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Beauty Pill’s Chad Clark On His Lyrics: ‘I’m Always Interested In Being Understood’

The leader of the D.C. band talks about its exuberant and adventurous new album, which was several years in the making and included public recording sessions at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.

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How Bessie Smith Ushered In The Jazz Age

The singer known as the "empress of the blues" is the subject of a new HBO biopic. Jazz Night In America host Christian McBride breaks down her influence and legacy.
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Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

To mark the release of his seventh album, the singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar to the Fresh Air studio to sing some new songs as well as some of his favorites from the 1920s and '30s.
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'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

A virus caused Chad Clark's heart to tear with every beat, giving him a 22 percent chance to live. Eleven years after Beauty Pill's debut LP, he and his band come back resilient.
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Kirk Franklin On 'Trap Gospel' And Taking Heat From The Church

For gospel purists, Erica Campbell's "I Luh God" resembles secular club music in a way that's too close for comfort. Kirk Franklin knows a thing or two about that.
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Roomful Of Teeth: A Vocal Group That's 'A Band, Not A Choir'

On the eclectic group's new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that's hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw.
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Colleen: For The First Time, A Hypnotic Composer Sings

The French musician Colleen has added lyrics to her music after more than 10 years of being strictly instrumental.
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The Bounce: Take Bandwidth’s Music News Quiz

Think you paid attention to music news this week? We'll be the judge of that.

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House Concerts Bring Live Music To A D.C. Living Room Near You

If you want to see the next big thing in D.C. music, the nearest venue may be the living room next door.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 23, 2015

You can see young musicians perform at a local venue this weekend or snag tickets for plays that will focus on violence against women.

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