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Previewing "District Merchants" at the Folger Theater

Set in D.C. during the post-war Reconstruction period, Aaron Posner's new play puts race front and center in a twist on Shakespeare's most problematic play, "Merchant of Venice."


Gospel Goes Back To Basics With '1 Mic 1 Take'

The new Motown Gospel project focuses just on the vocals and the message. Singer Brian Courtney Wilson is featured on the new live CD.

Gregory Alan Isakov: A Folk Artist In A Symphony Hall

After three intimate albums, Gregory Alan Isakov decided he wanted to build a bigger kind of song. He speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about taking his music to the Colorado Symphony.

C.W. Stoneking Is Blues From Down Under

C.W. Stoneking is from the Northern Territory of Australia, but his sound is old school southern American blues. We catch him on his first U.S. tour and talk about his new album, Gon' Boogaloo.

Olga Bell: From Russian Classical Pianist To Brooklynite Dance Musician

Though trained in classical piano, Bell has now ventured deeply into the world of electronica. "I guess I felt a compulsion to dance, to do something physical," Bell says of Tempo, her new album.

Kronos Quartet Wants To Give You Free Music — And Teach You How To Play It

The Quartet's Fifty for the Future project will commission 50 pieces by as many composers. Then the scores and instructional videos will be free online.

Flasher, Dunc, Zomes

Songs featured June 3, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....

Herman's Hermits, A Band That Was In It For The Hits And The Kicks

Herman's Hermits hit the American pop charts 22 times in the 1960s and early '70s. Now, a new anthology compiles 66 of the Hermits' tracks. Rock historian Ed Ward considers how the music has held up.

Premiere: In Luray’s New Video, A Little Girl Finds Friends In Nature

If you translate Albert Camus’ famous “invincible summer” quote into a music video, it would probably look like the new “Promise of Lakes” visual from Virginia ensemble Luray....

Paul Simon On 'Stranger To Stranger' And Why You Can Call Him Al (Again)

On his new album, Simon remains clever and biting, even when touching on difficult topics — some of them close to home.