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What's The Best Music Merch In D.C.?

WAMU's Bandwidth site looks at some of the more interesting items that D.C. musicians hawk at the "merch" table.


The Tiny Desk Concert Contest Winner Is ...

Out of thousands of submissions, one soulful musician came out on top.

Centuries-Old Cello Is Awakened; Smells Like The Maestro's Pipe

In the second part of a conversation, David Greene talks to Amit Peled about playing the cello of his idol, the late Pablo Casales. Peled performs a recital at Baltimore's Peabody Institute Thursday.

What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

"I would call him the grandfather of classical music of the 20th century," says cellist Amit Peled, who grew up idolizing the late master and now tours with his instrument.

Tiny Desk Concert Judges To Announce Contest Winner

More than 400 performances since the Tiny Desk Concert series began, NPR Music on Thursday will announce the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest to find a great undiscovered musician.

Push It Further: Rhiannon Giddens Takes A Turn On Tradition

"If you're going to do something that's been covered a million times, you want to do it differently," Giddens says of her funky version of "Black Is the Color."

One Of Sam Smith's Grammys A Win For Tom Petty, Too

The four Grammys awarded Sunday night to Sam Smith are good news not just for Sam Smith, but for Tom Petty, too. Petty and another songwriter will get a quarter of the royalties from the hit, "Stay With Me." It's not the first time a pair of songs have striking similarities to one another.

Before He Was A Grammy Winner — A Conversation With Sam Smith

Soulful singer Sam Smith swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Melissa Block interviewed Smith about his album "In the Lonely Hour" in 2014.

Sam Smith Wins 4 Grammy Awards, Including Song Of The Year

The British singer also won Best New Artist and Record of the Year, for "Stay With Me." Beck won Album of the Year for his subdued, folky Morning Phase.

The Rise And Fall Of Marion 'Suge' Knight

David Greene talks to music journalist Alan Light about Marion "Suge" Knight's legacy in hip-hop music. The former CEO and co-founder of Death Row Records has been charged with murder.