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When The Beatles Gave Fans A 'Crimble' Present

In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.

Duke The Halls: Bo And Luke Go Caroling

John Schneider and Tom Wopat, the good old boys from The Dukes of Hazzard, have recorded a Christmas album. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with them about nurturing a creative partnership offscreen.

Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

After more than a decade offstage raising his daughters, the singer is touring. "It's like nothing is being held back," he says. "You get to eat mashed potatoes with both hands instead of one."
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The Bounce: Goodbye Artisphere, Hello D’Angelo

The week in music news from WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth site.


Music Review: Lori Henriques' 'How Great Can This Day Be'

In contrast to many of her peers, Portland-based musician Lori Henriques' music for kids is rooted in jazz. Her latest album is How Great Can This Day Be.

How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the history of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players, and authored The NPR Classical Music Companion.
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The Year's Best Music Videos From WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth

WAMU 88.5's music site still isn't a year old, but its collection of live-music videos is already noteworthy.


Charli XCX And The Year's Most Fabulous Pop Record

The 22-year-old U.K. star infuses her gleaming songs with punk spirit on her second album, SUCKER. The result is one of the best pop albums of 2014.

Ken Tucker's Top 9 Albums Of 2014, Plus A Book

Making new sounds while staying mindful of the past is a common theme in the Fresh Air music critic's year-end list.