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The Suffers, A Houston Funk Troupe, Makes The Big Crossover

A year ago, the 10-piece band was working day jobs and gigging on weekends. Ari Shapiro talks with members Kam Franklin and Adam Castaneda about making the leap that landed them on a national stage.
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First Listen: Africaine 808, ‘Basar’

Before you listen to Basar, the excellent debut album by Africaine 808, some context is necessary....
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First Listen: Prins Thomas, ‘Principe Del Norte’

When the music of Norwegian producer Prins Thomas began to be heard outside of his native country back in 2005, it was crafted in collaboration with his friend Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. The material...
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First Listen: Wolfmother, ‘Victorious’

There’s something telling about the fact that the cover of Wolfmother’s fourth album, Victorious, was posted online in blank black-and-white, with fans encouraged to color it in themselves...
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First Listen: Carrie Rodriguez, ‘Lola’

In my mind, there’s a magical Mexican restaurant located somewhere in Austin, Texas; it’s a place where people of all cultures, backgrounds, ages and languages rub elbows over mouthwatering Tex-Mex...
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First Listen: Birds Of Chicago, ‘Real Midnight’

Feminist theologian Wendy Farley once wrote that, “Over the edge of the horizon against which the objects of desire recede lies the world’s final answer to all desire: death. The human mind does...
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First Listen: BJ The Chicago Kid, ‘In My Mind’

Throughout his career, Bryan J. Sledge has kept good company. Over the last decade and a half, under his stage name BJ The Chicago Kid, the R&B singer-songwriter has amassed an impressive...
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With Pyramid Atlantic Moving Out, Silver Spring Loses Some Of Its Edge

Montgomery County is about to get slightly less weird: This summer, Silver Spring arts center Pyramid Atlantic debuts its new home in Prince George’s County....

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KEXP Presents: Ty Segall

Could there be a better symbol of KEXP’s rebirth in our new home than the “Baby Big Man” that is Ty Segall? Donning a creepy torn-up baby mask and wielding an adult-sized umbilical chord, the...
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A New 'Cabin In The Sky' Offers Universal Stories — And A Problematic Past

Best remembered as a 1943 film starring Ethel Waters, the musical is being resurrected as a concert series, which aims to both honor the story and reckon with its racist roots.

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