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First Listen: 'Tudo' By Bebel Gilberto

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tudo is the latest album from Bebel Gilberto, who began singing at seven years old with her father bossa nova great Joao Gilberto. This latest CD is an artful contribution to Bebel Gilberto's career.

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Concerts from The Frick Collection

Swan Song from Baritone Wolfgang Holzmair

Monday, August 11, 2014

More than 20 years after his New York debut at the Frick, Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair performs here on his farewell tour.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Larkin Grimm

Monday, August 11, 2014

Beguiling and colorful singer is at Cake Shop tonight. Listen to 'Paradise & So Many Colors.'

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New Sounds

African Crossover Music

Monday, August 11, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to musicians from Belgium, Switzerland, the U.K., and Italy working together with musicians living in Kenya, Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.  Hear the late American slide guitarist Bob Brozman working together with Guinean kora player Djeli Moussa Diawara from a record called “Ocean Blues.” Then there’s music from another American guitarist Ry Cooder, collaborating with the late great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure, along with some Saharan desert blues from Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara.

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Hammered!

Sounds of Summer with Lisa Moore

Monday, August 11, 2014

The inevitable has begun: Central Park cicadas have started to buzz as the twilight fireflies flash their escape, and all in time for more glistening super moon summer evenings. Enjoy the sounds of the season and join Hammered!’s summer-guest-host Lisa Moore this week for sultry summer tracks.

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Know Your Riot Grrrls

Monday, August 11, 2014

Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. In this edition of our new series, How To Be Smarter About…, Soundcheck helps you feel more knowledgeable about the punk feminist movement known as riot grrrl.

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How To Be Smarter About… Riot Grrrl; Tori Amos Picks Three; Somi Plays Live

Monday, August 11, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck kicks off our “How To Be Smarter About…” series with a look at the feminist punk movement known as riot grrrl. Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, clears up misconceptions and drops some knowledge on producer Katie Bishop.

Then: Singer-songwriter Tori Amos is back in New York this week on her Unrepentant Geraldines tour and stops by the Soundcheck studio to share three songs that left a lasting impact on her.

And: In 2011, the New York-based vocalist and songwriter Somi traveled to the Nigerian city of Lagos. Now, her experiences and observations from her 18-month stay are reflected on her latest album – fittingly titled The Lagos Music Salon. Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Exploring Music

A Green and Pleasant Land

Monday, August 11, 2014

With William Blake’s famous words as a stepping-off point, host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week traversing the pastoral musical landscapes of the British Isles.

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Pick Three: Tori Amos

Monday, August 11, 2014

After 22 albums, including her latest, Unrepentant Geraldines, the acclaimed and influential singer-songwriter reflects on three songs from her childhood that she still carries with her today.

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First Listen: Bishop Allen, 'Lights Out'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summery but subtle, Lights Out is the sound of a band that's mastered the art of quality control, just in time to release an album that's all highlights.

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First Listen: Kimbra, 'The Golden Echo'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

She's working with refracted echoes of sounds that came before, but Kimbra makes them golden on her second album. Throughout The Golden Echo, she has a grand time testing the limits of her music.

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First Listen: Imogen Heap, 'Sparks'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sparks documents a fruitful time for one of popular music's most curious explorers. But it also captures how, in the 21st century, art, technology and life meld to make whole new narratives.

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First Listen: Cymbals Eat Guitars, 'Lose'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

If the Staten Island band has a unifying philosophy, it's that rock music is a negotiable solid, one that should be assembled with great energy and not-inconsiderable exertion.

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First Listen: Benjamin Booker, 'Benjamin Booker'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Flashing both the raw talent of a recruit and the acumen of a much older musician, the singer-guitarist's self-titled debut shows off both his youth and his grasp of past musical forms.

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First Listen: Orenda Fink, 'Blue Dream'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

More than half the songs on Blue Dream feature the word "love" somewhere, and every moment of Fink's performance sounds as if it's being sung into someone's ear, not a microphone.

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First Listen: Bebel Gilberto, 'Tudo'

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A soft, breezy summer record, Tudo lives up to Gilberto's status as a member of Brazilian musical royalty. It strikes the perfect mix of chill and melancholy that's become her specialty.

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All Things Considered

Fifty Years Of 'Farmer John': A Hit That Opened The Door For Chicano Rock

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Before the summer of 1964, major labels had little interest in Mexican-American bands. Then came The Premiers.

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WQXR Blog

U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Priceless Bagpipes

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review its rules about ivory imports after two New Hampshire teenagers' bagpipes were seized at the Canadian border.

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Who's The Boss? Sinead O'Connor Has A New Answer

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In an extended interview, the singer addresses exploitation in the music industry, her own troubled childhood and what she's learned from Beyoncé, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin.

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Spinning on Air

Tom Brosseau's Songs of Wonder, Wondering, and Modern Devices

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.

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