Tonight on Soundcheck, we consider the recently announced MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grants, where musicians, writers, scientists, neurosurgeons and even string bow makers are awarded $500,000, no strings attached. Among the winners this year are mandolinist Chris Thile and writer Junot Diaz. But it got us thinking, "What would you do with the money if you won?"
Billboard editor and regular contributor Joe Levy weighs in on that question -- and discusses the success of folk rockers Mumford & Sons, whose new release is expected to top the charts this week.
Then, Faith Salie on television shows that do special "musical" episodes. What are the best ones?
And Cate Le Bon and her band drop by the studio to perform songs from her album and EP, CYRK and CYRK II, and sample a little cider.