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Straight-Laced Washington Embraces Underground Metal Scene

Thousands of people are heading to the largest metal festival of its kind this weekend.
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Leaving Their Mark: What's Behind The Scenes At Your Favorite D.C. Music Venues

We'll tour several local venues to check out the mementos music lovers may miss during live shows.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 21, 2015

You can shut your eyes and pretend you’re miles away with two concerts that present Eastern and Western European musical styles.


Review: 'Platform,' Holly Herndon

Music critic Will Hermes says the new album, Platform, from electronic musician Holly Herndon invites deep listening.

After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

Joel Krosnick, who has been a member of the quartet since 1974, has decided to retire in 2016 and focus on his teaching at the Juilliard School. He says he "will miss every single note."

Review: 'I Can't Imagine,' Shelby Lynne

Music commentator Meredith Ochs reviews the new album by singer Shelby Lynne, I Can't Imagine.

In 'Take Off,' Ramon Valle Makes The Piano Sing

Despite its clarity and cohesion, Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the new album from Cuban pianist Ramon Valle and his trio is half knock-out, half schmaltzy.

From Four Different Corners Of Africa, Four Bold New Albums

DJ Betto Arcos spins soulful songs from a prison in Malawi, dance music from Congo and more.

After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba

This week, the ensemble became the first professional U.S. orchestra since 1999 to play in Cuba — 86 years after its first visit to Havana.

Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'

The Oak Ridge Boys are still at it, with a new CD of hymns and gospels called Rock of Ages. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban about Bonsall's new book and their latest CD.