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Russian Band Pompeya Finds Safety In English-Language Lyrics

Yes there are other bands from Russia besides Pussy Riot. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Daniil Brod, lead singer for Pompeya, who says they wanted to create music that's sunny, light and fun.

The Slants Frontman Fights Government To Register His Band's Name

Simon Tam, the founder and bassist of The Slants, has spent six years trying to register his group's name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name disparages Asians.

Violinist Federico Britos Returns To The Hot Club

Though the 76-year-old Uruguayan violinist has played with many of the top jazz artists in the U.S. and Latin America, he's not as well-known as he should be.

For The Word, Gospel Is More About A Feeling

The mostly instrumental supergroup's second album, Soul Food, is a rousing, thoroughly modern take on gospel.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 7, 2015

You can raise a glass to D.C. or watch as brass musicians raise their horns.


Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree

The Department of Justice is exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.

The Evolution Of Earworms: Researchers Track History Of Pop Music

For the last half century, pop music has evolved from blues to disco to hip-hop. By digitally analyzing more than 17,000 songs, a team at Queen Mary University of London has released a study showing how pop music has changed throughout history.

Cuban Drummer Dafnis Prieto's Crisp Rhythms Are 'Good For Jazz'

Triangles and Circles, the new album from Dafnis Prieto, blends Afro-Cuban beats, blues feeling and spontaneous rhythmic variations. Critic Kevin Whitehead says that drums are at the album's heart.
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How The Smithsonian Is Building Its New, Sweeping Collection Of Black American Music

“I think it really smashes a lot of ideas about what the Smithsonian does and what it’s supposed to do,” one curator says of the African-American Museum’s growing collection.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 6, 2015

Think you know what “Jewish music” sounds like? The 2015 Washington Jewish Music Festival shakes off stereotypes. But first, a politically-minded poet converts a stage into a field of F-bombs.