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DJ Sessions: Back To The Land With Bluegrass

July 3, 2014
Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley performs in 2008 (Rob Crawford/Flickr).

WVTF’s Kinney Rorrer shares a bluegrass playlist, including legend Ralph Stanley, Virginia’s own Junior Sisk and supergroup Close Kin.

Rosanne Cash Speaks Out On Music Licensing

June 26, 2014
Roseanne Cash, pictured here in January 2014 at a WFUV event in New York City, testified before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday about music licensing and illegal downloading. (Gus Philippas/WFUV)

The musician and daughter of Johnny Cash is asking Congress to do more to protect the rights of musicians.

Neil Gaiman Brings A Multimedia Extravaganza To Carnegie Hall

June 25, 2014
Neil Gaiman poses at the Warner Brothers TV 2013 SXSW party on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

The acclaimed English author will be performing his latest work with a live musical score and projected illustrations.

DJ Sessions: Hip Hop That’s Making Waves

June 25, 2014
Vic Mensa, the 21-year-old Chicago MC, will have a new EP "Street Lights" in 2014. (Coup d'Oreille/Flickr)

KCRW’s Travis Holcombe shares a playlist featuring British rapper Kate Tempest, Chicago’s Vic Mensa and indie popsters Glass Animals.

The Ghostly Sound Of The Theremin

June 23, 2014
Jon Bernhardt playing the theremin in the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Even if you’re not familiar with the musical instrument called the theremin, chances are you’ve heard its ghostly sound.

Jungle: A British Music Collective With Disco Beats

June 23, 2014
The London music collective Jungle is led by Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, who go by J and T. (Oliver Hadlee Pearch)

We sit down with the band’s two founding members, Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland – also known as J and T.

John Lloyd Young Takes ‘Jersey Boys’ From Broadway To Screen

June 20, 2014
John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli in the new movie "Jersey Boys." (Warner Bros.)

When Clint Eastwood scouted him to star in the movie, he had already played Frankie Valli more than 1,300 times.

Hit ’60s Songwriter Gerry Goffin Dies

June 20, 2014
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You may not know the name, but you’ll definitely know his music.

David Gray: Melancholy Is The Flavor Of My Music

June 17, 2014
David Gray is a British singer-songwriter from Sale, England. His latest album is "Mutineers." (Facebook)

The British singer-songwriter talks about his music and plays songs off his new album “Mutineers,” which is his tenth record.

DJ Sessions: American Jazz With A European Twist

June 11, 2014
Jazz musician Julie Lavender shares some of her favorite Roma-influenced jazz musicians, including the trio Ameranouche, who hail from her homestate of New Hampshire. (djDjango/Flickr)

Jazz musician Julie Lavender shares a number of Greek, Turkish, Balkan and Roma-influenced groups.

Ziggy Marley: Making Music For Children And Adults

June 10, 2014
Ziggy Marley (ziggymarley.com)

The Jamaican musician has a new album and released a children’s book based on his song “I Love You Too.”

John Fullbright Plays From New Album ‘Songs’

June 5, 2014
Oklahoman singer-songwriter John Fullbright is out with a new album called "Songs." (Kate Burns)

The 26-year-old musician from Oklahoma discusses his music and plays songs from “Songs.”

‘Chapel Of Love’ Song Turns 50

June 4, 2014
Members of the singing group The Dixie Cups, from left, Rosa Hawkins, Barbara Hawkins and Athelgra Gabriel, pose for a photo during the reception for the 13th Annual Pioneer Awards presented by the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003 in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The members of The Dixie Cups discuss their 1964 hit about “going to the chapel.”

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Stays Independent

June 3, 2014
Clap Your Hands Say Yea frontman Alec Ounsworth performs a living room concert in Saint-Gilles, Belgium. (Facebook)

Alec Ounsworth, frontman of the Philadelphia-based band, talks about his new album and staying close to fans.

Aretha Franklin Performs The National Anthem At Harvard Graduation

May 30, 2014
Aretha Franklin performs the National Anthem at Harvard University's 2014 commencement. (Screenshot)

“The Queen of Soul” had the crowd cheering with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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