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Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

With Hüsker Dü, Mould helped invent alt-rock, and he's kept innovating ever since. "For so many years, I ran away from my own sound," he says. At 53, he's caught up to himself.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Kishi Bashi, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Hear the looping violinist perform songs from his sophomore release, Lighght, a record filled with twinkling melodies and anchored by the buoyant Watch "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!"

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Soundcheck

Matisyahu's Spiritual And Musical Evolution; That Was A Hit?!? On Telstar; The Death Of The Movie Musical

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In this episode: Matisyahu, the self-proclaimed "Hasidic reggae superstar," found success and earned countless fans of both classic reggae and the Jewish community. Matisyahu reflects on the changes in his life, the evolution in his spirituality and music, plus he and his band performs songs from his latest album, Akeda, in the Soundcheck studio.

 

 

Then: Charts analyst Chris Molanphy shares the unusual and dark story of an instrumental hit from 1962, The Tornados' "Telstar," as part of Soundcheck's series, That Was A Hit?!?

And: In a six-month period in the 1960s, three movie musicals premiered: Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, and The Sound Of Music. Each would sweep across American movie theaters, Billboard charts, and awards shows. They effectively killed the movie musical, according to the recent book, Roadshow: The Fall Of Film Musicals In The 1960's.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Nat Baldwin

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Dirty Projectors bassist plays songs from his solo record at Baby's All Right. Download "In The Hollows."

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Mixtapes

Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Pianist Roman Rabinovich in London

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Pianist Roman Rabinovich has appeared on the Young Artists Showcase before, but primarily as an accompanist. Tonight, he gets the spotlight as we eavesdrop on a recent recital at Wigmore Hall in London.

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What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Two weeks after the initial furor regarding mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught's first performance at the Glyndebourne Festival in the U.K., we're still examining how women are valued onstage.

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The Jonathan Channel

Tony DeSare: 5 Key Performances

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Declared a "rising star" by Downbeat magazine, vocalist/pianist Tony DeSare will join The Jonathan Channel Sunday afternoon for our live show at BAM. A perfect addition to the line-up, DeSare is a stellar interpreter of The Great American Songbook with a modern twist.   

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Noah Gundersen On World Cafe

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The former singer for bands like The Courage, Gundersen plays songs from his new solo album Ledges.

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Soundcheck

Warren Haynes: Muscular Rock From Gov't Mule Leader And Honorary Allman Brother

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Warren Haynes has played with The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead, and his own group, Gov't Mule. Hear the hard-working guitarist perform solo in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Della Mae On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The bluegrass band makes its first appearance on West Virginia's most famous stage. Della Mae's latest album, This World Oft Can Be, landed the group its first Grammy nomination.

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Fresh Air

Golem Ain't Your Grandparents' Klezmer

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The New York City band Golem describes its music as punk-klezmer. On Tanz, they mange to find new ways to balance urban irreverence with folk tradition.

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Soundcheck

A Concertmaster Says Farewell To New York

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The New York Philharmonic's concertmaster Glenn Dicterow talks with Soundcheck host John Schaefer about bidding farewell to the Phil after 34 years playing violin in the venerated orchestra. 

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All Things Considered

The Confounding, Enigmatic 'Ode To Billie Joe'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Tuesday is June 3, a date memorialized in a 1967 hit by singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry. Even with a suicide in the first verse, the song helped Gentry bump the Beatles off the top of the charts.

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The Jonathan Channel

Archived Weekend Playlists

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Looking for a song? Look no further. Every weekend, we collect Jonathan Schwartz' playlists and archive them. 

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Trampled By Turtles, 'Are You Behind The Shining Star?'

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The adventurous, rock-leaning bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles has a new album coming in mid-July called Wild Animals. This video is for the first single, "Are You Behind the Shining Star?"

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WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Frankie Cosmos

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Lo-fi songwriter Greta Kline and her band stop by Bandwidth's Wilderness Bureau studio in Washington, D.C., to perform in a pile of balloons. Watch Frankie Cosmos perform "On the Lips."

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The Jonathan Channel

Nelson Riddle: An Author of American Popular Song

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Nelson Riddle is widely considered to be one the of the greatest arrangers in this history of American popular music. Riddle was the preferred arranger of Frank Sinatra, producing the star’s most famous albums including the single "I've Got You Under My Skin". He won Grammy awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and influenced a generation of arrangers after him. Today at 12PM, Jonathan Schwartz plays his favorite Nelson Riddle arrangements & compositions.

 

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The Takeaway

Taking on Trauma Through Music and Art

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In his fourth studio album entitled "PTSD," Pharoahe Monch tells stories that represent painful experiences for him, but they have also made him a champion for people whose limitations and challenges have never made it into popular culture. 

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Soundcheck

The Teen Age Captures The Reckless Exuberance Of Youth

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Teen Age is still a relatively new band with only a few songs released so far. But the group has already made some waves thanks to its blown-speaker rockers, shoutable choruses, and reckless exuberance. That woozy youthful energy is on full display in the new music video for “Stop,” from the band’s debut EP, Ways To Adapt.

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