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Telling Brian Wilson's Fractured Life Story On Film

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Bill Pohlad, director of the film Love & Mercy, about creating an intimate portrait of Wilson — in both The Beach Boys' heyday and the troubled years that followed.
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Flory Jagoda: Virginia Musician Preserving A Tradition Rooted In Sephardic Judaism

Born in Bosnia, Flory Jagoda is often credited with keeping Sephardic Jewish music traditions alive.

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Malian Musician Makes Base In Maryland, But Keeps His Heart In Africa

A Malian native who now lives in Maryland has played the N'goni for the U.S. Congress and the World Bank, and has a Grammy nomination to his name.  
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 4, 2015

You can start your weekend on a jazzy note with an outdoor concert this Friday night, or you can show D.C. some love at a three-day-long festival celebrating local culture and creators.


Mumford & Sons On Plugging In And Turning Up

The electrified new album Wilder Mind turns the band's "arena folk" sound on a dime. "It's almost like being a teenager again," says singer Marcus Mumford.

Malian Bandleader Bassekou Kouyate Merges Rock And Soul In 'Ba Power'

The new album by the veteran musician and his band Ngoni Ba conveys the restless march of time and the transience of all human conditions. Milo Miles calls it "the most satisfying sort of catchy."

The Gary Peacock Trio Balances Introspection And Drive In 'Now This'

Bassist Gary Peacock, pianist Marc Copland and drummer Joey Baron bring an airy, elastic swing to their new album, Now This. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the players pull the melodies together well.

Chris Joyner's Journey From Sideman To Spotlight

Long a studio musician, the pianist is now moving center stage with a new album. "I'd always been writing songs, keeping them to myself," he says. "I just let go. I figured, what have I got to lose?"

On Algiers' Debut Album, Southern Boys Find A Common Cause

The band's music is a blend of punk and gospel traditions and a reaction to the suburban upbringing its three members share.

When Nora Jane Struthers' Identity Was Stolen, She Created A New One

The former English teacher may never have become a singer-songwriter if her identity hadn't been taken. "I was just ready for a brand new start," she says. And soon she was on the road to Nashville.