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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of May

Monday, June 02, 2014

No "may" about it — these definitely were the best electronic jams we heard last month.

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The Orwells, 'North Ave.'

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Orwells have been making fun, brash rock together since 9th grade — not so long ago for the five members. The band's second album, Disgraceland, is out June 3.

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Song Exploder

Nite Jewel - One Second of Love

Monday, June 02, 2014

In this episode, we'll get a deconstructed view of the song One Second of Love by Nite Jewel. I spoke to Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel and her partner and producer Cole MGN in their home studio in Los Angeles as they took a break from making a new...

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Miranda Lambert's 'Priscilla,' An Ode To 'Being Queen Of A King'

Monday, June 02, 2014

The chart-topping singer talks about fame, what country means to her and being "married to a man who's married to attention," in the words of "Priscilla," a song from her new album.

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Morning Edition

The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Matisyahu, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, June 02, 2014

The self-proclaimed "Hasidic reggae superstar" found success and earned countless fans of both classic reggae and the spiritual community. Watch him perform songs from his latest album, Akeda, in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Minimalism Meets English/Irish Folk Music

Monday, June 02, 2014

For this New Sounds program, listen to music that is able to combine pattern music with folk music of the British Isles, both England and Ireland.  Hear something from the Penguin Cafe, which is Simon Jeffes' son, Arthur and crew, and something by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra as well.  Also, there's music from Spiro, a combination of folk-sounding instruments (violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin and accordion) in the service of systems music (a.k.a. minimalism.)  Plus, hear music by Daniel Figgis, and something from Dave Flynn and the talented Dublin Guitar Quartet.

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Exploring Music

What Else Ya Got?

Monday, June 02, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin looks at a number of composers who are extremely well-known for a single piece of music and then examines other things they have written.

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Soundcheck

Jill Sobule Plays Live; The Science And Sound Of Language

Monday, June 02, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule enlisted famous authors to write lyrics about a second-hand charm bracelet she received as a gift. Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, James Marcus, David Hajdu, Mary Jo Salter, and others obliged. Sobule plays a few of the songs live, and Marcus and Hajdu join in for a conversation about the project.

When Lydia Denworth discovered that her two-year-old son had already experienced extreme hearing loss, she began to wonder how sound shapes our earliest perceptions of the world. She talks about her search for answers, and her book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Then and Now: Ukraine and Russia, Money and Politics

Monday, June 02, 2014

On today’s show: Historian Serhii Plokhy argues that disagreements between Russia and Ukraine played a major role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who’s been called one of the greatest classical musicians of her generation, on playing at the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial. Smith Henderson talks about his latest novel, Fourth of July Creek. Kenneth Vogel tells how American politics came to be dominated by very rich people with rather outsized personalities.

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Gig Alert: Sara McDonald Orchestra

Monday, June 02, 2014

Enormous jazz ensemble that includes string quartet plays at Tea Lounge. Download "Plans."

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full album all this week.

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Chamber Music Society

Remembering Loved Ones

Monday, June 02, 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 works by Brett Dean and Bedřich Smetana.

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First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The soul singer keeps reinventing others' songs and himself. James' new album is more direct than his earlier material in some ways, and more experimental in others, but grounded in a soulful groove.

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First Listen: Clipping., 'CLPPNG'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Let the band and album names be a warning for this industrial act featuring copious rapping. You are about to receive rough treatment, heavily stylized.

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First Listen: Mary Gauthier, 'Trouble & Love'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Gauthier works her way through stages of grief over a relationship, depicting each one as an all-consuming, transformative experience and stumbling onto blue notes that didn't exist before.

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First Listen: First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Swedish sister act got its start playing feather-light folk-pop confections. But Stay Gold is a statement of staying power; a collection of bright, smart, substantial songs that stick around.

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The Jonathan Channel

This Week: Staff Music Picks

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Each week, The Jonathan Channel brings you great music - no matter where you are. Here are our staff picks for the week of May 26 - June 2.

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WQXR Blog

What Pieces Should Be Played on the East River Piano?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

If the piano that washed up beneath the Brooklyn Bridge could be salvaged, and left in its current location, what sort of pieces would you want to hear?

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Albums of the Week

NY Philharmonic's New Top Clarinet Reveals Intimate Side

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Our featured albums include the Pacifica Quartet and clarinetist Anthony McGill, Ukrainian pianist Stanislav Khristenko and Concerto Italiano.

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