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World Cafe Next: Emil Friis

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Danish musician originally wrote this music for a French gangster film that didn't pan out.

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The Suffers On World Cafe

Monday, April 20, 2015

World Cafe's studio as rarely as crowded as it is during this session with the 10-piece soul band.

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Chris Washburne And The SYOTOS Band, 'Stairway To Heaven'

Monday, April 20, 2015

This clever medley superimposes one of Duke Ellington's sacred works over a Led Zeppelin classic.

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The Jonathan Channel

Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Monday, April 20, 2015

Miss Jonathan's weekend shows? No worries, we've complied his playlists & created the perfect weekend mix. Take a look to see what was played & enjoy the mix using our Spotify player. 

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Morning Edition

Jazz's 'Sound Seeker' Finds Ancient Strings From Hungary And Greece

Monday, April 20, 2015

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has built his career on merging musical styles, places and times. For his latest album, the newly minted NEA Jazz Master worked in two old European instruments.

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Soundcheck

Celebrating 50 Years Of Musical Incompetence

Monday, April 20, 2015

As PDQ Bach celebrates his 50th anniversary, creator and composer Peter Schickele talks about how to make serious music funny, and how to take funny music seriously.

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New Sounds

All Fours

Monday, April 20, 2015

Listen to music for quartets, but not the usual two violins, viola, and cello. Rather, the guiding principle will be four musicians, playing everything from marimba to mandolin.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: HEEMS

Monday, April 20, 2015

New York-based MC steps out with new record 'Eat Pray Thug' at Baby's All Right. 

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First Listen: Brown Bird, 'Axis Mundi'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

David Lamb of the folk duo Brown Bird died of leukemia in 2014. One year later, his musical and life partner Morgan Eve Swain is set to release the pair's final album together.

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First Listen: Bill Fay, 'Who Is The Sender?'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Now on a tear after a decades-long hiatus, the cult songwriter mixes plain, uncomplicated humanist charm with a more questing cosmic aim.

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First Listen: Paul De Jong, 'IF'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The cellist and audio collagist unabashedly embraces and refines The Books' sound on his solo debut, which contains some of the most resonant and beautiful music of his career.

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First Listen: Jackson Scott, 'Sunshine Redux'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

If the psych-rock practitioner's goal is to disorient, he's succeeded. But Scott accomplishes it with the tuneful exuberance required to bring so many elements together.

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First Listen: Braids, 'Deep In The Iris'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Where the band's last album used prickly electronics and cavernous arrangements to hold humanity at arm's length, Deep In The Iris turns those elements into lulling hymns to cleansing and redemption.

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First Listen: Mew, '+-'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Six years after its last full-length album, the Danish progressive-pop band has morphed again, this time into a more streamlined, potent, startlingly evolved version of itself.

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All Things Considered

System Of A Down, Armenia's Favorite Sons, On Facing History

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The band is performing in its ethnic homeland for the first time, on the centennial of the Armenian genocide. Singer Serj Tankian says that as historical events go, this one couldn't be more personal.

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Howard Seniors Look Back On The Soundtrack To Their College Years

Sunday, April 19, 2015

As graduation nears, the four students of The Howard Project share the songs that have carried them through the past four years — from "He Has His Hands On You" to India.Arie's "Beautiful Surprise."

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Live At Guitar Center: A Lot Of Noise And A Little Fun

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York musician Noah Wall surreptitiously recorded amateurs fiddling with guitars, pianos, keyboards, drums and more at a Guitar Center. He captured a lot of bad music and some wild ambition.

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After A Change Of Heart, Marina Reclaims The Diamonds

Sunday, April 19, 2015

For about two years, Marina Diamandis donned a platinum-blonde wig and became Electra Heart. But the pop singer has ditched her alter ego for a sound and persona that's all her own.

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Pipedreams

Americans Abroad

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Though relatively few in number, some significant instruments by organ builders from the U. S. have found themselves as musical ambassadors in foreign settings.

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New Sounds

Strings and Drones

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On this New Sounds, droning chords provide the foundation for improvisation, melody, and exploration from string instruments. 

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