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Album Review: 'We Are All Young Together'

Friday, July 04, 2014

Keyboard player Walter Martin is best known for his part in the indie band The Walkmen. After the group took a break last year, though, Martin ventured into kids music. Reviewer Stephen Shepherd says Martin's solo debut, We Are All Young Together, is surprising, sweet and playful.

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'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday Shares Wisdom On Getting Through Tough Times

Friday, July 04, 2014

Jennifer Holliday won a Tony for her performance in 'Dreamgirls.' But the singer's life wasn't always glamorous. She talks with host Michel Martin about battling depression and her latest album.

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The Good Listener: On Recommending Songs With Profanity

Friday, July 04, 2014

When praising a new band to friends, should you warn them about salty language for their kids' sake?

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Immigrant Voices: Writers Share Stories Of Coming, Staying, Going Back Home

Friday, July 04, 2014

In the new book Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, writers from around the world explore the immigrant experience. Hear their stories — and music from Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.

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World Cafe's July 4th Mixtape

Friday, July 04, 2014

Celebrate Independence Day by treating your ears to this playlist of America-themed favorites.

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Drum Fill Friday: Fourth Of July Edition

Friday, July 04, 2014

Our weekly puzzler for careful listeners: Hear a series of drum fills (and intros) and match them to the song. This week we celebrate our nation's independence with songs that say "America!"

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All Things Considered

Celebrating A Star-Spangled Anthem ... That's Really Hard To Sing

Friday, July 04, 2014

It's been nearly 200 years since Francis Scott Key wrote the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1814. Set to the melody of a popular English tune, America's anthem spans one and a half octaves.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Widowspeak

Friday, July 04, 2014

Psychedelic pop duo plays Union Pool tomorrow. Cool off with 'Calico.'

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Soundcheck

Behind The Supremes; How 'Dancing In The Street' Got People Moving

Friday, July 04, 2014

Soundcheck takes a look back 50 years, to the summer of 1964 -- a year also known as "The Freedom Summer."

First: For a time, the most successful American performers of the 1960s, The Supremes rivaled even The Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky shares some stories behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” -- and shows how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential to the evolution of modern music.

Then: Writer Mark Kurlansky delves into Martha and the Vandellas' hit song “Dancing in the Street,” and the new meaning it took on during the Civil Rights movement.

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New Sounds

West Looks East: Japan

Friday, July 04, 2014

For this New Sounds program some Western musicians look to Japan for inspiration both melodic and instrumental. Hear selections from a recent release by cellist/composer Jordi Savall called "Hispania & Japan - Dialogues," created following the catastrophes in Japan in 2011.  It's actually based on a previous project from 2006, "The Route of the Orient," revolving around the Spanish Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier (Francisco Javier).

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Studio 360

Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, July 04, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

 

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Louis's Jazz at 'Andriessen 75' Festival

Friday, July 04, 2014

Wednesday, July 9 at 11 am ET, Phil Kline continues his presentation of the "Andriessen 75" festival in Washington, D.C. with "Andriessen's Piano/Andriessen's Jazz" featuring pianists Molly Orlando and Francesca Hurst as well as the Brad Linde Jazz Ensemble.

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Soundcheck

'Dancing In The Street' Explained

Friday, July 04, 2014

The Martha and the Vandellas song “Dancing in the Street” was originally supposed to be a summer dance hit. But then the 1960’s happened — and “Dancing in the Street” took on a whole new meaning.

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Soundcheck

Behind The Supremes

Friday, July 04, 2014

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky joins us to get behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” and to show how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential ...

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Essence: Songs From America's Biggest R&B Festival

Thursday, July 03, 2014

As the Essence Music Festival kicks off in New Orleans, we offer a non-stop stream playlist of songs by musicians who have played the festival during its 20 year run.

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All Things Considered

Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

Thursday, July 03, 2014

"It's strange to admit it, but this is kinda the job we were born for," Questlove says of his group's serving as house band for The Tonight Show.

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Chrissie Hynde On World Cafe

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Since The Pretenders' formation in the late 1970s, Hynde has identified as part of the band. Now, she's on a solo mission, but still has help from some rock-star friends. Hear a four-song set.

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Soundcheck

Linda Perry: A Non-Blonde Turned Music Mogul And Reality TV Star

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Linda Perry's voice is known to anyone who's every belted along to 4 Non Blondes' 'What's Up.' Now she's bringing her unique personality to a new VH1 show called 'Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project.' She joins John Schaefer to talk about her many contributions behind-the-scenes in the music biz.

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The Jonathan Channel

DJ for A Day: Tony DeSare

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tuesday at 7PM, pianist Tony DeSare takes over The Jonathan Channel acting as guest DJ for a day. Recently, DeSare thrilled a packed house at our live BAM show and was named a "Rising Star" by Downbeat Magazine. So, we thought it would be a good idea to have him in the studio. 

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Gungor On 'Song Travels'

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Michael and Lisa Gungor join host Michael Feinstein to talk about transformations in faith, family and life.

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