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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Some remember Sting's pre-1993 career as the true period filled with "fields of gold." Others prefer the pop superstar's life (both musical and otherwise) since then. Leave it to Soundcheck to settle the question -- guest host Elliott Forrest of WQXR dons the whistle to referee this Smackdown debate. Plus: The Atlantic Yards development project in Brooklyn has inspired a musical called "In the Footprint." The cast performs live in our studio.

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Elliott Forrest

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In The Footprint

The Atlantic Yards project began with grand ambitions for a basketball arena, skyscrapers and housing in Brooklyn. It ended up dividing communities – and inspiring a musical called “In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards.” Writer and director Steven Cosson and composer Michael Friedman talk about turning community activism and state-agency acronyms into music. And, the cast performs songs from the show live in our studio.

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Playlist: Sting Smackdown + In The Footprint

Click through to see the music played on Soundcheck today!

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Gig Alert: Honey Ear Trio

The Honey Ear Trio take a unique approach to the jazz saxaphone trio that includes funky beats and live electronics. Download the band's "Steampunk Serenade" here.

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Gig Alert: The Sway Machinery

The Sway Machinery, a NYC band that merges funky dance party music with the Jewish cantorial repertoire, celebrates the night before the start of Hanukkah at Brooklyn Bowl. Download the band's "Skin to Skin," featuring Khaira Arby.

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