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First Listen: Spider Bags, 'Frozen Letter'

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Frontman Dan McGee writes songs with more personality than almost any in garage rock. This album exudes the unabashed glee that comes from music played hard and with reason.

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Senator Seeks Clarification of Carry-On Rules After Musician Booted From Plane

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The government should clarify federal rules about bringing musical instruments on to commercial flights as carry-on luggage, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said.

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Albums of the Week

Soprano Anna Prohaska Unpacks Four Centuries of Soldier Songs

Sunday, July 27, 2014

This week's featured albums include a collection of soldier songs, inspired by the World War I anniversary. Plus, we sample lighter releases of Sarasate and Weber.

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All Things Considered

Life Beyond The Dance Floor

Sunday, July 27, 2014

For former DJ Fin Greenall, jumping from the electronic to the acoustic music world meant re-learning how to read a crowd.

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Jenny Lewis, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

From spiky rock to country and folk-tinged pop, Jenny Lewis remains one of the smartest songwriters in the business. She performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.

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Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

Sunday, July 27, 2014

La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Mexican-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point.

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Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Into funk-jazz-Latino-soul-psychedelic-metal music? Then check out Brownout's new album Brown Sabbath. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with bandleader Greg Gonzalez about the surprising mix of styles.

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New Sounds

American Mavericks

Sunday, July 27, 2014

For this New Sounds, a look at the loner iconoclastic American maverick composers who have set the stage for New Sounds.  We'll hear music from composer (and insurance businessman) Charles Ives, and something by John Cage, the sound-experimenter and subscriber to chance. (We won't hear his most notorious piece, 4'33" - it just doesn't work on the radio.)

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Spinning on Air

Karen Mantler's Lean Songs for Lean Times

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Karen Mantler has felt the economic downturn. In fact, her new album is called "Business is Bad." But for Karen, less has always been more. Her jazzy songs are lean, witty, and keenly observed, without an once of fat, or an extra note. She brings her new trio, with Doug Wieselman and Kato Hideki, to the WNYC Studio, joining David Garland for performances and conversation.

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Pipedreams

Bach's the Best

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Whether on historic instruments in his homeland, a Catholic church in New Orleans, or in a Japanese concert hall, nothing quite satisfies like the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

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All Things Considered

Eric Clapton And J.J. Cale: Notes On A Friendship

Saturday, July 26, 2014

One year after J.J. Cale's death, his friend and fan Eric Clapton says we still don't know the half of the late songwriter's talent. Read Clapton's extended interview with NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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Morning Edition

'Purple Rain' Taught Me How To Be In A Band

Saturday, July 26, 2014

For Eric Deggans, Prince's movie wasn't just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as "a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out."

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War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Saturday, July 26, 2014

With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.

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Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he's still singing. At 70 he's put out a new album, "I Got More Soul." NPR's Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.

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The Devil Makes Three: Newport Folk 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The California trio plays acoustic string-band music with boozy aggression and unhinged intensity. The Devil Makes Three performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.

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Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Collaborators Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's album Child Ballads includes early traditional folk songs that still feel accessible. They performed on Friday at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.

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WNYC News

A Music Booth in the Boogie Down Bronx

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Residents of the Bronx can listen to some of their borough's most revered musicians as they wait for public transportation. 

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New Sounds

Chamber Music with a Groove

Saturday, July 26, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, hear some chamber music by composer Marc Mellits with a populist bent.  We’ll sample his work, “Tight Sweater," which contains traces of funk, echoes of rock, and minimalism's rapidly shifting patterns of notes and interlocking rhythms.  With the provocative and whimsical titles, ("Exposed Zipper," “Pickle Trousers” and “Mechanically Separated Chicken Parts”) the movements are compact and alarmingly catchy.

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Movies on the Radio

The Lyrical Loveliness of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm: David Garland spins musical highlights from "To Kill A Mockingbird," "The Great Train Robbery"; and "The Americanization Of Emily," among other films.

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From the Top

The National Youth Orchestra of the USA in Purchase, New York

Saturday, July 26, 2014

This week, From the Top is broadcasting from SUNY Purchase where the National Youth Orchestra of the USA has been in residence for two weeks, preparing for its national tour.