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Artists Pack D.C. Hearing To Protest The Demise Of Union Arts

With another D.C. arts facility losing the battle against gentrification, about 100 artists packed a hearing Monday night to protest its pending transformation....

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The Riffs And Rhythms That Led To Jazz As We Know It

The Original Dixieland Jazz Band's first recording in Feb. 1917 is often cited as the first jazz record ever, but critic Kevin Whitehead says that the roots of jazz stretch a little further back.
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Bayonne Live At The Wilderness Bureau

Austin-based minimalist electronic composer Roger Sellers, aka Bayonne, has drawn comparisons to pop experimentalists Panda Bear, Atlas Sound and Caribou....
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Gospel Star Kirk Franklin Wants To Help You Lose Your Religion

The gospel star is known for merging hip-hop and gospel. His new album has a controversial title; he says he hopes it will help make God famous.
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Walter Martin Remembers Art History Class With 'Arts + Leisure'

The Walkmen musician has gone solo with his new record. It's a song cycle inspired what Martin calls his "shaky grasp of college art history."
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With 'MartyrLoserKing,' Saul Williams Aimed To Make A Modern-Day Parable

The writer, poet, activist and musician joins Rachel Martin to discuss his latest album, the story of a hacker living in resource-rich Central Africa.
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Vân-Ánh Võ's 'The Odyssey' Tells Refugee Stories Past And Present

Võ's music blends Vietnamese and Western traditions. Her new multimedia stage work was inspired by people who fled Vietnam in 1979, as well as those fleeing wars today in Syria and Iraq.
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Behind The Music: Bernie Sanders

No, this isn't a parody: The presidential candidate has a folk album. The producer of the 1987 recording gives NPR a glimpse inside the studio — and explains the then-mayor's "talking-blues approach."
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Walter Martin Remembers Art History Class With 'Arts And Leisure'

Former musician from the band The Walkmen, Walter Martin has gone solo with an interesting new record. It's an amusing song cycle that covers what he calls his "shaky grasp of college art history."
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'Downton Abbey' Composer Explains Theme Choices

For six seasons, the elegant, orchestral tone of the beloved TV series has been set by Scottish composer John Lunn, who has won two Primetime Emmys for the show's music.

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