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Puss N Boots: Breathing New Life Into Country Rock Classics

Monday, July 07, 2014

Hear the all-star singer-songwriter trio comprised of Norah Jones, Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson perform songs from its debut album, No Fools, No Fun, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Exploring Music

The Four Seasons

Monday, July 07, 2014

From the boundless majesty of the summer sun in Haydn’s "Die Jahreszeiten" to the frosty snow and shivering winds of Vivaldi’s "Winter," this week is dedicated to music inspired by the changing seasons. Come and find out how something as natural and routine as the seasons and the changes between them can inspire a wide variety of music.

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: The Staying Power Of Lisa Loeb's Biggest Hit

Monday, July 07, 2014

Twenty years ago, Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" was everywhere: on the Reality Bites soundtrack, on heavy rotation on MTV, and on the Billboard Hot 100 -- at No. 1 for three weeks in August. Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio tell the story of the song.

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Hammered!

Celebrating the Legacy of Composer-Pianist David Burge

Monday, July 07, 2014

This week on Hammered! Lisa Moore continues her survey of modern piano concertos alongside a new focus on the phenomenal American new music pianist and composer David Burge (1930-2013). An indefatigable champion of 20th-century music, Burge performed from the 1950s onward on some of the world’s most renowned concert stages.

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: Lisa Loeb's 'Stay'; Emma Straub Picks Three; Jenny Scheinman And Friends Play Live

Monday, July 07, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck continues its look back 20 years ago to the summer of 1994 with the once-ubiquitous Lisa Loeb song "Stay (I Missed You)." Twenty years ago, it was everywhere… on the Reality Bites soundtrack, on heavy rotation on MTV and on the Billboard Hot 100 -- at No. 1 for three weeks in August. In good company with Ace of Base, Boyz II Men and others, Lisa Loeb was different in one key way: She wasn’t signed to a label. Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio tell the story of the song.

Then: Brooklyn author Emma Straub -- who has a summer hit with her breezy new novel, The Vacationers -- shares three favorite songs as part of a Pick Three playlist.

And: Violinist and songwriter Jenny Scheinman brings guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade to the Soundcheck studio to play songs from her new album, The Littlest Prisoner.

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New Sounds

Choral Music Without Words

Monday, July 07, 2014

Hear choral works that make use of a choir for color and texture, rather than the delivery of a text on this New Sounds.  From violinist and composer Timba Harris, listen to an album length suite of pieces about the Cascade Mountains at the time of Mount St. Helens’ eruption in 1980.  His “neXus I: Cascadia” features a big choir and minimal strings and electronics, depicting a monarch butterfly, black bear, and the flora and fauna in the in the Pacific Northwest affected by the eruption of the volcano. Also, listen to a work without words written for vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, called “AEIOU,” by Ecstatic Music Festival founder and composer Judd Greenstein. Plus, the vocal ensemble, New York Polyphony, makes over the medieval into something modern with their remix of a Gregorian chant piece.  And more.

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Concerts from The Frick Collection

Pianist Anna Vinnitskaya Makes Her New York Recital Debut

Monday, July 07, 2014

The broadcast season of Concerts at the Frick kicks off with Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya making her New York recital debut. Click through for the full, unedited concert.

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Meet the Composer

Bonus Track: The Wind in High Places by John Luther Adams

Monday, July 07, 2014

John Luther Adams wrote his first string quartet at age 59. Download The Wind in High Places as Meet the Composer's first Bonus Track with John Luther Adams.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Nona Hendryx

Monday, July 07, 2014

Veteran soul singer performs at Joe's Pub tonight. Download, "Give Love A Try."

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' Festival Showcases String Quartets

Monday, July 07, 2014

The week-long festival celebrating Louis Andriessen's life and work concluded with a concert presentation of his complete string quartets. The Aeolus Quartet, Juilliard's graduate resident string quartet for this year, performed. Stream excerpts from the concerts on demand. 

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First Listen: Luluc, 'Passerby'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Luluc writes songs for late-night drives and uneventful mornings — stuff to slow the blood and the world outside. On its second album, the duo uses calm as a medium unto itself.

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First Listen: Trampled By Turtles, 'Wild Animals'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The bluegrass-based folk-rock band knows how to play at extreme speeds, but its new album is a thoughtful, stately grower — a far cry from the fiery freneticism of Trampled by Turtles' live shows.

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First Listen: Little Daylight, 'Hello Memory'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Hello Memory is synth-driven, youthful electro-pop, but there's substance to it, too. Little Daylight sounds breezy and grounded, heady and cerebral, with its feet on the ground even as it soars.

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First Listen: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

"The rhythm of life goes round," the singer repeats, summing up a set ranging from politics to gang violence to gender identity. He's in fine voice, belting and going gentle without strain.

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All Things Considered

Years After 'The Killing Moon,' Echo & The Bunnymen Still At It

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The band Echo & The Bunnymen has released its first new album in five years, called Meteorites. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with frontman Ian McCulloch about the release.

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Folk Alley Presents: Della Mae

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Celia Woodsmith of Grammy-nominated string band Della Mae comes from a family that loves a poem — "The Hound Of Heaven." Watch the group perform a song it inspired at Ohio's Folk Alley.

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The Kentucky Sisters And Old-Time Tunes As Doorways To History

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Though not yet 30, The Kentucky Sisters sing songs that date back to the 1920s. Along the way, they've found that a little emotional involvement can make learning history a lot more fun.

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In Islamabad, A Rare Piano Teacher Pursues His Mission Quietly

Sunday, July 06, 2014

One of the few piano teachers in Pakistan's capital is determined to keep his art alive. To avoid being victimized by hard-line Islamists, he teaches on digital keyboards with the volume dialed down.

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Even Broadway Has Its B-Sides: The Lost Songs Of Sheldon Harnick

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello!, wrote dozens of songs for those shows and others that never saw the stage.

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To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Land a deal with a label or put out records on your own: Both options carry big risks. For musicians today there's a middle ground, but getting your songs in front of people will still cost you.

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