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Washington D.C.-based band Empresarios and Colombia-born artist Ephniko fuse the fiery sounds of salsa with the rhythms of hip-hop and reggae to create "Canto a La Vida," a reworking of Héctor Lavoe’s well-known song, "El Cantante."

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 10:10

Midyear 2014: KDHX top album spins

As we hit the midpoint of another year, here are KDHX's top spins so far. These albums are time-tested 2014 releases that have excited our DJs over and over again.

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Wakarusa brings out the best in people -- bands love it, campers love it -- everyone is having a grand ole' time.

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Sunday, 01 June 2014 12:00

The Snails 6/1/14

Hailing from Philadelphia, the Snails pay homage to classic Jamaican music, evoking the sounds of acts like the Maytals and the Skatalites.

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Reggae music can be somewhat polarizing – people tend to either really love it or really don't. For those who do – myself included – Bob Marley is generally regarded as the Godfather of reggae, and certainly the most widely known and celebrated reggae artist outside of Jamaica. Marley's songs have endured the test of time and continue to resonate with audiences around the world.

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New York natives the Slackers took the stage of the Firebird on Thursday night, accompanied by the Bishops, and locals the Rocksteady Flyers.

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The DJs of 88.1 KDHX have picked their "Songs of the Year," and the resulting list -- spanning all manner of sounds and styles, ranging from radio hitmakers to local heroes -- forms a pretty comprehensive (and thoroughly enjoyable) look back at the year in music that was 2013.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 08:00

88.1 KDHX top album spins of 2013

As KDHX reaches the end of an era and begins broadcasting from the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media in Grand Center, we're also reaching the end of 2013.

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Life is heavy, and the world can seem like a cold, harsh place. Sometimes you just need a hug. Other times you need a release – to scream at the top of your lungs, or jump up and down or dance until you literally collapse. Along with his band, Spearhead, Michael Franti offered plenty of opportunities for all of the above as he returned to the Pageant Thursday night.

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Flagship 2Tone group the English Beat returns to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Wednesday, August 28, promoting a new various artists anthology of English Beat cover songs benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust.  Lead singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling spoke to me recently about the album and the charity, dropping a bit of eclectic English social history along the way.

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