Do jazz musicians need academia? Local saxophonist Braxton Cook reflects on a new EP. [Arts Desk]

A roundup of free outdoor concerts in the area this summer [D.C. Music Download]

Listen to a playlist composed for the vibes of D.C. rooftop parties. [Bandwidth]

Beauty Pill‘s “Steven and Tiwonge,” a beautiful tribute to a real-life Malawian queer couple jailed for their relationship, is an appropriate soundtrack for Pride week. [All Songs Considered]

This year’s adorable National Book Festival poster was designed by Peter de Sève, of A Bug’s Life and Finding Nemo. [Post]