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Revisiting The Crystal Clarity Created By The 'Decca Sound' Revolution

In the 1940s, recording engineers perfected new sound techniques that were used in World War II — and which launched a hi-fi revolution. Lloyd Schwartz reviews the new 53-CD Decca box set.
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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

We asked our panel of public-radio hosts to share their favorite new tracks. The resulting mix includes a Swedish R&B singer, a rising L.A. country star and an 18-year-old rapper.
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'Desired Effect' Reveals How Important Family Is To Rocker Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers is the frontman for the band the Killers, and he makes his own music in between albums his group puts out. David Greene talks to Flowers about his new solo album: "The Desired Effect."
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Review: 'In The Beginning,' Wes Montgomery

A new anthology called In the Beginning chronicles the sound of Wes Montgomery, one of the most influential guitar players of all time, in his early years.
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A Mother-Son Folk Duo Went 'From The Kitchen To David Letterman'

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward—better known as Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear—have been performing together for six years, but have only recently begun to attract national attention.
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An Invasion Of Intimacy, And The Song That Followed

Experimental artist Holly Herndon, who mashes up collected sounds, dance music and pop, reflects on society's relationship with technology on her new album, Platform.
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Stephen Hough Puts His Experience Of A Miracle Into His Music

The polymath pianist and composer has released three new albums — including a recording of his own Mass, whose writing was interrupted by a disastrous car accident.
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A Moment Of Jazz in D.C.’s Blagden Alley, And Years Of Searching For the Musicians Who Made It

Eight years ago, on a warm summer night, Craig Nelsen was walking through Blagden Alley in downtown D.C. As he turned a corner, he heard something unexpected: music.
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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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Can Musicians Survive In An Increasingly Expensive D.C.?

Local musicians and supporters are working to address some of the big issues facing artists, from being properly paid by clubs to finding adequate rehearsal space.

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