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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

In the early 80s audiences at hardcore punk shows began pushing, shoving, and slamming into each other…in the friendliest of ways, of course. Today, our dance craze series heads into the mosh pit for a look at slam dancing. Plus, bassist Mike Watt of the punk band Minutemen joins us with a photo memoir. And, we get a preview of the new "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" music festival. Guests include guitarist Bryce Dessner, of The National.

Dance Craze: Mosh Pits

In the early ‘80s, audiences at hardcore punk shows began pushing, shoving and slamming into each other – in the friendliest way, of course. Musician, critic and author Michael Azerrad joins us to talk about the evolution of moshing - plus we hear from Jack Rabid, editor of the music magazine The Big Takeover.

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Mike Watt: On and Off Bass

Bassist Mike Watt began his career with the influential California punk group Minutemen in the 1980s, then launched more bands, a solo career, a gig with The Stooges – and an interest in photography. Watt joins us to talk about a photo memoir called "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass.”

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry with Bryce Dessner

“Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” is a new music festival curated by twin guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner, from the popular indie-rock band The National. We’ll get a preview as songwriter Jherek Bischoff and guitarist/performance artist Steven Reker of People Get Ready joins Bryce Dessner in our performance studio.   

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Gig Alert: Ed Askew

Folk singer-songwriter Ed Askew performs at Judson Memorial Church on Wednesday night. Download his song "Deep Waters."

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