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Singer Ben E. King, Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies At 76

Phil Brown, King's publicist, says the soul singer died of natural causes. King began his career with The Drifters, but it was "Stand by Me," released in 1961, that sealed his worldwide fame.
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The Bounce: Take Bandwidth’s Music News Quiz

Think you've been paying attention to music news this week? Are you a music fan in general? Then try out the music-news quiz on WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth site.


You've Heard This Country Duo's Songs, Now Hear Them Sing

On the TV show Nashville, actors have performed eight songs by Striking Matches. Now the duo has its own debut album out.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 30, 2015

Tuvan throat singers come to the D.C. area and local artists open their doors to visitors.

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Beauty Pill’s Chad Clark On His Lyrics: ‘I’m Always Interested In Being Understood’

The leader of the D.C. band talks about its exuberant and adventurous new album, which was several years in the making and included public recording sessions at Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia.


How Bessie Smith Ushered In The Jazz Age

The singer known as the "empress of the blues" is the subject of a new HBO biopic. Jazz Night In America host Christian McBride breaks down her influence and legacy.

Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

To mark the release of his seventh album, the singer-songwriter brings his acoustic guitar to the Fresh Air studio to sing some new songs as well as some of his favorites from the 1920s and '30s.

'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

A virus caused Chad Clark's heart to tear with every beat, giving him a 22 percent chance to live. Eleven years after Beauty Pill's debut LP, he and his band come back resilient.

Kirk Franklin On 'Trap Gospel' And Taking Heat From The Church

For gospel purists, Erica Campbell's "I Luh God" resembles secular club music in a way that's too close for comfort. Kirk Franklin knows a thing or two about that.

Roomful Of Teeth: A Vocal Group That's 'A Band, Not A Choir'

On the eclectic group's new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that's hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw.