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First Listen: Robert Ellis, ‘Robert Ellis’

The anti-heroic American landscape is cluttered with men moving around. John Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom burns down the turnpikes in his shiny American car; John Cheever’s Neddy Merrill “swims the...

First Listen: iLe, ‘iLevitable’

Ileana Cabra Joglar came of age onstage, performing in front of tens of thousands of dancing and singing fans. Her older brothers (René Pérez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra Joglar) make up the hip-hop...

First Listen: William Tyler, ‘Modern Country’

Nashville instrumental guitarist William Tyler never has to nail down the meaning behind the songs on his new record, because a word never crosses them. But his freedom from explicit meaning is a...

First Listen: Fear Of Men, ‘Fall Forever’

“Island,” a highlight from Fear Of Men‘s new album Fall Forever, opens with a string of warped, looping sighs before fanning out into a string of swoonily propulsive pop choruses. At times...

First Listen: Fantastic Negrito, ‘The Last Days Of Oakland’

“Blues with a punk attitude” is the tagline on Fantastic Negrito‘s website, and it’s not an empty slogan. The Bay Area singer-songwriter, a.k.a. Xavier Dphrepaulezz, infuses Last Days Of...

In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.

Hip-Hop Group Adds Rhymes To The 'Morning Edition' Theme Song

David Greene and Renee Montagne share a hip-hop rendition of the Morning Edition theme. A hip-hop group by the name of Jazzy Triggs took the theme, added a beat and dropped some rhymes on top.
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Anacostia Unmapped: In Go-Go's 'Pocket'

Musician, actor and longtime Southeast D.C. resident Jason Anderson has been playing go-go since he was young. He talks about what it's like when a go-go band gets to the part of a song when percussion reigns supreme.


Jumpsuits, Stunts And Shooters: Inside Maryland’s Almost-Forgotten Show Band Scene

Pete Margus retired in October after 30 years in the wine business. The Takoma Park native lives with his wife in Selbyville, Delaware, near Ocean City and far away from the stress of working life....


Anohni's 'Hopelessness' And The Power Of Speaking Out

The former Antony And The Johnsons singer's first solo album combines dance beats with a stark look at global strife. "Raising your voice is the antidote to a sense of powerlessness," she says.