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Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

Rudresh Mahanthappa's work always seems to be filed under jazz, but it's hard to find a style he doesn't touch: hip-hop, country, metal and soul fused with traditional sounds from India, Africa and Indonesia. And he makes it rock.

The MIDI Revolution: Synthesizing Music For The Masses

The language used to translate sound into digital information celebrates its 30th anniversary. Today, MIDI is everywhere, including nearly every pop song on the radio and the fountain at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

LL Cool J On 'Accidental Racist' And Authenticity

"The last thing that I want to do is be a hack," says the rapper and actor. His latest album, his first since splitting with the record label that launched his career, is called Authentic.

Clive Davis On World Cafe

The indefatigable music mogul reflects on his more than six decades in the music industry.
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Hard Art: DC's Punk Scene 1979

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lucian Perkins and musician Alec MacKaye on D.C.'s unique underground music scene.

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'American Idol' Winner To Perform At National Memorial Day Concert

The winner of this year's American Idol will join a cast of actors and singers on the Capital Lawn for the annual Memorial Day celebration.