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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...

First Listen: Childbirth, ‘Women’s Rights’

It’s impossible to talk about the new album from Seattle punk trio Childbirth without discussing Women’s Rights. In the literal sense, it is the name of the band’s sophomore release; and...

First Listen: Deafheaven, ‘New Bermuda’

After a series of traumatic psychological tests of his loyalty and honesty, a mad scientist tells a young boy in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, “Don’t forget what happened to the...

First Listen: Born Ruffians, ‘Ruff’

Born Ruffians‘ members leach electricity from a long line of wily, wiry art-rock weirdoes, from historical markers like Talking Heads and Violent Femmes to present paragons Animal Collective and...
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'80s Pop Star Thomas Dolby Takes On New Challenge: Transforming Baltimore Neighborhood

You may know Thomas Dolby for his pop hit "She Blinded Me With Science," but now he's using his music and digital skills to bring new life to a university — and a neighborhood.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 24, 2015

You can listen to classical music or jazz in two concerts featuring local talent.


Disclosure On Subverting Dance Music Stereotypes And Writing With Sam Smith

Guy and Howard Lawrence are one of the premier acts in electronic music, but they grew up playing traditional instruments — and they still do.