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Jeff Tweedy, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The resume of Jeff Tweedy includes groundbreaking bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and a new album made with his teenage son. Tweedy performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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Conor Oberst, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Bright Eyes singer has learned to channel his youthful intensity into real showmanship. Conor Oberst performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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The Jonathan Channel

Jonathan's Weekend Playlists

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Maybe you missed Jonathan's weekend shows? Rest assured they were what you have come to expect: well-curated shows, full of rare recordings and timeless songs. Just in case you missed any of it, we've put compiled Jonathan's weekend playlists. 

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Dawes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A heartwarming crowd-pleaser on stage and record, Dawes has become a Newport Folk Festival mainstay. The California roots-rock band performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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Ages And Ages, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The shambling folk-rock sing-alongs of this Portland group are infused with communal spirit and heart-filling inspiration. Ages and Ages performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.

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Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The gospel choir, featuring some of the best and brightest from Boston's talent-rich Berklee College of Music, opens the proceedings on Sunday, July 27 at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival.

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Deer Tick, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Think of Newport Folk staples Deer Tick as a turbo-charged bar band, free-wheeling and versatile. The group performed at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 26.

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: Pogo is YouTube's Favorite Musician

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Where some mash-up artists stun with clever technique or surreal juxtapositions, Pogo is first and foremost a fan, passionate and careful with sources like Alice in Wonderland and Fresh Prince. 

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Meet the Composer

Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman has followed a winding artistic path that nearly landed him in the architecture world. Lucky for us, he kept writing music. Tune in Tuesday at 7 pm on Q2 Music to find out why.

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Meet the Composer

Andrew Norman: Playlist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The complete breakdown of all the music used for scoring and illustration in Meet the Composer's episode two – Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture.

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Soundcheck

Karaoke With Rob Sheffield; Future Bible Heroes Play Live

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is turning to special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and studio performances.

In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his recent karaoke-themed memoir called Turn Around Bright Eyes – and about his favorite karaoke jams, do’s and don’ts in the karaoke booth, and karaoke’s meteoric U.S. rise from obscure Japanese hobby to mainstream American entertainment. 

Plus, the Soundcheck staff shares some of their karaoke hits and misses – from Temple of the Dog to Whitney – and asks listeners to do the same.

And: Synth-pop ensemble Future Bible Heroes recently put out Partygoing, its first full-length album since 2002’s Eternal Youth. Anchored by vocalist and lyricist Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, the group performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Melvis Santa

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cuban diva and her quartet perform at Minton's Harlem tonight. Download "Inmensidad."

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New Sounds

Brass Around the World

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For this New Sounds, enjoy an hour of works for brass, from the 19 piece French band Bigre! and sample some of the just-out release, “Brooklyn Babylon” from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, (only 17 pieces strong.)  There’s also music from east and western Africa - Ethiopia and Benin, along with music from Macedonia, Manhattan and even Albania.  The Albanian outfit Fanfara Tirana meets London’s Trans-Global Underground on their fabulous record, “Kabatronics,” and for more brass band power, there’s the Kocani Orkestar from Macedonia.  Plus, listen to classic 1970’s Ethio-groove from Mahmoud Ahmed and Benin’s classic funk heroes, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. 

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Meet the Composer

Andrew Norman: II. A Whole New World (of Timbre)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It's not just the ideas and final products that make Andrew Norman's music enthralling. Extended techniques, such as bowing a viola near the bridge, contribute to his unique timbre. Listen to the second movement of Meet the Composer Episode Two to hear demonstrations and explanations. 

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Meet the Composer

Andrew Norman: I. The Kid Is Alright

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman's teenage years were already filled with composing, but it took a college freak-out and some initially scary interactions with modernism to develop his current voice. Listen to the first movement of Meet the Composer Episode Two. 

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Meet the Composer

Andrew Norman: III. "Let's do it all."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Play for orchestra is a massive, inspired work. In movement three of Meet the Composer: Andrew Norman, discover the history of Norman's piece and hear how video game-inspired philosophy came to fruition in a 47-minute symphonic cloud. 

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The Jonathan Channel

Staff Picks: The American Songbook Live

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is committed to bringing you great music - it's our job. Each week, we compile a concert calendar that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most selective music fan. In case you can't make it out, we've added a playlist to the page! Here are our picks for July 28 - August 3.

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Nick Waterhouse On 'Song Travels'

Monday, July 28, 2014

His style may be his own, but it distinctly recalls the sound of the 1950s. The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter shares his love of 45 rpm records and raw, live rock 'n' roll.

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Fresh Air

Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jenny Lewis achieved musical fame as part of the indie band Rilo Kiley, which broke up in 2011. Her third solo album announces a new chapter in her career — and perhaps her life.

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Fresh Air

Jessica Williams On Piano Jazz

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dave Brubeck called her "one of the greatest jazz pianists I have ever heard." She digs up an old tune and calls two Monk numbers on this 1992 episode of the program.

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