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Preview: Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this preview of next week's episode, musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires get real about what it takes to hold their marriage together on the road. 

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Hamilton Leithauser, Live In Concert

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hear the Walkmen singer in a stirring, soulful concert, recorded live at Joe's Pub in New York City on April 16. Leithauser's solo debut is titled Black Hours.

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White Lung, 'Face Down'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In the VHS-filmed video for "Face Down," members of the endless-riffs-per-minute punk band White Lung speed through downtown L.A. and offer up some kind of burning-scarecrow crucifixion ritual.

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New Sounds

Music Inspired By Painters

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Hear pieces inspired by Matisse, Joao Miro, Max Ernst, Vermeer, and even the famous Paleolithic cave paintings in Lascaux, France.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Owen Pallett, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Watch the classically minded pop songwriter and composer formerly known as Final Fantasy perform songs from his superb new album, In Conflict, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

The Music Of L. Ron Hubbard; Asgeir Plays Live; Soundcheck's Guide To Brazilian Music

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this episode: Many know science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard as the founder and main proponent of the Church of Scientology. Fewer know of his musical career. Nathan Rabin -- who wrote about L. “Rock” Hubbard for Slate recently -- talks about the idiosyncratic musical offerings from the enigmatic icon.

Then: Icelandic songwriter Ásgeir's album, In the Silence, drew raves in his native country and the U.K. -- becoming the best-selling debut in Iceland. Hear the the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist perform songs from the the English-language version of the record, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: In the run-up to the World Cup, Soundcheck will be exploring the myriad musical sounds coming out of Brazil. Today, WNYC contributor and producer Marlon Bishop shares the sounds of an exciting new scene emerging north of the Amazon, influenced as much by Caribbean rhythms as it is by the urban sounds of Rio and Sao Paolo.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Here We Go Magic

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NYC electro-pop band plays on the East River waterfront at Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight. Download "How Do I Know."

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Amazonian Pop

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Soundcheck begins an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Marlon Bishop, editor of a new book about Brazilian music, about a resurgence of pop music from Brazil's northern state of Pará.

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New York Now

MATA Festival 2014 Opens Somewhere Between Noise and Silence

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Finland's chamber ensemble Uusinta performed an eclectic program of new music for the opening night of the 16th annual MATA Festival at the Kitchen on April 16. Hear the entire concert and individual piece on demand. 

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Last Chance To See Astronaut's 'Space Oddity' Video

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The YouTube video of astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station is set to come down as the licensing agreement on the iconic David Bowie song expires.

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Soundcheck

How To Ruin Your Band Name

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Dan Ozzi's "How To Ruin Your Band Name" throws more gasoline on the perennial debate about band titles. He's the editor for Noisey, VICE's music blog, and he joins John Schaefer in the studio to enumerate the (many, many) ways that a band can botch one of the biggest choices they have to make. 

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Soundcheck

Apple Could Soon Be The New Owner Of Beats Electronics

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There's a hotly debated acquisition reportedly underway in the music world: Apple -- the home of iPads, iPhones, and iTunes -- might soon be the new owner of Beats Electronics. The company known for its Beats by Dre headphones and Beats Music subscription music service could soon be under the Apple umbrella, if a multi-billion dollar deal goes through. We talk about the deal with New York Times music writer Ben Sisario

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All Things Considered

From B-Boys To Billions, A Brief History Of Hip-Hop As Business

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Apple is expected to buy Beats Electronics for more than three billion dollars, meaning Beats co-founder Dr. Dre would be close to becoming the first hip-hop billionaire.

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WNYC News

Vying for a Busking Spot Underground

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A ragtime xylophone player, a Buddy Holly tribute band and an eight-piece international ska/reggae/roots group are just a few of the 60 performers vying for a coveted spot playing in the MTA's Music Under New York Program.

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All Things Considered

Is The 'Xscape' Deluxe Version Worth It? 3 Words: Michael Jackson Demos

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For Xscape, Timbaland and other producers flesh out various songs the King of Pop never finished. But the demos included in the expanded edition provide a rare glimpse into Jackson's creative process.

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Pegasus Warning, 'Change'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pegasus Warning's twisted R&B takes a phantasmagorical turn in this surreal video from director Kofi Carson.

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Michael Martin Murphey On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A musician who leans toward the "western" side of country-western music, Murphey is known for getting cowboy music into the mainstream, a feat that has won him many awards.

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Fresh Air

Ray LaMontagne Finds The Bright Side On 'Supernova'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The achievement of Supernova is that, five albums in, LaMontagne hasn't settled into a formula or a fall-back recurring mood. Here, the singer-songwriter explores a sunny, psychedelic side.

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New Mix: Premieres From Nico Vega, Joe Henry, More

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Hear and download a new, insanely catchy Nico Vega pop tune, Joe Henry's stirring ode to aging, a 160-year-old Stephen Foster song that still resonates, and more.

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Why Tori Amos Connects

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tori Amos fans understand her music in elemental terms. To celebrate Unrepentant Geraldines, her excellent new album, we asked five of them to pinpoint the elements that make her so unmistakable.

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