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From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

A new documentary, Fresh Dressed, explores the relationship between the clothes and the music of hip-hop — including the rise and fall of black-owned brands and black designers.

'I Just Love Dirt': Bilal Gets Grungy In The Studio

Soul, jazz, hip-hop and a complex mix of themes all have their moment on Bilal's new album, but there's one unifying constant: an old-school production style.

Dale Watson: Call Him Insane, But Don't Call Him Country

The silver-pompadoured Texan sings in the tradition of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and George Jones, but he'd rather you call his music "Ameripolitan."

'There's No Box For Me': Miguel On Embracing Difference

Best known for his silky voice and sultry lyrics, the R&B star takes a more personal approach on the new album Wildheart — especially when addressing his mixed ethnicity.

To Master Stage Fright, Practice Makes Imperfect OK

Most people suffer stage fright when speaking or performing in front of a group. One pianist found she could manage the anxiety if she practiced often for an audience, even at the airport.

Leon Bridges Offers Retro R&B With A Twist In 'Coming Home'

The Texas-raised singer connects to R&B music from the past — and challenges himself to give it an updated sound — in his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Bridges' album packs an emotional punch.
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The Duo Zomes Talks About Making Music In The Least Stressful Way Possible

WAMU 88.5's interviews the Baltimore/Stockholm duo Zomes about its beautiful and gently strange new album.

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

In 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.

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D.C. Dance-Music Label 1432 R Puts A World Of Experience To The Beat

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

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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.