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Friday, February 18, 2011

Jimmy Buffett was recently hospitalized after tumbling off a concert stage - alarming many of the "Margaritaville" singer's most devoted listeners: Parrot Heads. Our occasional series on Superfans continues with a look inside their colorfully tropical world. And: singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch performs live. Plus: we announce the jam packed line-up of our Greene Space show for Friday, February 25th.

Pop’s Mad Scientist in The Greene Space

Thomas Dolby blinded us with science in the 1980s. Now, he’s putting out his first new album in almost 20 years. We’ll get an exclusive preview as Dolby and special guests perform for our live audience in The Greene Space. Plus: a performance by Jamaican mento group the Jolly Boys. That's next Friday, February 25th at 2pm. Be in our audience! Ticket information here.

 

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Superfans: Parrot Heads

A recent off-stage tumble in Sydney sent musician Jimmy Buffett to the hospital. It also sent shockwaves through the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” singer’s notoriously colorful fanbase. Today: our series on fan communities examines the cult of so-called “Parrot Heads” with Scott Nickerson, founder of Parrot Heads in Paradise, an international association of Parrot Head clubs. Margaritas may be served.

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In Studio: Alexi Murdoch

Singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch’s gentle voice and mesmerizing guitar playing have drawn comparisons to Nick Drake. Nine of his songs were included on the soundtrack to director Sam Mendes’ film “Away We Go” in 2009. Now, the London-born musician is back with a new album, “Towards the Sun.” He plays live in our studio

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Playlist: Parrot Heads + Alexi Murdoch

Click through to see today's Soundcheck playlist!

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Yann Tiersen

Gig Alert: Yann Tiersen

Film composer Yann Tiersen, famed for his 2001 Amelie soundtrack, performs with his orchestra tonight at the Highline Ballroom. Download "Ashes" from his new album Dust Lane here for free.

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Friends

Gig Alert: Friends

The Brooklyn quintet Friends is one part “weird-pop” and one part “tropicool,” with African-inspired rhythms that splash over the rim of a glass. Download the band’s debut single “Friend Crush” here.

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Reigning Sounds

Gig Alert: Reigning Sound

Garage punk legend Greg Cartwright heads up the southern rock band Reigning Sound. Download the band's track "Broken Things" here from the 2009 album Love and Curses.

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