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First Listen: Sidestepper, ‘Supernatural Love’

It’s hard to keep a good idea down. In 1996, Richard Blair and Sidestepper introduced their innovative mix of Afro-Colombian and pop music to a Colombian scene that was about to explode onto the...
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First Listen: Lucinda Williams, ‘The Ghosts Of Highway 20′

Few roots-leaning songwriters have inspired such intense adoration, or as much emulation, as Lucinda Williams. Since her 1998 masterpiece Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, Williams has served...
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First Listen: Dr. Dog, ‘The Psychedelic Swamp’

It’s no surprise that a band called Dr. Dog might tend toward loopy, loping outsider rock with a slightly goofy streak. If there were any doubt, it’s quickly dispelled by The Psychedelic Swamp<...
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First Listen: KING, ‘We Are KING’

KING excels at setting a mood. The group’s music conjures an all-encompassing, dreamy, Utopian vibe, rather than a mad dash to assemble a who’s-who of writers and producers. From the get-go, KING’s...
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Can't Buy A Ticket To That Concert You Want To See? Blame Bots

A report from New York's attorney general points to abusive practices in the market for live-event tickets on sites such as StubHub. Computer programs snap up seats faster than humans can.
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Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard On Small-Town Life, Big-Time Music

Howard was raised on her father's junkyard in the small town of Athens, Ala. "It was a really interesting way to grow up," she tells Fresh Air.
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Let Twitter Be Your Guide Through This Michael Jackson Casting Mess

When the news leaves you speechless, let Twitter take the wheel.
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Jaap Van Zweden Named Next Music Director Of The New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic has appointed the 55-year-old Dutch conductor and violinist as its next music director. Does this mark a new artistic direction for the vaunted orchestra?
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New Release By Numero Revisits Ork Records' Complete Catalog

Terry Ork was a mystery man who crashed the Warhol scene and founded his own record label. Rock historian Ed Ward traces the brief, tumultuous existence of Ork Records.
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Old Videos Of Fugazi, Gwar, And Psychedelic Furs Now Housed At D.C. Public Library

It was the final show at the 9:30 Club on F Street NW, and Teri Stubs hadn’t worn the right attire....

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