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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. Originally broadcast June 11, 2014.

Album Review: 'We Are All Young Together'

Keyboard player Walter Martin is best known for his part in the indie band The Walkmen. After the group took a break last year, though, Martin ventured into kids music. Reviewer Stephen Shepherd says Martin's solo debut, We Are All Young Together, is surprising, sweet and playful.

'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday Shares Wisdom On Getting Through Tough Times

Jennifer Holliday won a Tony for her performance in 'Dreamgirls.' But the singer's life wasn't always glamorous. She talks with host Michel Martin about battling depression and her latest album.

20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans

The event is a must for any true lovers of rhythm and blues music. David Greene talks to Jason King, who hosts NPR's 24/7 R&B and Soul music stream, about the festival which kicked off Thursday night.

Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

"It's strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for," Questlove says of his group's serving as house band for The Tonight Show.
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D.C.'s LGBT Marching Band Follows Its Own Beat for Three Decades

When D.C.'s Different Drummers was first created, it was designed to be a safe haven for people who felt alienated and, in some cases, rejected by mainstream society.

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WAMU's Bluegrass Country Turns 47: A Conversation With Katy Daley

Forty-seven years ago today, bluegrass music was first heard on the airwaves of WAMU. It's since grown into 24-hour programming heard across the region on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. Matt McCleskey spoke with long-time Bluegrass host, Katy Daley, on this 47th anniversary.

On Its Confident Debut, Phox Puts A Reluctant Voice Front And Center

Phox frontwoman Monica Martin has an impeccable voice. But if it weren't for bandmate Matt Holmen and the rest of the Wisconsin band, it might have stayed hidden.

On 'Remedy,' Old Crow Medicine Show Gets A Favor From Bob Dylan

"I learned more from Bob Dylan's songs than I did from any class, in any time, at any school in my life," singer Ketch Secor says.

Belgian Singer Stromae Hopes To Bring French Flair To The U.S.

The dance music sensation is about to tour America, and many venues are already sold out. Host Michel Martin speaks to the pop star about how life has influenced his music.