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Shawn Amos' Long Road To Old-School Blues

The veteran singer, songwriter and producer recently released The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, which combines old-fashioned blues music with new technology.
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On 'Portrait Of An American Singer,' Tennessee Ernie Ford's Early Songs Shine

Best known for his version of "Sixteen Tons," Ford spanned genres and influenced early rock 'n' roll. A new five-disc set is nominated for a Grammy.
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'Fiddler' Songwriters Discuss Putting Themselves In The 'Soul Of The Characters'

Together Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof. Both men spoke to Fresh Air in 2004; Harnick spoke to Fresh Air again in 2014.
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Backyard Band’s Adele Cover Is Putting Go-Go Back In The Spotlight

Go-go hasn’t seen much national attention since the days of E.U.’s “Da Butt,” but D.C.’s Backyard Band is changing that with its recent cover of Adele’s “Hello.”...

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Benny Sings: Tiny Desk Concert

For more than 10 years, fans have been drawn to Dutch singer-songwriter Benny Sings‘ ability to layer R&B, jazz and pop over hip-hop foundations. While it was only a matter of time before he’d play...
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Joe’s Record Paradise Has Found A New Location

Joe’s Record Paradise may be the most nomadic record store in the D.C. region. Last summer, owner Johnson Lee told Bandwidth that after several relocations, the shop had to move again, from its...
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KCRW Presents: JR JR

JR JR started winning us over with its catchy pop songs five years ago, when the band went by the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Now, the group is starting a fresh chapter with a new name, but that...
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First Listen: Shearwater, ‘Jet Plane And Oxbow’

Officially, Jet Plane And Oxbow is Shearwater‘s ninth studio album, so it’s fair to expect a tapering-off of ideas at some point, to assume that 15-plus years of recording and touring...
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First Listen: Eleanor Friedberger, ‘New View’

The book on Eleanor Friedberger as a solo artist away from the sprawl of her band Fiery Furnaces is that she’s pared down, constricted and simplified; that she’s become, as both a lyricist and a...
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First Listen: The Besnard Lakes, ‘A Coliseum Complex Museum’

“In a dark and stormy night / With the light coming over your halo,” Jace Lasek sings, his voice high and whispery, in “Golden Lion,” one of the standout tracks from The Besnard Lakes‘ fifth and...

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