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How To Be Smarter About... New Age; Boyhood's Solo Beatles Mixtape; In The Valley Below Plays Live

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 Soundcheck and the New York Times contributor Mike Rubin help Gem Club's Christopher Barnes get smarter about the much-maligned genre New Age.

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Gig Alert: Alejandra Ribera

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Canadian polyglot singer plays at Joe's Pub. Download 'I Want.'

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Christian Gregory On World Cafe

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Christian Gregory is a British singer who immersed himself in the grooves and style of vintage soul and R&B.

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Josephine Baker's Subversive 'Rainbow Tribe'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Author Matthew Pratt Guterl tells the story of singer and actress Josephine Baker's quest to create a family from all over the world.

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Guest DJ Ty Segall

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The fuzz-rock mastermind joins host Robin Hilton to share new music and explain how he changed his entire process to make his terrific new album Manipulator.

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How Well Do You Know Your Middle-Aged Pop Stars?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Weird Al" did it. So did Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Test your knowledge of middle-aged artists who hit No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart.

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The Jonathan Channel

Paris, Part Two

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Last week, Jonathan Schwartz began the retelling of his experience as a working musician in Paris. As promised, this week he's written the second installment.

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Hear: Liam Bailey, In The Studio

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hear the songwriter Liam Bailey perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Fresh Air

With Both Farce And Feeling, Currentzis' 'Figaro' Succeeds Magnificently

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

There are many recordings of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Do we need another?

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The Jonathan Channel

Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Miss Jonathan's weekend shows? Just in case, we've put together Jonathan's weekend playlists. Follow us on Spotify & listen to what you may have missed! 

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The Underachievers: 'We're Still Young'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"Now is the time that I'm actually thinking of myself as a musician," says Issa. "Things are hitting me like, 'Oh, damn, you have this responsibility.'"

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Top 40 In A Summer Of Discontent

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's striking how little current pop hits reflect the angst and anger that have dominated this summer's news. But critic Ann Powers finds that one of 2014's biggest songs offers unexpected guidance.

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Morning Edition

'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."

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Song Exploder

Spoon - Inside Out

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spoon was formed in 1993 by singer Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno. They've released eight albums, including their most recent record, They Want My Soul, which came out in August 2014. In this episode, Jim Eno breaks down the song Inside Out,...

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Meet the Composer

Preview: Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Preview the third episode of Meet the Composer featuring Donnacha Dennehy, a recently appointed professor at Princeton. The podcast will be available August 26 via iTunes.

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Senior Moments On The Charts; Benmont Tench Plays Live; Josephine Baker's 'Rainbow Tribe'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chris Molanphy gives a quiz about middle-aged artists (like Tom Petty and “Weird Al” Yankovic) who are scoring No. 1 albums for the first time.

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New Sounds

Bowed String Multiples

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Listen to music for multiple layers of violin, of viola, and of cello on this New Sounds show, including music by cellist Zoe Keating.

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Gig Alert: Run The Jewels

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Atlanta-Brooklyn collaborators bring their fast and funky beats to SIR Stage 37 tonight. Listen to 'Run The Jewels.'

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla: Just an Old Fashioned Love Song

Monday, August 18, 2014

Even for Messiaen, the Turangalîla-Symphony is weird. Stream the new recording by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony and Angela Hewitt all week. 

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The 'Garden State' Soundtrack: Still Changing Lives After Ten Years

Monday, August 18, 2014

Soundcheck talks to Buzzfeed's Reggie Ugwu about the impact of the compilation which introduced many to the likes of The Shins, Coldplay, Iron & Wine, and more. 

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