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

Jun 18, 2012

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Austin's Brownout. Oklahoma's John Fullbright. London's Lianne La Havas Toronto's Metric. Lianne La Havas Metric's "Youth Without Youth" is blowing up at 89.3 The Current in the Twin Cities.

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There's no clear formula for why a new song catches fire at one of our partner radio stations. Sometimes it's a hook you can't get out of your head, and sometimes it's a tune's ability to distill a station's overall vibe into three sublime minutes.

We asked five stations to select a song currently blowing up on their airwaves and tell us why. For a limited time, you can download their answers — the results include new music from the smart Canadian pop band Metric, U.K. singer Lianne La Havas, folk newbie John Fullbright, funk collective Brownout and British pop group alt-J.

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