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Robert Cray On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One of America's premier blues players brings his band to West Virginia's most famous stage.

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Fresh Air

The Bronze Buckaroo Rides Off Into The Sunset

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The black singing cowboy Herb Jeffries sang a Duke Ellington hit and appeared in 1930s westerns like Harlem Rides the Range and The Bronze Buckaroo.

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They Might Be Giants, 'Tesla'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

On a new song, They Might Be Giants pays homage to the miraculous inventor and thinker Nikola Tesla. The innovative video includes multiple versions of the song, each with haunting visuals.

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World Cafe Next: Landlady

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The adventurous Brooklyn folk-rock band will release its first album, Upright Behavior, this summer.

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Owen Pallett: The Consummate Musician, In Conflict

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Last year, Owen Pallett played on Arcade Fire's Reflektor and picked up an Oscar nomination for his score for Her. The songwriter explains the tensions at work on his highly personal new solo album.

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Soundcheck

Soundcheck's Ultimate Summer Mix

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's time to debut our crowdsourced Ultimate Summer Mix -- featuring seasonal classics like "Hot Fun In The Summertime" and "School's Out" and more unexpected gems, like The Church's "Under The Milky Way" and Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang!"

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Tom Wopat On 'Song Travels'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Dukes of Hazzard star performs his own interpretation of the standard "I've Got Your Number" and joins host Michael Feinstein for a rendition of "I'm Nothing Without You."

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Hozier: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Andrew Hozier-Byrne, a 24-year-old Irish singer-guitarist, wraps his rich, vital, soulful voice around songs rooted in the blues. Here, Hozier and his band perform in the NPR Music offices.

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New Mix: Royksopp & Robyn, LP, Bishop Allen, More

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

On this week's show we roll the windows down with a wind-whipped, sun-dappled mix of rock and pop, including premieres from Bishop Allen and LP.

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Mark Stewart On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Conch shells, a 19th-century relative of the tuba, and wooden nose flutes are just a few of the odd instruments you'll find in the apartment of Paul Simon's music director.

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Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The trumpeter demonstrates his love for his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, in a performance of "Fiesta Mojo." He also joins host Marian McPartland for Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" in a 2004 session.

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Guest DJ: Eric Prydz

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Swedish-born superstar DJ and producer takes over the first hour of this week's Metropolis.

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New Sounds

Atmospheric Percussion Works

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This New Sounds is chock full of works that use percussion atmospherically.  Hear the looped hockety rhythms of the Portico Quartet, who create a hypnotic electrified and trancey soundworld on their most recent release.  There's also concert music from the wide-ranging New York luminary, Joseph Byrd, as performed by ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble), featuring Timo Andres.  Plus, pianist Benedikt Jahnel and his trio focus on rhythmic placement to achieve atmospheric wordless songs. Perhaps there will also be music from drummer Allison Miller or a gamelan-laden dance score from composer Mary Ellen Childs. And more.

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The Rose Note with Isabel Rose

The Rose Note with Isabel Rose

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tonight at 9PM, tune in to The Rose Note. Isabel will be spinning her favorite records and promises to take you on a "journey into a swirl of sonic heaven!" You'll hear a bit of Peggy Lee, Lena Horne and many others.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Reggie Watts, Live On Soundcheck

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Watch the brilliant comedian and extraordinary loop-happy musician construct his hip-hop and soul-infused songs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Sharon Van Etten Plays Live; NY Philharmonic's Biennial; Enigma's 'Sadeness' Was A Hit?!?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In this episode: Since she last visited Soundcheck, Sharon Van Etten has opened up for The National, toured as a backup singer with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and recorded a Bruce Springsteen cover at the Stone Pony. Hear the singer-songwriter and her band perform songs from her just-released fourth album, Are We There, in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: New York Philharmonic music director and conductor Alan Gilbert talks about dreaming up the first-ever NY Phil Biennial, which kicks off this week. We take a listen to some of the new music that will be showcased.

And: Charts guru and writer Chris Molanphy explores the puzzling success of another chart-topping single -- this time, the sexy New Age, Gregorian chant-laden “Sadeness” by Enigma -- as part of our series That Was A Hit?!?

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Gig Alert: BOSSABRASIL

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two Brazilian music icons play together for the first time in NYC at Birdland tonight. Listen to Roberto Menescal and Marcos Valle, featuring Wanda Sá, on "O Barquinho."

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On The Media

TLDR #26 - A Gold Bottle of Champagne The Size of An Adult Human Man

Monday, May 26, 2014

Most people use social networks to present themselves as happier than they really are - it's hard to get an honest read on anyone. But writer Charlie Warzel believes there's a secret method you can use to find out how someone is actually feeling online. On TLDR this week, we try to use Charlie's method to divine the secret heart of Drake, the rapper.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Western Wind Vocal Ensemble Delivers Buoyant Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble’s latest album, featuring music by Meredith Monk and Eric Salzman, employs theatrics that reveal the sextet's unique sound. Listen to the entire album all this week.

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Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan

Monday, May 26, 2014

The country music star rescheduled an Iowa gig so he could travel to Bagram Airfield with the president. Paisley's change of plans turned out to be a boon for vendors at the Tree Town Music Festival.

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