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First Listen: Mick Jenkins, ‘Wave[s]’

Mick Jenkins’ 2014 release The Water[s] helped establish him as one of the stronger voices in Chicago’s vibrant, diverse (and crowded) hip-hop scene. While the locally popular drill and...
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First Listen: Arturo O’Farrill, ‘Cuba: The Conversation Continues’

Last December, the night before Barack Obama announced that he would seek to update U.S. relations with Cuba, Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra played a gig at Havana’s U.S....
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First Listen: Nathaniel Rateliff, ‘Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’

Anyone who caught the national television debut of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats on The Tonight Show recently witnessed something special: the arrival of a force of nature. The...
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First Listen: The Foreign Exchange, ‘Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey’

A good songwriter knows that you can say more with less, and rapper-turned-singer Phonte Coleman understands a thing or two about the economy of words. A top-notch MC, he shined in the now...
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First Listen: Advance Base, ‘Nephew In The Wild’

In 2003, the judicious and chic Parisian shop Colette released its fifth compilation CD, featuring an early DJ mix from DFA’s James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy. Their set ranged from post-punk like...
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 13, 2015

Local music hits a major D.C. venue. A documentary explores an international hobby.

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Poetry Is Set To Melody In Iris DeMent's 'The Trackless Woods'

Poems by the Russian writer Anna Akhmatova form the basis of singer Iris DeMent's new album. Critic Ken Tucker says Akhmatova and DeMent share an urge to articulate "sorrow, sacrifice and gratitude."
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‘8 CDs For A Penny’ Company Files For Bankruptcy

The party’s over for Columbia House, the music and movie subscription company that has been called “the Spotify of the ’80s.”...
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 12, 2015

You can see a play about conspiracy and a famous assassination or relax with a cocktail and some jazz music.

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Mail-Order Music Giant Columbia House Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The music and movie subscription company has been called "the Spotify of the '80s." Columbia House moved exclusively to DVDs but could not stay afloat in an industry crowded with streaming services.

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