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Newlywed Composer Christopher Rouse On His Encoded Musical Love Letters

In a piece on his latest album, the Pulitzer-winning composer uses a code of musical notes to spell out the name of his wife, Natasha. Another composition is inspired by her remarkable resilience.
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Sir E.U., Low End String Quartet

Songs featured Sept. 28, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....
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Milan Credle, Rival Skies

Songs featured Sept. 26, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....
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'There Wasn't None Of Us': Jean Shepard, Country Music Trailblazer, Dies At 82

Six decades ago, Shepard became the third woman to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The country music pioneer died Sunday outside Nashville.
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D.C.’s Fat Trel Covers ‘Broccoli,’ Because Why Not

The chipper, profane rap hit “Broccoli” by D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty has spawned a steady stream of remixes. That blocky piano riff is a blank slate, really — blank enough that D.C. rapper Fat Trel,...
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1966 Vs. 1971: When ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Became ‘Rock,’ And What We Lost

In 2009, musician and historian Elijah Wald published an overview of American pop from the 1890s to the 1960s he called How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ‘n’ Roll. The title was a bomb...
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Buckwheat Zydeco's Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Jr. Dies At 68

The international ambassador for Louisiana roots music died early Saturday morning of lung cancer.
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Rod Hamilton, Cynthia Marie

Songs featured Sept. 27, 2016, as part of Capital Soundtrack from WAMU 88.5. Read more about the project and submit your own local song....
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Angel Olsen Sings With Fierceness And Fatalism On 'My Woman'

Though Olsen sets pain and frustration to music in her latest album, critic Ken Tucker says it's clear that the singer is "very much in control of her emotions and her life."
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Off Stage And Inside The Life Of 'The Boss' Battling With Depression

Michel Martin chats with David Kamp about his Vanity Fair interview with Bruce Springsteen. In the book, called Born to Run, Springsteen opens up about his life and his history with mental illness.

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