Getting Ready for Americana Music Festival Next Week

Americana Music Festival 2014 on Beats Music

If you love Americana music you need to be at Americana Music Festival in Nashville next week. 150+ live performances at historic venues starting with a star-studded award show at The Ryman — it’s up there with the best of the year.

To get ready I asked my mom (@paulette on Beats Music — if you were battling her in American roots music trivia I’d take her for the win) to make me a playlist of her favorite artists performing next week. You’ll find the playlist here, and downloaded on my phone for the 9 hour flight I’m about to board. Take a listen and let her know what you think.

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See you in Nashville next week,

Common and No I.D. discuss “Nobody’s Smiling”

Listen to Common, Beat by Beat on Beats Music

Lonnie Lynn Jr and Dion Wilson met in 4th grade growing up on the South Side of Chicago. Together they grew up and as young men produced three seminal hip hop albums as rapper Common and producer No I.D.. After those first three Common albums they parted ways and blossomed apart, No I.D. as a producer and A&R exec for Jay-Z (“Run This Town”, “Holy Grail”, etc), Drake, Kanye, Nas, Big Sean, and more, and Common as a rapper, actor, and author.

Common’s Nobody’s Smiling, released Tuesday, is the first Common/No I.D. full album collaboration since 1994. To commemorate Beats Music had Common and No I.D. sit down together and talk about each song on the album. If you’ve heard the new Common album or not, take a listen with Common and Dion’s ruminations at least once through.

Listen to Common’s Nobody’s Smilin, Beat By Beat edition, on Beats Music.


Pulling Stars Out of The Sky

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This is my failed attempt at making an electronic dance music playlist. What started out as a playlist that would solely be electronic music ended up becoming it’s own weird little journey that includes a wide spectrum of music where James Brown is only two songs away from Mazzy Star… find out how I made that leap and kick back with this one. Headphones required!


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ZoëRadio 7-7-14

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When I was 13, Dave Conway invited me to have a show on LittleRadio… and the rest is history. At MIT, WMBR was a huge part of my life. I had a show for all four years, worked as program director for half a year and GM for 2.5 years. Anyway, I didn’t know how much I missed WMBR until I made it into the Stanford radio station a couple of months ago. KZSU has quickly become my new home away from home. I am the new Co-Music Director, and Tuesday, I did my first installation of ZoeRadio on KZSU. For your listening pleasure: The playlist from the show. Enjoy!!

-Zoe Rogers

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A Perfect Saturday

A Perfect Saturday

Hi. How’s your Saturday?

This will make it even better. Thank Bryan Ling.

Listen to A Perfect Saturday by Bryan Ling on Beats Music.