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Review: The Julie Ruin, ‘Hit Reset’

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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Maren Morris Mixes Country, Pop And Hip-Hop On 'Hero'

The singer-songwriter brings a fluid sense of musical boundaries to her first major-label album. Critic Ken Tucker says Hero features "very good, state-of-the-art pop country" music.
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Remembering Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's First Guitarist And Manager

Moore, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, booked gigs for Presley during the early part of the musician's career. He later penned the memoir, That's Alright, Elvis. Originally broadcast in 1997.
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Dev Hynes On Taking Time With His Music: 'I Want It To Be The Most Me'

The producer known as Blood Orange says his new album is for everyone who grows up feeling "underappreciated." To serve them, he has to be wholly himself.
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Listener Composes A Hard Rockin' Version Of 'Morning Edition' Theme

James Gardner of Lacey, Washington, says for his take on the Morning Edition theme, he started with surf rock as his base and added ingredients from punk and metal.
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Jazz Legend Allen Toussaint's Touch And Timing Shine On His Last Record

The New Orleans-based musician completed recording his final album a month before he died last November. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls American Tunes a "fond last look" at Toussaint's talent.
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What's Past Is Present On Two New Puerto Rican Albums

Banning Eyre reviews two albums from artists who are reinventing classic sounds from Puerto Rico: iLe's iLevitable and Miramar's Dedication to Sylvia Rexach.
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Insect Factory, BRNDA

Songs featured June 24, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....
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Caustic Casanova, SaltmanKnowles

Songs featured June 27, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....
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Brian Settles And Central Union, Nox

Songs featured June 23, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....

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