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Ashley Monroe's 'Blade' Blends Country Sentiment And Delicate Phrasings

Rock critic Ken Tucker says the third studio album from country star Ashley Monroe "is a collection of deceptively pretty songs that cohere as a strong, serious piece of work."

Paul Weller: Tiny Desk Concert

There’s a reason Paul Weller is so respected by his fans despite his shifts in musical styles over the years. Weller follows his heart and his tunes stay true to the times and his age. I first...
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 29, 2015

You can hear classical Indian music or learn about the Arab influences of a traditional Spanish dance form. 


A Mexican Restaurant Turned Iconic Venue? 'That's Nashville'

3rd and Lindsley, a performance space for big and small acts in Music City, lets the music shine by keeping things (like its name) simple.

D.C. Rapper Shy Glizzy Arrested In Maryland

D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy was arrested in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, Monday evening....

Saxophonist Ben Wendel Reimagines Tchaikovsky's, 'The Seasons'

Almost 140 years ago, Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote a solo piano piece for every month of the year called The Seasons. Now saxophonist Ben Wendel has taken this famous body of work and reinterpreted each piece by bringing along a different artist every month. Reviewer Michelle Mercer says through these collaborations, Wendel is giving the listener insight into some of today's sharpest musicians.

KEXP Presents: Built To Spill

As cosmic as their jams can be and as free-floating as their new album’s title appears, Built to Spill have never seemed more grounded. On Untethered Moon, their eighth studio album and...

Hot Pants, Glitter And Alan Lomax: How A Rising Singer Found Folk Music

Sam Lee wants to bridge old U.K. folk traditions and today's music — even though his own path to folk was circuitous, to say the least.

Oddisee Is A Citizen Of The Globe In His New Video For ‘Belong To The World’

“Where I’m at is where I go, and a circle ain’t my thing,” Oddisee raps on “Belong to the World,” an introspective track from his most recent LP, The Good Fight. It’s a meditation on...

New Release Features Jazz Flutist Sam Most's 'Breathy, Punchy Sound'

From the Attic of My Mind is a batch of reissues drawn from the old Xanadu catalog of Sam Most recordings. Critic Kevin Whitehead says the late flutist makes "every note in a fast phrase pop out."