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Vibraphonist Lugs His Picnic-Table-Sized Instrument Around Chicago

For our summer series "The World's a Stage," we meet Preyas Roy, a man who plays the vibraphone on a busy Chicago street corner.
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Review: Lydia Loveless, ‘Real’

Note: NPR’s First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page....
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First Listen: Exploded View, ‘Exploded View’

Annika Henderson is still just in her 20s, but there’s history in her voice. She began her musical career as Anika, with one “n,” recording covers of Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and the Kinks’ Ray Davies....
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First Listen: Tobacco, ‘Sweatbox Dynasty’

Pittsburgh might not seem like a psychedelic stronghold, but in the recent past, the band Black Moth Super Rainbow has proven to be a reliably potent source of reality-bending indie-pop. Yet while...
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First Listen: John Paul White, ‘Beulah’

John Paul White’s voice was meant to be heard on its own. At the start of his career, he was poised to be a breakout solo singer until Capitol Records dropped him before the release of his debut...
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If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

Percussionist Miles Salerni repeatedly auditioned to be a Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, but was rejected. So he found another way in.
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Music Review: 'Lovers,' Nels Cline

You might know Nels Cline from his epic solos as a guitarist for the band, Wilco. Now Cline is out with a solo project — a mood album called Lovers. It's a project he's been working on for over 25 years.
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Premiere: A Deceptively Summery R&B Tale From New D.C. Duo MILK$

Don’t be fooled by the sunny G-funk groove and buttery, Nate Dogg-style chorus of “Wonder Woman,” the debut single by D.C. duo MILK$ (pronounced Milk Money). The lady in the title isn’t playing...
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Watch: D.C.’s Beautiful Swimmers Get Funky At Europe’s Dekmantel Festival

OUR BOYS! @world.building #beautifulswimmers #DC #dekmantel A video posted by Morgan Tepper ⚔ DJ Lisa Frank (@djlisafrank) on Aug 6, 2016 at 3:53pm PDT Get ready for a dad-joke groan: Not all...
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Politics With A Backbeat: Hip-Hop Lyrics Weave In Trump, Clinton

David Greene talks to Allison McCann of the data website FiveThirtyEight about the way in which rappers have referenced Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their songs over the years.

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