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Worth The Wait: The Transcendent Groove Of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

There's usually reason to be apprehensive when an artist spends years in the workshop on a single set of songs. But nearly 15 years after Voodoo, the R&B singer still makes tricky music sound easy.

Charli XCX's Stockholm Scream Led To One Big 'Sucker'

Between the vocal hook in Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and The Fault In Our Stars' soundtrack single, it's been Charli XCX's year. But it took some screams to create her sophomore album.

Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Plays Tribute To His Slain Daughter

Greene's album is dedicated to his 6-year-old daughter, Ana, killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This story first aired on Nov. 28 on All Things Considered.

'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

Be it an effects pedal or a hole stabbed in an amp, distortion and sound manipulation have long been part of rock 'n' roll's DNA.

A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.

Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

When record producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys, they were selling mice as roadside snacks and singing together in church. Now, they've released two albums and toured the U.S.
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The Bounce: The Week In Music From WAMU's Bandwidth


Our Friday roundup of local and not-so-local music news.

J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.
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Local Piano Manufacturer Keeps Family Musical Traditions Alive

The nation's first African American piano manufacturer has received national and international acclaim for a skill that he picked up from his family.