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Friday, July 09, 2010

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Spain and The Netherlands battle it out in Sunday's World Cup Final – two countries with distinct musical traditions. Today, we look at the music of the World Cup finalists, from Spanish flamenco to Dutch pop. Also, Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet known for its own globe-trotting, takes on the classical tradition.

 

Music of the World Cup: The Finalists

One has experimental jazz, an acclaimed symphony orchestra, and plenty of "Nederpop." The other has flamenco, zarzuela, a strong opera tradition and a cornucopia of pop and rock styes. As The Netherlands and Spain battle it out in the World Cup final on Sunday, we offer the final installment of our series on Music of the World Cup.

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Picks of the Week

Soundcheck's Picks of the Week include a cross-continental collaboration and a new album by a bagpipe virtuoso.

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Brooklyn Rider Live

The young string quartet Brooklyn Rider takes on everything from Debussy and John Cage to works featuring the Japanese shakuhachi and electronics. With their high-energy performing style and occasional gigs in rock clubs, the group is helping to shake up the once staid image of the string quartet.

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Music of the World Cup Final

Two countries fight for the World Cup.  Can their music predict the outcome?

Kurt Vile

Gig Alerts: Kurt Vile

The lo-fi singer-songwriter performs Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge. Download his stark tune "I Know I Got Religion."

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De La Soul

Gig Alerts: De La Soul

The iconic hip-hop group close out this year's Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival with an outdoor show Saturday at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Tobacco Warehouse. Download their anthemic track "Big Mouf."

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Gig Alerts: Bear In Heaven

The Brooklyn electro-rockers play a free show at the South Street Seaport Friday night. Download the foreboding remix of their track "Ultimate Satisfaction."

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