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The Minguet Quartet Play Mendelssohn and Haydn

Monday, September 01, 2014

As part of its concert at the Frick Collection, the Minguet Quartet chose late string quartets by both Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Joseph Haydn.

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The Jonathan Channel

Album of the Week: "Waiting In Vain" from Gabrielle Stravelli

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This week, we're featuring the new album "Waiting in Vain" from classically trained vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli. Check out the new album with the free download, "Runnin' Back For More."

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First Listen: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

After a three-year hiatus, the singer's 14th album is the sound of a once-prolific genius who's only recently relearned what it's like to walk on steady footing.

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First Listen: Sean Rowe, 'Madman'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Madman shows Rowe mixing his folk and junk-shop rock styles together with new elements: soul, blues, gospel, R&B. The upshot, surprisingly, is his most coherent record yet.

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First Listen: Justin Townes Earle, 'Single Mothers'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Earle's latest songs have a new angle on the mercurial nature of infatuation; he's acknowledging how taxing it can be to live through youthful cycles of passion that flare up and flame out so quickly.

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First Listen: Tricky, 'Adrian Thaws'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

On his 11th album, the Massive Attack star still showcases a brooding, searching spirit and a cinematic sense of atmosphere. But he also plays around with new facets of his persona.

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First Listen: Death Blues, 'Ensemble'

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jon Mueller is thinking about death. It sounds like a hammer hitting an acoustic guitar. William Ryan Fritch joins the Volcano Choir drummer for a blown-out, hyper-real orchestra of the self.

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All Things Considered

Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The garage rocker performs stripped-down versions of songs from his new album, Manipulator, and tells NPR's Arun Rath why the new songs are less rough around the edges than some of his earlier work.

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Latin Indie Groups Cover Ricky Martin Hits

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NPR's Linda Wertheimer gets the latest in great Latin music from Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd.

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The Good Listener: Parents Just Don't Understand?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Thoughts on a timeless question: "How do you get your parents to respect the music of today?"

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Pipedreams

Telling Tales

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Some stories, with or without words, prove that music’s universal language is completely comprehensible.

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New Sounds

Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 2

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Listen to part two of the New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival concert with Dan Deacon from 2012, complete with classical instrument dance party set to a wooden block click track.

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Spinning on Air

John Zorn Presents Masada: Angels, Inspiration, and Improvisation

Sunday, August 31, 2014

John Zorn visits the WNYC Studio to present some of his Masada series of compositions along with pianist Uri Caine, guitarist Jon Madof, and saxophonist Uri Gurvich.

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All Things Considered

The Other Rock History

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.

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Anthony D'Amato: A Songsmith Schooled By A Master Poet

Saturday, August 30, 2014

As a student at Princeton, D'Amato was mentored in his songwriting by professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.

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Sturgill Simpson: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Kentucky native writes country music about loneliness, failed dreams, drinking and drugs. Here, he performs four of his songs with a thundering voice that makes the NPR offices shudder.

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Hip-Hop In Print: Brooklyn Publisher Looks To 'Reverse Gentrify' Literature

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.

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New Sounds

Live from Ecstatic Music 2012: Dan Deacon, Part 1

Saturday, August 30, 2014

For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to some highlights from the 2012 Ecstatic Music Festival, featuring music by electronic rocker & composer Dan Deacon. (Part 1 of 2).

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: The Summer of 2014, Racial Diversity, and Rewriting Memories

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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