The women wrestlers of WWE have created a movement. Is it built to last?

“When World Wrestling Entertainment star Sasha Banks started watching wrestling as a child, her favorite wrestler was Eddie Guerrero, one of the most charismatic, creative and technically gifted wrestlers of all time. Her options for a favorite female wrestler were more limited.

“At that time, there were great, athletic women that would have matches that would be two or three minutes long. Or bikini contests,” she recalls. “As a little girl, at 10 years old, to tell your mom you want to be in the WWE . . . she doesn’t really want to support that dream you have.”

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The beautiful community of Near Northeast, the band

“A half-hour before the band’s first show, D.C. foursome Near Northeast settled on their moniker, after the neighborhood that housed their first practice space. Later, they found out that the area was historically known as “Swampoodle,” a name befitting a more twee, playful or whimsical band.”

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Three up-and-coming female rappers show their talent — briefly — at Fillmore Silver Spring

“On the eve of International Women’s Day, America’s Next Top Rapper played an all-too-brief set at a radio station-sponsored show, started a minor Twitter controversy and ended the night by making it rain at a strip club. For most people, that would be the height of excitement. For Megan Thee Stallion, that’s just Thursday.”

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After years sharpening his craft, Olumide is using the crowd as his energy catalyst

“Growing up in Riverdale, Md., Michael Olumide Ogunnubi — who performs as Olumide — saw hip-hop as a way to fool around with his siblings, imitating music videos on VHS or recording Weird Al-styled parodies with a USB microphone borrowed from a PlayStation. But after feasting on a diet of such aughts heavyweights as 50 Cent, the Game, T.I., Ludacris and Chamillionaire, the 27-year-old talent got more serious about his craft, quietly recording music and eventually releasing it into the world.”

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Stars collide — literally — in William Basinski’s newest musical composition

“On his forthcoming release “On Time Out of Time,” composer William Basinski samples the sound of two black holes colliding, creating more energy than all the stars in the universe and a rift in space-time.”

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At the Fillmore, Nao demonstrated the power of her celestial voice

“It was only about a half-hour into Nao’s set at the Fillmore Silver Spring when an audience member passed out. As security provided assistance, the British soul singer sheepishly joked, “I didn’t know my voice could do that.” The sold-out crowd spent the rest of Tuesday night finding out exactly what her voice can do.”

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Juana reconnected with her old friend techno, and the relationship’s thriving

“These days, if you catch a DJ set by Juana at a secret warehouse rave or subterranean nightclub party, you’re likely to be inundated by techno, that pulsating and pneumatic attack girded by nonstop industrial grooves and synthesizer squelches. But it wasn’t always that way for the Chicago-born, D.C.-based selector.”

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At the 9:30 Club, Noname proved she can out-rap most rappers — even when she’s sick

“At one point at the 9:30 Club, Noname promised: “I’m going to be transparent with you.” All tour long, she confessed, she had been having trouble getting through the entirety of her just-released track, “Song 31.” Her Wednesday night show was no different, but after a break for water and encouragement from the crowd, she tiptoed her way through her latest lyrical minefield to cheers.”

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