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'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yankovic says the new digital democracy has forced him to focus his craft and reconsider his release strategy — but where pop parody is concerned, "as long as people don't mind, I'll keep doing it."

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Jack Antonoff Takes A Break From fun. To Release 'Desire'

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Jack Antonoff, lead guitarist for the band fun., wanted to break out on his own. Now he has — with his new band, Bleachers. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to him about the debut album, Strange Desire.

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35 Years After Minnie Riperton's Death, New Fans Still Find Her

Saturday, July 12, 2014

In Los Angeles on Saturday, the Decoders, along with a 20-piece band and a dozen vocalists, will perform a tribute concert to late soul singer.

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WNYC News

Seeger Fest: A Time to Remember, a Time to Celebrate

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A farewell to Pete Seeger combines music and activism.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Miners' Hymns Live

Saturday, July 12, 2014

From the New Sounds Live concerts, we'll hear “The Miners’ Hymns,” a film score from the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.  The work is a brass-heavy elegy to the coal mining culture in Northeast England, with the brass elements hearkening back to the colliery bands, which used to be the local entertainment.

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Movies on the Radio

Apes, Empires and Classical Influences

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, David Garland offers highlights from Michael Giacchino's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," and a new release of John Williams' "Empire of the Sun."

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Classics For Kids

What's a Rhapsody?

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A rhapsody is a piece of music in which several tunes are stitched together. Hear examples of rhapsodies by several famous composers, including George Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue," this week on Classics for Kids.

From the Top

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Saturday, July 12, 2014

From Chattanooga, Tenn., this week From the Top features an uproarious performance of the music of Japanese composer and pianist Hiromi Uehara, performed by a 14-year-old girl from nearby Maryville, Tenn. We'll also hear from a young singer who has raised more than $14,000 for arts programs at the local schools, and a local teenage guitar quartet serenades us with a classical arrangement of an Appalachian folk song.

Joe Locke On Piano Jazz

Friday, July 11, 2014

The vibraphonist, a formidable soloist, has broadened his work as a composer, bandleader and educator. He takes on standards, performs an original on piano and mashes up Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon.

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All Things Considered

The Musician's Secret Slang: A 'Crow,' An Oboe And A Cleveland Call-Out

Friday, July 11, 2014

Every profession has a jargon all its own; musicians are no different. Oboist Alli Gessner and blues musician Brian Brickley offer terms distinctive to music: "crowing" and "good night, Cleveland."

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The Jonathan Channel

Top 10 Oscar Hammerstein Videos

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tomorrow is the 119th birth anniversary of Oscar Hammerstein. To get ready for the celebration we’ve collected ten videos of some great interpretations of his songs. Leave us a comment and let us know which one is your favorite - or if we missed a great one – and tune in tomorrow afternoon at 4PM as we celebrate with the music of Oscar Hammerstein!

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All Things Considered

The Music — And Mess — In Ben Watt's Long Goodbye To His Father

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ben Watt is a singer and DJ, best known for being in the British pop duo Everything but the Girl. Now, he's back with a new album and a book that gives an inside look at his complicated relationship with his parents.

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All Things Considered

The History And Meaning Of Boy Bands

Friday, July 11, 2014

As long as there are teenage girls going through huge emotional changes, there will be groups of four to six young men singing pop songs to them (and sometimes dancing).

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Soundcheck

The World Cup Final: Who Will Rule The World?

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the World Cup final coming up on Sunday, Soundcheck host, and Germany supporter, John Schaefer, runs through the match up of titans, and tries to guess who the Brazilians will root for: the German team that destroyed them earlier this week, or their arch-rivals, Argentina.

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Suzy Bogguss On 'Song Travels'

Friday, July 11, 2014

She topped the country charts through the late '80s and '90s — and then started her own label and widened her range. Bogguss pays homage to Merle Haggard and discusses her love of American folk songs.

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Studio 360

Mike Doughty Goes to Hell

Friday, July 11, 2014

Composer and indie rocker Mike Doughty made a New Year’s Resolution to kickstart a long-delayed project: writing a rock opera based on the Book of Revelation. How’s it working out so far? Well, the Earth hasn’t opened up to swallow him yet.

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Expat Producer Finds A Sense Of 'Home' In Music

Friday, July 11, 2014

As Tell Me More enters its final weeks of production, producer Frederica Boswell shares her favorite songs for the program's 'In Your Ear' series.

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Drum Fill Friday, From Eternal Summers' Daniel Cundiff

Friday, July 11, 2014

Our weekly puzzler for careful listeners: This week we have a series of hand-picked drum fills from Daniel Cundiff, percussionist for the band Eternal Summers. Hear the fill and match it to the song.

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First Watch: Daniel Bachman, 'Coming Home'

Friday, July 11, 2014

In a Virginia sanctuary, the acoustic guitarist sits down with a slide to perform a song inspired by his mental state after a long tour: "slow, exhausted, defeated."

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Soundcheck

Juana Molina, Live In The Greene Space

Friday, July 11, 2014

Watch experimental Argentinian singer-songwriter perform on a special Soundcheck and Latino USA showcase, recorded live from WNYC's Greene Space.

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