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Fossils Of Technology: 'The Imitation Archive' Turns Near-Extinct Machines Into Music

The project uses audio recordings of old computers at Bletchley Park, home of Britain's decoding effort during World War II, in a series of musical compositions.

Size Matters: The Vocabularies Of Pop Musicians

A new study looks at the lyrics of the 93 bestselling music artists in recording history. Turns out rappers tend to have a wider vocabulary than others. Famous wordsmith Bob Dylan came in fifth.

D.C. Rapper Pinky KillaCorn Wants To Be As Ubiquitous As (Yep!) Corn

“I make KillaCorn music,” says Pinky KillaCorn, the rising rapper from uptown D.C. “I make my own genre of music. I can’t really put it in a category.”...

#NPRreads: Electric Dylan, Fracking And The Iran Deal Deconstructed

Also this week, the world's most famous DJ you've probably never heard.

Listen To The Sensuous New Single From Rising R&B Duo Abhi//Dijon

When we spoke to Maryland R&B duo Abhi//Dijon in 2014, the two Ellicott City 20-somethings were still figuring out how to refine their sound....

One Feisty Victorian Woman's Opera Revived

A skilled mountain climber who knew Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Ethel Smyth was a big personality whose politically charged opera The Wreckers gets its first fully staged production in the U.S.
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Marylanders, Divided During The Civil War, Grapple With Symbols Of Confederacy

Maryland officially stayed in the Union during the Civil War, but soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict. Today the state still has many symbols with Confederate ties.


Nick Hall On ‘I Need A Dodge,’ His Film About Joe Strummer’s Soul-Searching Years After The Clash

It’s the mid-1980s and The Clash is imploding. Frontman Joe Strummer ejected drummer Topper Headon in ’82, and guitarist Mick Jones is the next to go. Come 1984, the band’s second incarnation, The...

First Listen: Red River Dialect, ‘Tender Gold And Gentle Blue’

Cornwall looks like a pointy horn at the bottom of England, with a seaside that juts with geomorphic violence and beauty. Before moving to London, the folk band Red River Dialect called the region...

First Listen: Lianne La Havas, ‘Blood’

Among the delights of Lianne La Havas‘ 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough? was its sense of scale. Here was a songwriter of considerable lyric skill and pop ambition who didn’t always...