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The Rosebuds: 'Sand And Silence' And Soul Searching

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hear the North Carolina duo The Rosebuds play songs from their latest album, called Sand + Silence -- produced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon at his April Base Studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

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PRI's The World

Be careful the next time you leave the country with your bagpipes

Friday, August 08, 2014

18-year-old Campbell Webster had his bagpipes seized while crossing the US-Canada border, just days before he was due to fly to Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships. That's because the pipes are made out of ivory, and new rules about the ivory trade are tripping up musicians like him.

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Fresh Air

Jaki Byard, A Post-Bebop Pianist Who Was A Master Of Stride Piano

Friday, August 08, 2014

On The Late Show, a set of previously unheard solo music from 1979, the jazz pianist employs techniques like suspenseful dropouts. He had a rare ability to sound archaic — and way ahead of his time.

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Community

WNYC in the Community: Summer Festivals!

Friday, August 08, 2014

WNYC in the Community: Summer Festivals 2014! 

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Burt Bacharach On Piano Jazz

Friday, August 08, 2014

In this session from 2005, the prolific songwriter performs some of his most famous works, such as "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "Close to You."

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The Undeniable Strength Of A Great Song

Friday, August 08, 2014

A gloriously unexpected cover of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" is just one surprise on this week's episode of Alt.Latino.

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tUnE-yArDs On World Cafe

Friday, August 08, 2014

The inventive, imaginative Merrill Garbus performs three songs and discusses the element of risk.

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Song Premiere: Electric Würms, 'I Could Only See Clouds'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hear a new song from Electric Würms, the side project for Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and multi-instrumentalist Steve Drozd.

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A Rational Conversation: Will Bikini Kill Ever Make The Rock Hall Of Fame?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Women were crucial members of 1990s alt-rock. As the '90s revival reaches its peak, are we giving those musicians enough credit today?

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The Takeaway

How the Korean Government Made the Country Cool

Friday, August 08, 2014

How and why South Korea’s government is investing in boosting the nation’s cultural profile. Euny Hong is the author of "The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture." She says that in these dark days of debt, Korea found its answer in a then revolutionary idea: the internet. 

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Drum Fill Friday: Classical Headbanging Edition

Friday, August 08, 2014

In classical music, percussionists go wild with drums of all shapes and sizes. Can you guess which pieces spotlight the timpani, snare and bass drums?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Korean Pop Culture, Back to Back Storms Slam Hawaii, and Threats of Genocide in Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

1. The Threat of Genocide Takes the U.S. Back to Iraq | 2. Hawaii Braces for First Hurricane in 22 Years | 3. Movie Date: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' 'Into the Storm,' and 'The Hundred-Foot Journey"  | 4. How the Korean Government Made the Country Cool

New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Daniel Felsenfeld's Epic Triptych of Fear, Murder and Sexuality

Friday, August 08, 2014

The last day of the 2014 Ferus Festival featured three cantatas by David Felsenfeld covering topics of fear, jealousy, slavish devotion, anxiety and murder.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Brandi & The Alexanders

Friday, August 08, 2014

Soulful R&B band lead by powerhouse vocalist is at Bitter End tomorrow night. Download "Bad Love."

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New Sounds

Post-Minimalist Keyboard Works

Friday, August 08, 2014

For this New Sounds show, listen to post-minimalist works  that are somewhat keyboard-centric.  Hear music by Daniel Wohl, from the musicians of TRANSIT, and featuring vocals by Julia Holter.   There’s also music from French composer Sylvain Chaveau, from a collection of works for cinema, along with another piece used in film by Clint Mansell, his “Welcome to Lunar Industries.”  Plus, the Irish composer Simon O’Connor reworks J.S. Bach for the Ergodos Musicians, and a multi-part work by Nico Muhly from his “Drones” release.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, August 07, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — infographic violence, a moth's big moment, the real Uncle Sam, This day in TRL, and Lorde's "Royals" takes a rural victory lap.

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Latin Roots: 'Uncommon Common Ground'

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A look at unexpected musical hybrids: what happens when Mexican and Indian styles meet, and more.

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Sonny Knight & The Lakers On World Cafe

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The soul singer spent decades working as a truck driver before rededicating himself to his dream.

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Fresh Air

Douglas and Caine Find 'Present Joys' In The Sacred Harp Songbook

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Virtuoso jazz musicians Dave Douglas and Uri Caine perform from their new album of duets. It features hymns based on a tradition called shape-note singing, which dates to the early 1800s.

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All Things Considered

Your Favorite Songs, Abridged

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A Top 40 radio station in Calgary, Alberta, is promising listeners "twice the music" — by cutting the length of its songs in half.

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