Wilson onstage in 1983, looking very Jimmy Page.
Paul Natkin WireImage


Fri November 11, 2011
World Cafe

The Zombies On World Cafe

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 7:00 am

The current lineup of the Zombies features founding members Rod Argent (left) and Colin Blunstone.
Courtesy of the artist

In the 1960s, the Zombies enjoyed success as one of the most popular bands of the British Invasion, releasing the enduring and beloved hits "Time of the Season," "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There." Although the group initially split amicably in 1968, the Zombies returned to making music in various incarnations in the early '90s. This year, two of its founding members, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, released Breathe Out, Breathe In, which the veteran musicians say is the first album that makes them feel truly together again as a band.

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Fri November 11, 2011
Listener Lists

It's 11-11-11 And All These Songs Go To 11

Yeah, but these go ONE louder...
Spinal Tap

In honor of this most auspicious day, and by way of inspiration fromĀ NPR's All Songs Blog, I gathered together your suggested Top 11 Songs to Crank to 11. Enjoy.

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Thu November 10, 2011
World Cafe

Wild Flag On World Cafe

Wild Flag.
John Clark

Perhaps Wild Flag's burgeoning success is due to the fact that each member is a valued veteran of the indie rock scene, with collective stints in The Minders, Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Spells and Helium.

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