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The Brothers Balliett

We Believe in the Groove

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Brothers Balliett operate on a 10-point manifesto that concludes with "We Believe In the Groove." Today at 3 pm, join them for an hour all about groove in contemporary music, and the different kinds of groove that can be achieved by different voices.

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Labor Disputes Create New Drama At The Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Fred Plotkin, of WQXR's Operavore blog, helps make sense of what the New York Times has called the Met's most serious labor crisis in three decades.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: New Releases And Debuts, Part 1

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks new sounds of the summer, combining artist debuts with the latest from musicians whose work has helped shape the sound of the program.

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In The Valley Below's Sunny And Subversive Synth Pop

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In The Valley Below could probably just do bright synth-pop, but what you get instead is something slightly more subversive. The Los Angeles duo's upcoming album, The Belt, isn't out for a few weeks yet, but the band has already unveiled a handful of songs with killer hooks and edgy guitars.

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Jon Bon Jovi Could Be The Next Owner Of The Buffalo Bills

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Jon Bon Jovi is a potential buyer of the Buffalo Bills football team, which is currently up for sale. But as it turns out, Bills fans are none too pleased about the prospect of their team being owned by the New Jersey rocker. We talk with Reeves Wiedeman of the New Yorker, who recently wrote a piece for New York magazine about why a group of diehard Bills fans have started a protest banning Bon Jovi music from Buffalo. 

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Ernest Ranglin On World Cafe

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Hear the 82-year-old Jamaican guitarist, arranger and legend perform four songs in the studio.

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Fresh Air

A Label Paramount To Early Blues And Jazz

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Between 1917 and 1932, the label released thousands of records. Jack White's Third Man Records has joined with the reissue label Revenant to release the first of two packages documenting Paramount.

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Sevyn Streeter Knocks Us Out

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The lyrics to the R&B singer's "It Won't Stop" are warm and unpretentious, while the performance demanded by the music is not for the meek. In a boxing gym, she executed with muscle and grace.

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Gregory Porter: Newport Jazz 2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The commanding singer named two of his three albums Water and Liquid Spirit. Appropriately, in his triumphant return to Newport, Porter projected his booming voice through day-long rain showers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Remembering Steve Post

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Share your memories of longtime WNYC radio host Steve Post (Morning Music, The No Show), along with his friend Larry Josephson, veteran public radio producer and host and founder of the Radio Foundation.

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A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.

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Song Exploder

Brian Reitzell - Watch Dogs

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In May 2014, the video game company Ubisoft released Watch Dogs, about a vigilante hacker in Chicago in the near future. Here's how the game is described on their website: "You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal...

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The Jonathan Channel

DJ Flops as Singer

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

For over a decade, in addition to working as a radio disc jockey, Jonathan Schwartz was a working musician. He recorded albums and took his music on the road. In this essay, he tells all about it. 

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WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: The Clientele

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The British indie-pop band stops by WAMU in Washington, D.C., to play songs from 2000's recently reissued Suburban Light. Watch Alasdair MacLean and his crew perform "Reflections After Jane."

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Not That Gomorrah Edition

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Slate critics Steve Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Marvel's latest franchise movie Guardians of the Galaxy, whether plagiarism is that big of a deal, and the intricacies of writing a new Gabfest theme song with composer Nick Britell.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

On Demand: Alumni Summer Encores

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This week, host Bob Sherman plays some summer encores from Young Artists Showcase alumni, including soprano Yulia van Doren, pianists Ilya Poletayev and Carlos Avila, and cellist James Kim.

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Gig Alert: Sister Sparrow

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Explosive funk band performs at Madison Square Park tonight. Download 'The Long Way.'

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Watch: Somi, In The Studio

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

When you hear Somi's globe-spanning music, you can hear her past come to life. The Illinois-born musician spent 18 months living in Nigeria -- where she collected the ideas that form her new album, The Lagos Music Salon. Watch Somi perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Mixtapes

Lisa Bielawa on Voices, Memories and Former Selves

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa has written for Boston Modern Orchestra Project and is a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble. Her Mixtape features music by Claude Vivier and Frank Zappa.

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Bon Jovi And The Buffalo Bills; David Gray Plays Live; Drama At The Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

In this episode: The NFL team the Buffalo Bills recently went up for sale – and Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi is one of the prospective buyers. The problem? He might want to move the team to Toronto. Writer Reeves Wiedeman talks about his recent trip to western New York, which is currently under an unofficial yet strictly enforced Bon Jovi ban.

Then: Best known for his song “Babylon,” and his multi-platinum album White Ladder, David Gray is back with a new, lushly orchestrated and produced album. Hear the British singer-songwriter perform songs from Life In Slow Motion and an old favorite in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The contentious negotiations between the Metropolitan Opera and its unions played out in the newspapers this summer. Author and columnist for WQXR’s Operavore blog, Fred Plotkin gives us the story.