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The Lone Bellow, A Trio Built On Harmony And Trust

Brian Elmquist, Kanene Pipkin and Zach Williams talk with NPR's Rachel Martin about their new album, Then Came the Morning.
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The Bounce: The Week In Music News

Big decisions from the real Bjork and the real Madonna; an interview with a fake Ian MacKaye; D'Angelo live on TV; and so much more from WAMU's music site, Bandwidth.


In Modern Klezmer, 'The Oldest Old Guy' Is The King Of The Scene

Pete Sokolow has been called irascible and a tough-as-nails teacher. He's also one of the last living links to klezmer's immigrant pioneers — and to a new generation of musicians, he's invaluable.

Jamie Cullum Shares Stories And Plays Live

"I'm more of a communicator than a technician," says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR's studios.

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.
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Petition Calls For D.C. To Shut Down U Street For Funk Parade

Organizers want to formally shut down U Street NW for the second edition of the parade, in May. Last year the city gave them a less prominent route.


Virginia Searches For A New State Song

Robert Siegel speaks with Professor James "Bud" Robertson about his campaign to help his home state of Virginia find its missing state song.

Sleater-Kinney's Deleted Scenes

The beloved punk trio is back after nearly a decade away. Hear a few candid thoughts from the members about singing, live performance and having famous fans.

The Decemberists Return, Renewed And A Little Relaxed

Singer Colin Meloy remembers when literally no one was listening to his music. Once his band cracked the mainstream, he found himself missing the artistic freedom that comes with anonymity.

A Tattooist And A Tweet Take A Band From Tiny Clubs To Tours

Fitz and the Tantrums' members clicked instantly, and won a famous fan early. But their rise also required an enormous amount of work — what the bandleader calls "success by a thousand paper cuts."