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A Sax Trio Taps Tradition While Thriving In The Present

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On an assured debut, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio pivots from jazz's bygone eras into the hyperlinked modern age and back again.

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Siggtryggur Baldurson On World Cafe

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An interview with the head of the Iceland Music Exchange, which expands Iceland's musical footprint.

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Árstíðir On World Cafe

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hear the classical-folk band play four songs from the first of our Sense of Place visits to Iceland.

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Fresh Air

The Cowboy That Wasn't A Cowboy Sings

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new album from Cowboy Jack Clement has the prolific producer performing many of his best-known compositions with help of Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Rodney Crowell and John Prine.

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The Jonathan Channel

Happy Birthday Linda Ronstadt...And Videos!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The ‘You’re No Good’ singer has plenty of reasons to celebrate – 11 Grammy Awards, 100 million records sold, an Emmy Award, Tony and Golden Globe nominations, to name a few. Linda Ronstadt made her living singing Rock & Roll, but it was her interpretations of the Great American Songbook that really caught our attention. She may be enjoying her birthday in the Arizona desert in relative quiet (she was recently inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame after all), but the body of work she recorded soldiers on.

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TMM Editor Says Paul Simon's 'Obvious Child' Gets Her Up In The A.M.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

As "Tell Me More" enters its final weeks of production, editor Amita Parashar Kelly shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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New Mix: Robert Plant, Jeff Tweedy, Sarah Jaffe, Sinkane, The Bug, More

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On this week's All Songs Considered: ecstatic dance-rock from The Juan MacLean, premieres from the adventurous producer The Bug, folk-turned-experimental singer Sarah Jaffe, Sinkane and much more.

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Brody Dalle: Raging Into The Light

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The former lead singer of The Distillers and Spinnerette has a sandpaper- and velvet-tinged voice that speaks to rebellious young punks. Watch her perform a personal anthem, "Dressed in Dreams."

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The Polyphonic Spree, 'Hold Yourself Up'

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You'll want to join the band after watching the new video for its song "Hold Yourself Up."

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Song Exploder

Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy Morning Show (feat. Toy Light)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In this episode, rapper Open Mike Eagle talks about making the song Dark Comedy Morning Show, along with the track's producer, Walker Ashby, aka Toy Light. Mike breaks down how Toy Light's original instrumental version of this song inspired him, and...

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WNYC News

Change Is Gonna Come

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The March on Washington Film Festival celebrates the civil rights movement of the 1960s through film and music.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: B.J. Novak

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Office screenwriter, actor and producer about his new book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories -- and we hear some of his favorite music. 

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: The Peak Of Modern Rock; Tiny Victories Plays Live; B.J. Novak Picks Three

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In this episode: As part of Soundcheck's look back 20 years to the summer of 1994, charts guru Chris Molanphy walks us through the genre once labeled as alternative or "modern rock" -- bands like Soundgarden, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam and more.

Then: Two years ago, Tiny Victories wowed fans (and Soundcheck host John Schaefer) with Those Of Us Still Alive, an EP of ecstatic beats, layered electronic production, and ghost story songs built around haunting memories. Now its latest record, Haunts, the Brooklyn duo -- Greg Walters and Cason Kelly -- is back and further exploring that shadowy and complicated emotional territory of that EP live in the Soundcheck studio.

And: B.J. Novak is best known for his role as Ryan, the ne'er-do-well temp on the NBC comedy The Office. But he's also a screenwriter, producer, and author of a new book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Novak shares a decades-spanning playlist of some of his favorite songs and tells us why being a romantic person is delusional (even though he is one).

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: The Peak Of Modern Rock

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pop chart analyst Chris Molanphy talks about the rise of modern rock and how it became an alternative radio format; how musicians like Trent Reznor and Eddie Vedder were forced into the top 40 spotlight; and about the influence that this "alternative" genre has had on music over the last 20 years.

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New Sounds

New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.

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Soundcheck

Camera Obscura: Brutal Honesty Through Soothing Love Songs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This Scottish band's most recent album features cutting lyrics paired with soothing melodies. Hear Camera Obscura perform songs from their album, Desire Lines, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Landlady

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If you’ve heard the Vampire Weekend song “Diane Young,” you’ve heard the musician Adam Schatz — he played sax on the tune. Well, Schatz's band Landlady makes its own smart, satisfying pop melodies — like “Girl.” The Brooklyn art-rockers play an album release show at Baby's All Right tonight.

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All Things Considered

In Memory Of Lorin Maazel, The Maestro Behind The Castleton Festival

Monday, July 14, 2014

World-renowned conductor Lorin Maazel died Sunday at his home in Castleton, Va. He was 84. Robert Siegel spoke with Maazel about his life and career in 2009.

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Óli Palli On World Cafe

Monday, July 14, 2014

The radio personality spreads the word about five of his favorite Icelandic acts.

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Soundcheck

Bebel Gilberto: Warm And Intoxicating Bossa Nova

Monday, July 14, 2014

Part of the first family of Brazilian music, the alluring singer-songwriter performs songs from her latest album, Tudo!, in the Soundcheck studio.

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