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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

D.C. Jazz Festival

With more than 125 performances in nearly 60 venues, the D.C. Jazz Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the country.

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Rap Genius Annotates Song Verses

Rap Genius is like a Wikipedia for lyrics. Or to use their metaphor: If hip hop verses are scripture, they want to write "the Internet Talmud."
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Library Of Congress Wins Grammy

A local institution has been awarded with an honor usually reserved for recording artists and musicians.

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Phoenix On Sounding Like Robots And Staying Restless

The French pop quartet is notoriously slow to release new music. But vocalist Thomas Mars and guitarist Laurent Brancowitz say their new album, Bankrupt!, wouldn't have been the same without meticulous self-editing.
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A Minnesotan In Mali, Teaching The Country's Sounds

It's been a decade since Paul Chandler left the U.S. and headed to West Africa, having fallen in love with the region's music. Now Mali is his home, and he's teaching children at the American School in Bamako how to play the music of his adopted country.
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Hundreds Of Years Old, These Songs Tour Like New

Through the centuries, old songs known as the Child ballads have been passed down and tweaked to fit the times. More recently, they've been adapted by the folk revivalists of the 1950s and rockers from the '60s and '70s. Now, a duo of young songwriters is reviving them yet again.

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