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Each week, WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection reaches across D.C., Maryland and Virginia to gather the sounds and stories that capture the current events, culture and personalities driving the Washington region.
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A Moment Of Jazz in D.C.’s Blagden Alley, And Years Of Searching For the Musicians Who Made It

Fri, 2015-05-22 11:43
WAMU 88.5 A Moment Of Jazz in D.C.’s Blagden Alley, And Years Of Searching For the Musicians Who Made ItEight years ago, on a warm summer night, Craig Nelsen was walking through Blagden Alley in downtown D.C. As he turned a corner, he heard something unexpected: music.

'An Explosion of Music': Remembering D.C.’s Bluegrass Scene of the 1970s

Fri, 2015-05-22 08:43
WAMU 88.5 'An Explosion of Music': Remembering D.C.’s Bluegrass Scene of the 1970sIn the 1970s, the D.C. music scene was a place of great creativity. Clubs were plentiful, admission was cheap, and you never knew which surprise guest might stop by.

Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Fri, 2015-05-22 08:36
WAMU 88.5 Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.? Local musicians and supporters are working to address some of the big issues facing artists, from being properly paid by clubs to finding adequate rehearsal space.

This Week On Metro Connection: Capital Notes

Thu, 2015-05-21 18:16
WAMU 88.5 This Week On Metro Connection: Capital Notes

We'll tour the D.C. region's music scene this week in a special collaboration with WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.

Remembering Rites Of Spring And A Lasting D.C. Musical Moment

Thu, 2015-05-21 16:43
WAMU 88.5 Remembering Rites Of Spring And A Lasting D.C. Musical Moment

Thirty years ago, Mark Andersen saw the band Rites of Spring perform for the first time. We find out why it's stayed with him ever since.

D.C.'s Experimental, Thriving And Often Overlooked Jazz Scene

Thu, 2015-05-21 15:33
WAMU 88.5 D.C.'s Experimental, Thriving And Often Overlooked Jazz Scene

Jazz aficionados say their genre is enjoying a new golden age in the nation's capital.

Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Thu, 2015-05-21 13:42
WAMU 88.5 Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Local musicians and supporters are working to address some of the big issues facing artists, from being properly paid by clubs to finding adequate rehearsal space.

In A City Known For Go-Go, Hip-Hop Is Making A Name For Itself

Thu, 2015-05-21 13:35
WAMU 88.5 In A City Known For Go-Go, Hip-Hop Is Making A Name For Itself

A new generation of artists is pushing hip-hop from the fringes to the District's musical mainstream.

D.C. Dance-Music Label Puts A World Of Experience To The Beat

Thu, 2015-05-21 13:33
WAMU 88.5 D.C. Dance-Music Label Puts A World Of Experience To The Beat

1432R combines the broad tastes of its D.C. founders with a sound inspired by a country halfway around the globe.

Why Musicians Are Embracing Cassette Tapes (It's Not Just Nostalgia)

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:45
WAMU 88.5 Why Musicians Are Embracing Cassette Tapes (It's Not Just Nostalgia) For musicians and music labels, cassette tapes are the cheapest way to make a physical album. They're also one of the fastest.

Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:44
WAMU 88.5 Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene Thousands of people are heading to the largest metal festival of its kind this weekend.

Leaving Their Mark: What's Behind The Scenes At Your Favorite D.C. Music Venues

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:42
WAMU 88.5 Leaving Their Mark: What's Behind The Scenes At Your Favorite D.C. Music Venues

We'll tour several local venues to check out the mementos music lovers may miss during live shows.

Koreans Help Drive Dramatic Growth In Fairfax County's Asian Population

Fri, 2015-05-15 08:44
WAMU 88.5 Koreans Help Drive Dramatic Growth In Fairfax County's Asian Population Fairfax County's Korean community boasts three daily newspapers, its own television channel, and growing political influence.