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Country Singer Kelsey Waldon Reaches Back To An Earlier Era In 'I've Got A Way'

Waldon puts a distinctive spin on classic country with her new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls her singing, which avoids excessive emotion or embellishment, "the musical version of hard-boiled prose."
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Tough Love: Kwame Alexander Remembers Tupac

Tupac Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on Sept. 7, 1996, and died six days later. He was 25. To mark the 20th anniversary of the rapper’s death, poet and...
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Guitarist Conjures The Sound Of The Kora From Thousands Of Miles Away

Derek Gripper's exploration of West African kora music has produced two acclaimed albums — and, he says, a better understanding of the classical music he played as a kid.
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Black Eyed Peas Hit 'Where Is The Love?' Remixed In 2016 To Remind

In 2003, the pop group's song "Where Is the Love?" was in the top 8 on the Billboard 100. Now will.i.am has rewritten the song. He tells Rachel Martin it's been adapted to reflect the issues of 2016.
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Outputmessage, Cruzie Beaux

Songs featured Sept. 10—11, 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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Jack White On Detroit, Beyoncé And Where Songs Come From

White's latest album is a career retrospective, but without the big electric sound he's been known for since the late 1990s.
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First Listen: Cymbals Eat Guitars, ‘Pretty Years’

Catharsis comes heavy and often in the raucous-yet-refined rock sound of Cymbals Eat Guitars. In “Finally,” the rousing opener to the band’s fourth album Pretty Years, singer-guitarist Jo...
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First Listen: Pretty Yende, ‘A Journey’

As a 16-year-old, Pretty Yende was sitting with her parents in their rural South African home watching TV when a British Airways ad came on. As the sweet music swelled and voices intertwined, Yende...
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First Listen: Kishi Bashi, ‘Sonderlust’

When he first surfaced as a solo artist four or five years ago, singer and multi-instrumentalist K. Ishibashi specialized in piecing together an intricately looped sound, centered on violin samples...
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First Listen: Against Me!, ‘Shape Shift With Me’

Two years ago, Against Me! released Transgender Dysphoria Blues, the band’s first album since leader Laura Jane Grace came out as a transgender woman. Up to that point, the Florida band...

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