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A Suitcase Musician Comes Home: Shakey Graves On 'And The War Came'

The former one-man band, who used an old suitcase as a kick drum on his 2011 debut, talks with Scott Simon about the "shinier" sound of his new album.

Twenty Years Later, 'Klinghoffer' Still Draws Protests

Some critics charge that John Adams' opera is anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic. But the opera's supporters dispute that. With its Met debut on Monday, there are calls to burn the set to the ground.
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For Howard University's Yardfest, A New Era Begins

The most famous event of Howard University's annual homecoming weekend — the campus gathering known as Yardfest — is quite different this year.


Michael Keaton: As An Actor, You Must Lock In And Let Go

"I've got to stay 100 percent present," Keaton says. He is currently starring in Birdman, a dark comedy about an aging movie star who once played a superhero — a role he can't quite get over.

Capricorn In Retrograde: Macon's Endangered Musical History

The Georgia town was home to Otis Redding, Little Richard and Capricorn Records, a label that played a key role in the birth of Southern rock. Now, many of the city's musical landmarks are threatened.
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The Unlikely Bond Between A D.C. Church And The Punk Music Scene

For decades, D.C. churches have served as a support system for the city's punk rock scene, but how did that come to be?


Music Review: Lera Lynn's 'The Avenues'

Texas-native Lera Lynn sings about past relationships. But her music moves beyond the one-note storied, country sound. On her latest album, The Avenues, Lynn fuses folk, country, jazz and pop.
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Video: Silver Spring Singer Survives 'Battle' On 'The Voice'

Menlik Zergabachew, an Ethiopian-American reggae singer from Silver Spring, Maryland, will have the chance to sing again on NBC's The Voice.


An Unofficial Memorial For Jazz Greats Jim Hall And Charlie Haden

Hall and Haden performed as a duo at a concert in Montreal in 1990. Plans to release the album, Charlie Haden - Jim Hall, were in place before both artists passed away within the last year.

Music From Death's Doorstep: A Conversation With Flying Lotus

Crossing over — musically and metaphysically — has of late consumed the mind of Steven Ellison. He says his new LP as Flying Lotus is "my opportunity to make a film" about the moment of death.