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Premiere: June Gloom Calls Out Internet Fakery On ‘URL’

These days, it’s normal for people to carefully craft flattering online personae that share no characteristics with their in-person selves. That’s why the idea behind “URL,” a new song from D.C....

Percussionist Pedrito Marinez Plays Live On 'Morning Edition'

Steve Inskeep talks to Cuban-born Pedrito Martinez about his life and we hear some songs. Also, we hear from the Bartel family — some plan to vote for Donald Trump and others for Hillary Clinton.

The Case For 1971 As Rock's Greatest Year

That year, music journalist David Hepworth argues, offered an explosion of talent from David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Al Green, John Lennon and more. He discusses his new book, Never a Dull Moment.

Jean Michel Jarre Collaborates With Fellow Pioneers On 'Electronica'

Jean Michel Jarre helped take electronic music mainstream with his 1976 album, Oxygene. His latest project, Electronica, Volumes 1 & 2, features some of his fellow pioneers.

Yes, That's Hip-Hop's Common In A New Song About Refugees

It's called "Running (Refugee Song)." Keyon Harrold, the trumpet star and one of the composers, talks about the art of creating a song with a conscience.
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Anacostia Unmapped: The Present Is A Gift

For mother and songwriter Tamika Jones, "infamous Anacostia" offers a lot to anybody who wants to share a leafy park or a good view with their family.


Space Isn’t The Place: Místochord Scores A Fraught Migration To Mars

Recent developments in space exploration have made Mars more accessible than ever. Organizations such as NASA and SpaceX are even considering manned missions to the planet, fueling public...

Toronto Benefits From Being Drake's Hometown

Drake often gives Toronto props — mentioning streets and neighborhoods in songs. The Toronto Star estimates that the rapper has given the city $3 billion worth of free advertising.

Music Review: 'Woman At The End Of The World,' Elza Soares

Michelle Mercer reviews a new album about the darker side of Brazilian life by a samba legend — Woman at the End of the World by Elza Soares.

Bobby Thompson, Otis Infrastructure

Songs featured June 17, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....