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Done Running U Street Music Hall, Will Eastman Rebrands Himself

The most significant thing about “Sugar” by D.C. producer and DJ Will Eastman isn’t the track’s uplifting, well-informed layering of house and techno sounds. It’s the attribution: no moniker, no...



Remembering D.C. Guitar Virtuoso Danny Gatton And ‘The Anacostia Delta’

Over the last few years, D.C.’s hardcore punk scene has been memorialized by multiple films and TV shows. But soon, a D.C. native called the “world’s greatest unknown guitarist” by Guitar...



KCRW Presents: Thundercat

Master bass player Thundercat is a core part of the LA music scene — from his collaborations with Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Kendrick Lamar to his own solo work. His new EP features his...

Hear Sam Smith Break Down His Bond Theme, 'Writing's On The Wall'

"I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see into his heart a little bit," says the British singer. His theme song for Spectre, the latest film in the James Bond series, is out today.

New Recording Provides A Soundtrack For A Forgotten Trojan War Musical

A two-CD set featuring performers from the Lyric Stage of Irving, Texas, revives the soundtrack from the 1954 play, The Golden Apple. Critic Lloyd Schwartz calls it a "game-changing new recording."

TT The Artist Left A Cultlike Church And Found Baltimore’s Music Scene

Greatness isn’t measured by a fixed set of criteria, but many art lovers would agree that great artists take multiple forms while remaining true to themselves. TT the Artist certainly meets that...
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David Maraniss: "Once In A Great City: A Detroit Story"

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss tells the story of Detroit in 1963, when the city was at its pinnacle. The Motor City native argues the shadows of collapse were evident even then.


First Listen: Eagles Of Death Metal, ‘Zipper Down’

Seven years is a long time to wait for a new album — but it’s particularly vexing when the album in question is by Eagles Of Death Metal. After all, the hard-rock group whose core comprises Jesse...

First Listen: Wavves, ‘V’

In the last few years, we’ve seen Wavves‘ Nathan Williams wake up, stumble out of bed, emerge as one of the few successes of the late-’00s lo-fi resurgence, and graduate to the big leagues. Still,...

First Listen: Autre Ne Veut, ‘Age Of Transparency’

Along with artists like How To Dress Well and Holy Other, Autre Ne Veut makes music that’s sometimes categorized as “PBR&B,” suggesting a point where indie pop (ironically) meets modern R&B. Autre...