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Feist’s return to D.C. was well worth the wait

“When Feist told the sold-out crowd at the Lincoln Theatre that “it’s been a while, D.C.,” it wasn’t just because her tours haven’t come through the DMV lately. While it has been five years since she performed in the area, and 10 since she played D.C. proper, her absence hasn’t just been physical: Until the release of “Pleasure” earlier this year, it had been nearly six years since fans had held or heard a new album by Leslie Feist.”

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The latest, and strongest, and most soulful JMSN sways into 9:30 Club

“Just because you got a preconceived notion of what I should do,” JMSN sings on his new album “Whatever Makes U Happy,” “don’t mean it’s the truth.” The lyric is a bit of wisdom that JMSN, the Los Angeles-via-Detroit singer-songwriter born Christian Berishaj, has gleaned after more than a decade in the music industry.

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Is Mick Jenkins the next Chance the Rapper?

“For most rappers, “THC” stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana. For Mick Jenkins, it also stands for “The Healing Component,” which, as he explains on the album of the same name, is God’s love. That type of wordplay — flipping a rap trope into a lofty idea — is a key part of Jenkins’s verbal alchemy, with lyrics that favor the Christian gospels and reject the gospel of contemporary rap.”

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Origin story: D.C. DJ-producer Will Eastman and the creative force that fueled ‘Hilo’

“Editing is the craft of mourning what you need to kill,” says Will Eastman, recalling a lesson he learned when he worked at the Smithsonian. “The more brutal and ruthless you are, the better it will be.” As he was crafting what would become his debut album, the DJ-producer (and owner of U Street Music Hall) recorded 24 songs over a two-year period, rearranging and reconfiguring them as 68 different playlists on his iPhone.

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What does rap sound like in 2017? A variety of answers from Boogie, Kemba and Kaiydo

What does rap sound like in 2017? Is it Kendrick Lamar’s visceral, big-picture poetry? Is it the machine-gunned triplet attack of Migos? Is it the synesthetic sound-play of Future and Young Thug? Is it the goody-two-shoes gospel of Chance the Rapper? While hip-hop heads continue this eternal debate, the next generation of rappers is figuring it out for itself. On Tuesday night, a handful of these new voices performed at the Rock & Roll Hotel, following in the wake of Kendrick and Chance with lyric-loaded jams perfect for both the poetry slam and the house party.

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JoJo is back — and proves her teen success was not a fluke

“JoJo is only 26 years old, but her musical career was almost over before it really started. After scoring TV time as a preternaturally talented singer at 7 years old, she signed a record deal at 12 and had a No. 1 pop song by 13, seemingly ready to pick up the big-voiced teen pop baton from recently “Stripped” Christina Aguilera. And then, nothing: JoJo (born Joanna Levesque) spent nearly a decade locked in a battle with her record label that prevented her from releasing new music.”

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Float along with Alina Baraz’s moody, R&B-inspired vocals

Alina Baraz makes music that washes over you. Fittingly, her lyrics dip their toes into aquatic themes, as well. On her breakthrough single, “Fantasy,” she sings, “Listen to the waves, let them wash away your pain.”

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