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Watch: Brooklyn Battle of the Boroughs

Friday, June 06, 2014

It's the Battle for Brooklyn! Twelve undiscovered musical acts will compete. Only one can be crowned the borough's best and go on to the citywide showdown: the Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs.

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Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 06, 2014

The pianist's refined and lyrical style is on display as she performs her own "Night Train" in a session from 2008.

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Spoon Premieres New Song Live

Friday, June 06, 2014

See the band premiere a brand new cut from its upcoming album They Want My Soul, in a special live performance. The webcast from Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on Jun. 9.

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First Listen: Willie Nelson, 'Band Of Brothers'

Friday, June 06, 2014

On Nelson's first album of mostly original material in 18 years, he paints a self-portrait of a long, up-and-down life — specifically the life of an artist.

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Drum Fill Friday, For June 6

Friday, June 06, 2014

Hear a series of drum fills and match them to the songs in our weekly puzzler. This week: legends of classic rock and jazz.

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First Listen: Popcaan, 'Where We Come From'

Friday, June 06, 2014

The dancehall singer's proclivity for the positive and his producer's ability to pull synth-filled R&B through the prism of dancehall makes for an uplifting album.

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Morning Edition

Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice'

Friday, June 06, 2014

The TV talent show ended with a surprise breakout star, 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia. She became a favorite after her first-round performance of Alicia Keys' "No One" went viral.

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Soundcheck

Kan Wakan: Moody Atmospheric Pop

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Los Angeles group Kan Wakan performs songs from their debut album Moving On live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Soundcheck

Industrial Musicals; The Complicated Story Of Gus Cannon; That Was A Hit?!? On Will To Power

Friday, June 06, 2014

In this episode: The book Everything’s Coming Up Profits digs into the golden age of post-WWII “industrial musicals” created by big American corporations. Co-author and Late Show With David Letterman writer Steve Young shares some of the Broadway quality songs composed for the auto industry in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Then: Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, tells Soundcheck the story of 20th century blues singer Gus Cannon, whose song “Walk Right In” was a hit for the Rooftop Singers in the 1960s. We take a listen to his minstrel-inflected music, and find out who he was singing for.

Plus: Another installment of our series That Was A Hit!?!, about "Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" by Will To Power.

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Studio 360

The Coyote and the Grasshopper

Friday, June 06, 2014

During the Great Recession, Americans, like Wile E. Coyote, looked down and noticed we ran out of cliff a while ago. If we’re going to pick ourselves up, it’s going to take hard work — not a quick call to the Acme Corporation.

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Studio 360

Forever Young and "Older"

Friday, June 06, 2014

The baby boomers thrived in the “me” decade and made greed good. Their relentlessly self-centered outlook set us up for economic calamity. Might the crash and its aftermath be their last chance at shaping up?

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Studio 360

They Might Be Giants but They Live in a Dump

Friday, June 06, 2014

The band They Might Be Giants channels the spirit of pre-crash Wall Street in an anthem of deflated expectations.

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Studio 360

Things We Don’t Say

Friday, June 06, 2014

Language is supposed to help us communicate — but some empty phrases just get in the way: 'it is what it is,' '(blank) is the new (whatever),' 'no worries.' They Might Be Giants has a list of sayings that have totally jumped the shark.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: RadioLoveFest

Friday, June 06, 2014

Join Soundcheck tomorrow night at BAM with Hamilton Leithauser, Wyatt Cenac, and San Fermin.

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New Sounds

RIP Elodie Lauten, 1950-2014

Friday, June 06, 2014

For this New Sounds program, we’ll look back at the music and career of the underrated and often overlooked French-born, New York-based composer and keyboardist Elodie Lauten, who died earlier this week, at the age of 63.  Listen to Lauten in many settings: interviews and performances in our studio and onstage from New Sounds Live, and her other commercial and unreleased recordings.  Hear some of the first work John Schaefer heard by Lauten in 1983, “Cat Counterpoint” for piano, concrete sounds and synthesizer, along with portions of a 1989 interview.  There’s also a performance at our piano from November of 1985, as well as a 1994 electronic performance in our studio, direct to the board with Lauten’s giant Proteus keyboard –– so as to better enable alternate tunings.  That work, Elodie Lauten’s “The Gaia Cycle” (1993) was created using universal modes, based on the Earth’s day/night cycle, which are not Western tunings, and avoid equal temperament, but “don’t hit you over the head,” with their alternate tuning.

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, June 05, 2014

This week in “Thanks, Internet” — Van Gogh's ear is back, an alternate ending to this week's Game of Thrones (spoilers), Zach Galifianakis makes the best music videos, John Oliver is a Great American, and fat cats take classic art to new places.

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Cahalen Morrison And Eli West On Mountain Stage

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Together, singer-songwriters Cahalen Morrison and Eli West evoke the lonesome roots of country and bluegrass music's earliest duets. The duo makes its debut appearance on West Virginia's famous stage.

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Holly George-Warren On World Cafe

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The biographer discusses the life of the late Big Star and Box Tops singer-songwriter Alex Chilton.

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Against Me! On World Cafe

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The punk band performs three songs from its latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

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Beastie Boys Win A Fight For Their Copyright

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The hip-hop band that reached its zenith in the 1980s won a $1.7 million judgment against Monster Beverage Corp., which used the band's music without permission.

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