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LL Cool J On 'Accidental Racist' And Authenticity

"The last thing that I want to do is be a hack," says the rapper and actor. His latest album, his first since splitting with the record label that launched his career, is called Authentic.

Clive Davis On World Cafe

The indefatigable music mogul reflects on his more than six decades in the music industry.
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Hard Art: DC's Punk Scene 1979

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lucian Perkins and musician Alec MacKaye on D.C.'s unique underground music scene.

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'American Idol' Winner To Perform At National Memorial Day Concert

The winner of this year's American Idol will join a cast of actors and singers on the Capital Lawn for the annual Memorial Day celebration.


Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

In this installment of Heavy Rotation, we partner with KCRW to bring you an exclusive download from Laura Mvula's Morning Becomes Eclectic session, as well as music from the post-punk band Savages, Portland songwriter Nick Jaina, Baltimore rapper Ellis and funk guitarist Shuggie Otis.

Singer Tim Lambesis Arrested In Alleged Plot To Kill Wife

Authorities say the metal vocalist tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his estranged wife.

On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

New York's Charles Bradley and London's James Hunter Six both mix inspiration and replication.