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Paul Simon Mixes Music And Mystery On 'Stranger To Stranger'

Simon blends his trademark wordplay with unique rhythms and exotic instruments on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker calls it a daring record that can be appreciated on a number of levels.
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How Sean Gray Is Making Concertgoing Less Stressful For People With Disabilities

Sean Gray sees barriers many people do not. Born with cerebral palsy, the Maryland native has been using a walker since he was 4 years old. He knows how to size up a doorway, a staircase. They...

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First Listen: Brandy Clark, ‘Big Day In A Small Town’

Five short words add up to one of the most tantalizing, trouble-making phrases in the English language: “I shouldn’t say this, but…” That qualifier stands at the gateway to gossip, confession and...
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First Listen: Allen Toussaint, ‘American Tunes’

In the last decade or so of his life, the record producer, composer, songwriter and arranger Allen Toussaint started playing a lot more live shows. The root cause was sad — a consequence of...
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First Listen: Eli Paperboy Reed, ‘My Way Home’

In some ways, Eli Paperboy Reed‘s story is nothing new. It recalls decades’ worth of biographies of American blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll singers. Traipsed around the juke joints of the...
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First Listen: Diarrhea Planet, ‘Turn To Gold’

“Back in the sixth grade, I heard Jimi Plays Monterey,” Emmett Miller reminisces in “Bob Dylan’s Grandma,” a highlight of Diarrhea Planet‘s new album Turn To Gold. “Boy, did I...
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First Listen: Moon Hooch, ‘Red Sky’

No one makes music like Moon Hooch, a muscular trio whose setup typically consists of two saxophones and a drummer. That instrumentation, and the fact that drummer James Muschler and saxophonists...
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Protect-U, Terracotta Blue, Kokayi

Songs featured June 2, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project....
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Naftule's Dream Returns, With A Fleshy, Folkie New Album

After a long absence, the klezmer-fusion band Naftule's Dream turns introspective on it's new release, Blood. Music critic Milo Miles says the band's warmth and cohesion is as rich as ever.
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More Humans Live At WAMU 88.5

More Humans isn’t the most visible or prolific band in D.C.’s indie-rock community, but when they pop up on the scene, they make it count....

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