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Maxwell's, The Beloved New Jersey Venue, Closes

The club, which booked bands like R.E.M., the Replacements and Yo La Tengo before and after they hit the big time, is shutting down while "people still love us," says an owner.
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'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

On the clarinetist's latest album, the blues might be modernized or tweaked, but it's never far away. Fresh Air's jazz critic says The Edenfred Files is modest in a good way, like a musical chapbook or novella. The scale suits Harper's pointedly focused music.
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Diversity Is The Key Of Emerging D.C. Music Scene

New D.C. bands are helping redefine what exactly the city's music scene sounds like.

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Paying The Piper: Music Streaming Services In Perspective

As more music becomes available for free online, concepts of music ownership start to break down. A musician, a songwriter and Spotify's director of Artist Services share their viewpoints on the ongoing controversy over royalty payments made by streaming services.
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AlunaGeorge Finds A Natural Groove, By Accident

George Reid and Aluna Francis have become darlings of the European festival circuit, making soulful, beat-savvy music as AlunaGeorge. The two musicians first met to write material for Francis' old band, but soon found they had a chemistry all their own.
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Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz Releases

This summer has seen plenty of worthwhile jazz, including a pianist who's been around since the '50s, a Caribbean jazzman, a band of deliberate melody, and a Jungle Book cover. Sample recordings from Harold Mabern, Etienne Charles, the band Black Host and Lauren Desberg.
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Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dead From Heart Attack At 74

The musician, who wrote such hits as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" for Eric Clapton, died of a heart attack on Friday in California.
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Musical Score From 'The Legend of Zelda' To Perform In Baltimore

The music from the classic video game franchise The Legend of Zelda will be performed at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore tonight.

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In A Desert Encampment, Songs Of A Vanishing Way Of Life

Producer Colin Bass worked with the Nigerien group Etran Finatawa to create The Sahara Sessions, an album recorded on location about the struggles of African nomads.
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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell On World Cafe

Watch a performance by the duo as they play material from their latest album, Love Has Come For You, live at WXPN's Non-COMMvention in Philadelphia.

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