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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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Song Premiere: Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens, 'Sinner'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

50 years after she moved from Alabama to New York, Naomi Shelton is about to release her second album. On "Sinner," she infuses a gospel confessional with grit, soul and groove.

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Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A cover of the 1940s tune "Full Moon and Empty Arms," popped up on Bob Dylan's website. Is this a hint of a new record to come?

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Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

After nearly 30 years, 20 albums and countless concerts, the acclaimed vocal ensemble has announced the 2015-16 season will be its last. Hear a preview of the group's forthcoming album love fail.

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The Takeaway

Michael Jackson Resurrected in New Album

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Michael Jackson died in 2009, but for the second time since then, the King of Pop has a set of new songs coming out. The album, Xscape, goes on sale today, and features demos of unreleased vocal tracks that Jackson recorded in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Sharon Van Etten, 'Every Time The Sun Comes Up'

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In the video for "Every Time The Sun Comes Up," an aging late-night horror TV host and an animated version of Sharon Van Etten summon both dark humor and real human sadness, beautifully sung.

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Soundcheck

Gone But Not Forgotten: Ten Early Electronic Music Classics

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

An especially retro-leaning song from Los Angeles-based electronic duo Room8 has Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinking that the sounds of the 1970s and '80s are having a new moment.
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Morning Edition

'Bound To Sound Different': The Black Keys On Going Big

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In an extended conversation with NPR's Steve Inskeep, the band offers insights on the relationship between creative process and success.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Inside Looks at An Oil Boom, A Musical Resurrection and An Ill-Fated Voyage

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Should We Have the 'Right to Be Forgotten' Online? | Audio Essay: A Poignant Warning About the Future from a Forgotten Writer | Ukrainian Journalists Navigate the Fog of War | Sleepy New Mexico Towns See Oil Boom | King of Pop Resurrected: A Look at Michael Jackson's New Album, 'Xscape' | ...

Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Wailers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bob Marley's reggae ambassadors play at Brooklyn Bowl. Listen to "Jamming."

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Soundcheck

Ásgeir: A Vibrant Icelandic Voice

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

After Ásgeir released his album, In The Silence, in his homeland in 2012, it became the fastest-selling debut ever in Iceland -- surpassing fellow Icelandic stars Bjork and Sigur Rós. Hear the 21-year-old singer-songwriter perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Bad Band Names; Apple Eyes Beats Music; Gabriel Kahane Plays Live

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In this episode: Dan Ozzi, the editor for VICE’s music site, Noisey, talks about his article “How To Ruin Your Band Name;” -- and argues that he shouldn’t have to know the secret history behind a name like SUNN O))) in order to pronounce it.

Then: Last week, it was widely reported that Apple -- the home of iPads, iPhones, and iTunes -- might soon have a new product line under its wing: Beats Electronics, the company known for its Beats by Dre headphones and Beats Music subscription music service. Soundcheck speaks with The New York Times' arts reporter Ben Sisario about the implications of this historic deal. 

And: For his latest album, The Ambassador, Gabriel Kahane turns toward a place that his family has sometimes called home, Los Angeles. Watch the pianist and composer plays some of his L.A.-centric chamber pop songs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Music Inspired By Painters, Part 1

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This New Sounds program is the first of a three-part series of music dealing with paintings and/or painters.  Inspired by (electric) violinist Tracy Silverman, and his most recent release, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos,” where each part of a suite was titled after painters and their specific paintings. Listen to Silverman’s “O'Keeffe: Red Poppy” along with his “Picasso: Guernica.” Also, hear music by and about Kurt Schwitters from Brian Eno and then from the duo Ellis Island Sound.  There’s music from Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth, with her self-described “wacked-out homage to Sol LeWitt” as part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work, “Partita,” and more.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Seattle Symphony Launches Record Label with Focus on Contemporary Music

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lots of things have been going right for the Seattle Symphony lately, not least being a commission that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Listen to the freshman release on their new record label all this week. 

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World Cafe Next: Pattern Is Movement

Monday, May 12, 2014

This week's artist to watch is Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement. Check out two beautiful cuts that showcase their love of electronic and percussive music.

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Metropolis: 5/10/14

Monday, May 12, 2014

This week's mix by KCRW's Jason Bentley features new music from '90s rave star DJ Dan, a Chemical Brothers remix by Matthew Dear's Audion nom de plume, and Little Dragon remixed by grime star Swindle.

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All Things Considered

The Forgotten Pictures Of A Music Photography Pioneer

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jim Cummins was one of the few African-American photographers working in superstar rock, shooting everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Sonny & Cher. Along the way, he forgot about more than 2,500 negatives.

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All Things Considered

Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams'

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rapper Blitz the Ambassador hails from Ghana, but he has lately made New York City his home. This juxtaposition of continents and cultures has infused his beats with a wide range of sounds.

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Gotye On World Cafe

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hear the Australian pop star pay a visit to World Cafe in 2012 to perform songs from his new album, Making Mirrors.

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All Things Considered

Candi Staton: This Album Is 'An Anthology Of My Life'

Monday, May 12, 2014

Staton has been a child gospel singer, a '70s Southern soul hit-maker and then a disco queen. She's just released her 27th album, Life Happens.

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