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Just because it's old-time doesn't mean it has to be old-fashioned: That's the takeaway from "Hit 'Em Up Style," the hip-hop cover by black string trio The Carolina Chocolate Drops. "It's a real American kind of thing," says multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens. "You take a hip-hop tune, you put it on a banjo and there you […]

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Jason Smith, the singer/songwriter/composer known as Night's Bright Colors (NBC), released the fourth and final installment in his Hospital Quartet on Sunday, May 2. The album — like its predecessors — is available online only, by free download. The drop date was significant: It was Smith's birthday. He begins a new year as his current […]