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Non-Classical Music (Special Podcast)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WNYC

For this New Sounds, listen to some non-classical music from classically-trained musicians, including an acoustic music quartet that is neither classical nor jazz - The 442s, comprised of members of the St. Louis Symphony, and jazz musicians. There’s also new music from Shara Worden, who records as My Brightest Diamond, from her brand-new EP, "None More Than You" scored for vocals, brass and percussion – something that can be performed with say – a marching band! Then, hear music by Andrew McKenna Lee with members of the Knells, some very cinematic work by the French-born London-based Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, and more music from the L.A.-based collective, wild Up. Plus, something from electronic musician/ sound designer/ producer/ programmer Michael Hammond, aka No Lands, as well as a tune from cellist Erik Friedlander. And more.

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Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

Thursday, August 14, 2014

We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.

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World of Opera

Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea from Paris

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream: Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea proves that passion was plentiful in the opera house long before Verdi and Puccini hit the scene — and that virtue doesn't always win out in the end.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Junior Brown

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Inventive country legend is at City Winery this evening. Listen to 'Apathy Waltz'  

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Soundcheck

How To Be Smarter About... Brian Lehrer's Home Audio

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. In this special edition of our new series, How To Be Smarter About…, Soundcheck helps WNYC morning host Brian Lehrer learn more about speakers and headphones. 

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Fishko Files

Alex North

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Composer Alex North was best known for his sharp and observant film scores, including the iconic music for "Streetcar Named Desire"  --but his music always spoke for itself.  In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko provides details on the work of one of Hollywood's most modest citizens (March 2012).  

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Soundcheck

How To Be Smarter About... The Brian Lehrer Edition; Nina Simone; Wildcat! Wildcat! Plays Live

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck's How To Be Smarter About... series -- about addressing musical blind spots -- continues with WNYC host Brian Lehrer, who tells us a musical topic he’d like to know more on – and we help to fill in the gaps.

Then: Claudia Roth Pierpont discusses her new essay for the New Yorker which explored Nina Simone’s complicated relationship with the civil rights movement and with her own racial self-identification. Pierpont tells Soundcheck about how these issues influenced both the singer’s public persona and works like her perceptive song “Four Women.”

And: Hear the infectious, expansive synth pop of Wildcat! Wildcat! as the L.A. band performs songs from its debut, No Moon At All, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Wildcat! Wildcat!: Expansive Pop With Big Hooks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hear the Los Angeles indie band Wildcat! Wildcat! perform its expansive pop in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Brothers Balliett

Guerrilla Composer Portrait: Richard Festinger

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continuing their series of Guerrilla Composer Portraits, in which a composer is featured without their foreknowledge or permission, the Brothers Balliett set their sites on the fascinating American composer Richard Festinger. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Song Travels

Curtis Stigers & Michael Feinstein Talk Rodgers & Hart

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Today at 3PM, tune in for Song Travels with Michael Feinstein.  Vocalist and songwriter Curtis Stigers joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss his journey to become a songwriter and offers his interpretation of a Rodgers and Hart song, “You Are Too Beautiful.”

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New Sounds

Alone at My Wedding

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival, Part II

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Philharmonic's Beethoven piano concertos festival continues this week with music director Alan Gilbert leading the orchestra in the Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist.

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Soundcheck

Jon Ronson On 'Frank'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Author and journalist Ronson discusses the new film, Frank, and its accompanying short book, and delves deep into the inner workings of art pop performance artist Frank Sidebottom.

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PRI's The World

A Hamas terror anthem is Israel's biggest summer hit

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When fighting broke out in Gaza, Hamas recorded a music video to encourage its fighters and scare Israelis. Instead, the song has become a huge hit in Israel.

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Jonathan Wilson On World Cafe

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wilson is known as a producer for Dawes, Father John Misty and Conor Oberst, but here he performs songs from his own recent album, Fanfare. Hear his performance and a brief interview.

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Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer.

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Viking's Choice: Accept, 'Final Journey'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Could Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg have guessed that, one day, a cocksure German heavy metal band — now 40 years strong — would pay tribute to his "Morning Mood" melody?

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The Jonathan Channel

Paris, Part One

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Last week, Jonathan Schwartz wrote an essay about his almost-successful career as a singer. This week, he tells the first part of his experience as a working musician in Paris.

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Sleepy Kitty, 'Don't You Start'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Look! It's a band! It's a screen-printing project! No, it's Sleepy Kitty! Watch this St. Louis duo make art punk fun and a very inky animation for this song from the album Projection Room.

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Morning Edition

In Stockton, Calif., Punks Are The New Mall Rats

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Abandoned storefronts in strip malls are common here in one of the largest cities to file for bankruptcy. But one abandoned storefront plays host to a thriving punk indie music scene.

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