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One Feisty Victorian Woman's Opera Revived

A skilled mountain climber who knew Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Ethel Smyth was a big personality whose politically charged opera The Wreckers gets its first fully staged production in the U.S.
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Marylanders, Divided During The Civil War, Grapple With Symbols Of Confederacy

Maryland officially stayed in the Union during the Civil War, but soldiers fought on both sides of the conflict. Today the state still has many symbols with Confederate ties.

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Nick Hall On ‘I Need A Dodge,’ His Film About Joe Strummer’s Soul-Searching Years After The Clash

It’s the mid-1980s and The Clash is imploding. Frontman Joe Strummer ejected drummer Topper Headon in ’82, and guitarist Mick Jones is the next to go. Come 1984, the band’s second incarnation, The...
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First Listen: Red River Dialect, ‘Tender Gold And Gentle Blue’

Cornwall looks like a pointy horn at the bottom of England, with a seaside that juts with geomorphic violence and beauty. Before moving to London, the folk band Red River Dialect called the region...
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First Listen: Lianne La Havas, ‘Blood’

Among the delights of Lianne La Havas‘ 2012 debut Is Your Love Big Enough? was its sense of scale. Here was a songwriter of considerable lyric skill and pop ambition who didn’t always...
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From Ballads To Romps, Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' Is Timeless

Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.
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Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk. He says it's really the story of two men: Monk and late record producer Orrin Keepnews.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 22, 2015

You can watch and hear local actors and musicians demonstrate their talents. Teenagers perform a Shakespeare play and D.C.-area bands hit the stage at a popular music venue.

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Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Wayne Carson was a prolific songwriter who hit the top of the country and pop charts. He was best known for songs that included "Always On My Mind," recorded by both Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson.
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A Return To Ragas: Family Matters For Sitar Player Anoushka Shankar

For her latest album, Home, Shankar has returned to the classical training she'd absorbed from her father, the late Ravi Shankar.

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