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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

After heartbreak, history is probably the most well-worn topic for singers and songwriters. But while the Civil War and the Great War have been sung to the ends of the earth, the American Revolution hasn't received nearly as much love. For this July 4th, we're remedying that with a playlist - and we're going to be historically correct. Listen to our discussion with a music critic and a historian.

Revolutionary Pop Playlist

For July 4th this year, we're putting together a Revolutionary pop playlist - and we're going to be historically correct. The Washington Post's pop music critic Chris Richards and Barnard College history professor (and Thomas Jefferson specialist) Herbert Sloan join us to discuss songs like “The Hamilton Mixtape” from Tony winning lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Thomas Jefferson-inspired tune by folk singer Benjy Ferree, and a remembrance of black soldiers from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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Check Ahead: Careful - "I Had a Kid"

Taking bedroom recording to the extreme: Eric Lindley of Careful prefers to lay down his tracks inside of a closet. The third full length from the electro-acoustic musician comes out on August 21st. Listen to an exclusive streaming track in Check Ahead.

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Year’s Best – The Early Contenders

At the end of the year, I will do what everyone else in the music biz professes to hate so much, but never misses an opportunity to do: create a top-10 list of the year’s best music.  Since the year’s only halfway gone, though, I’m going to limit myself to 5 current faves for now. 

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Omer Avital

Gig Alert: Omer Avital

The Israeli bassist Omer Avital brings his jazz-world fusion to Small's on Tuesday night. Download "Free Forever" from his newest effort, Suite of the East.

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