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The Wailers Carry On Bob Marley's Legacy

Monday, June 09, 2014

The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums. As they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic album Legend, the group shares what it's like to carry on Bob Marley's legacy.

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Laverne Cox Loves 'Trouble'

Monday, June 09, 2014

Netflix's Orange is the New Black is back, and Laverne Cox returns to her role as transgender prisoner Sophia Burset. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" feature, she shares her favorite music.

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Soundcheck

Girl Talk And Freeway Collaborate On 'Broken Ankles'

Monday, June 09, 2014

Girl Talk's Greg Gillis and Philadelphia rapper Freeway talk about their new collaborative EP, Broken Ankles.

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London Grammar On World Cafe

Monday, June 09, 2014

The British trio visits WXPN's studios for a poignant live performance. In the midst of a gorgeous set, the band members tell an amusing story of how they first came together.

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The Jonathan Channel

Cole Porter: A Musical Legacy

Monday, June 09, 2014

Today at 4PM, we're commemorating the 123rd birth anniversary of Cole Porter with back-to-back Cole Porter tunes. Spend your Monday afternoon enjoying four-hours of Cole Porter's classic compositions. We'll play the hits you expect (and love); "I've Got You Under My Skin", "I Get A Kick Out of You", and some rarer recordings. 

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Ladies And Gentlemen, Silence Please, For Sir Mix-A-Lot

Monday, June 09, 2014

A version of the hit "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Seattle Symphony drew a large crowd of dancers to the stage this weekend.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Alexander Melnikov Exudes Warmth in Shostakovich's Preludes & Fugues

Monday, June 09, 2014

Pianist Alexander Melnikov's rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, just reissued in a recent Harmonia Mundi recording, present the music of Shostakovich at its most agreeable. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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The Greene Space

Vote for Brooklyn's Best Band!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Which of these undiscovered musical acts should be crowned Brooklyn's best?

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KEXP Presents: Young Fathers

Monday, June 09, 2014

KEXP hosts hundreds of in-studio sessions a year, but it's rare when the station's entire staff is blown away. Watch the soulful Scottish trio Young Fathers perform "Get Up."

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Amatorski, 'Fragment'

Monday, June 09, 2014

Amatorski is a Belgian group that plays sweetly wistful, dramatic music. Here's a beautifully animated video for its song "Fragment" — a wonderful introduction to this dreamy band.

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WQXR Features

CD Box Set Giveaway: The Complete Strauss Operas

Monday, June 09, 2014

Sunday is the last day to enter for a chance to win a CD box set of Strauss' complete operas from Deutsche Grammophon.

Exploring Music

Exploring Richard Strauss

Monday, June 09, 2014

Richard Strauss — whose musical life spanned nine decades, two world wars and the Third Reich — was one of Germany's most gifted and controversial figures. Host Bill McGlaughlin explores Strauss' tone poems, operas and life both public and private in this five-part biography.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Rhythms Of Pernambuco

Monday, June 09, 2014

Soundcheck continues an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of Brazil-meets-Bourbon-Street ensemble Nation Beat, about the sounds of Pernambuco in the northeast of the country.

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Chamber Music Society

Schumann and Schubert

Monday, June 09, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features Schumann’s Three Romances for oboe and Schubert’s "Death and the Maiden" quartet.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Life Size Maps

Monday, June 09, 2014

Swirling electronic pop trio plays at Pianos. Download "This Same House."

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Soundcheck

Soundcheck Guide To Brazilian Pernambuco; Kishi Bashi Plays Live; Girl Talk And Freeway Collab

Monday, June 09, 2014

In this episode: With the World Cup starting in Brazil this week, Soundcheck takes a listen to various styles of music coming out of the country's northeast. Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of the Bourbon Street-meets-Brazil band Nation Beat, presents a "Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Pernambuco."

Then: The looping violinist and singer Kishi Bashi has played with Regina Spektor and the band Of Montreal -- and won over fans with his own gorgeously layered and catchy songs. Hear him performs songs from his smart and effervescent new album, Lighght, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The mash-up artist Girl Talk recently collaborated with the rapper Freeway for an experimental mixtape, Broken Ankles. The self-described “Pennsylvania Dream Team” talks about how the project made each of them re-think their respective styles.

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New Sounds

A Musical Babel

Monday, June 09, 2014

Unlikely combinations of cultures and traditional musics give a global perspective on this New Sounds program.  Listen to a musical portrayal of an imaginary Syria, "Syriana." It's a London-based ensemble with musicians from Syria and parts of the Near East, featuring the Pan-Arab Strings of Damascus.  There's also music by sax player Uri Gurvich from his forthcoming record, “BabEl,” a mixture of oud  and North African percussion with some saxophone, piano, bass and drums.

 

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WQXR Features

Part 1 - Epic Tales Well Told: Strauss's Tone Poems

Monday, June 09, 2014

Strauss first came to international attention writing tone poems, his virtuoso symphonic works that portray stories, characters, and even philosophical ideas.

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First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot'

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The Colombian band thoroughly understands musical traditions. How better to eviscerate them? Meridian Brothers' off-kilter melodies veer from the inviting to the dissonant in a matter of seconds.

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First Listen: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour'

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Smith has a steady, well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto in a hairsbreadth. He doesn't feel the need to hide — certainly not by stifling his vocal skills.

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