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Morning Edition

Dolly Parton's Long Journey Home

Friday, May 09, 2014

The poor country gal who stormed Hollywood and built Dollywood says her career has come full circle. Parton speaks with NPR's David Greene about her new album and what hasn't changed in 50 years.

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Studio 360

A Century of Blues

Friday, May 09, 2014

W.C. Handy was the first to publish a body of songs identified as blues, based on lyrics and melodies from black Southern culture, that became known throughout America. Two of his biggest hits, “St. Louis Blues” and “Yellow Dog Blues,” were published in 1914, making the year a turning point in the history of the blues.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Josh Berwanger

Friday, May 09, 2014

Ex-Anniversary frontman plays solo tonight at the Knitting Factory. Download 'Baby Loses Her Mind.'

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New York Now

Watch Live: 'Meet the Composer' Launch Party

Friday, May 09, 2014

Celebrate the launch of Q2 Music’s groundbreaking new podcast, Meet the Composer, with a music party and live video webcast in The Greene Space at WQXR! Nadia Sirota hosts and featured guests include John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and many more.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Gabriel Kahane, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, May 09, 2014

Watch the prolific songwriter and composer perform selections from his ambitious Los Angeles-centric, The Ambassador, in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

With Bill Ryan & Billband Members

Friday, May 09, 2014

Meet composer and conductor Bill Ryan and Billband for this New Sounds program.  Ryan is the director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) new music group, and the mastermind behind 2007’s “story of the year in new music circles” where his all-student, all-volunteer band recorded Steve Reich’s 1976 masterwork, “Music for 18 Musicians,” to choruses of critical praise.  Bill Ryan and the ensemble went on to record Terry Riley’s “In C.”  Ryan is also a composer, and has recently released a record of his own compositions, “Towards Daybreak.”  Members of Billband - violinist/composer Todd Reynolds, and Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Ashley Bathgate- perform Ryan’s works live in the studio. 

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Soundcheck

Ministry's Al Jourgensen; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live; The Rise Of Narco Cultura

Friday, May 09, 2014

In this episode: Ministry might have started off playing new wav and synth pop in the 1980's, yet it evolved into one of the most important industrial rock bands of all time. Ministry's frontman Al Jourgensen has been there through it all, and tells it all in his new memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen. Jourgensens discusses his, frankly, insane life and about what the future holds for the band.

Then: The Northhampton, Mass. pop punk band Speedy Ortiz performs songs from its debut record Major Arcana, and an early, then still-untitled version of "Everything's Bigger," from the just-released EP Real Hair, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Shaul Schwarz, director of the gripping new documentary Narco Cultura, talks about exploring two very different sides of the outlaw-fueled culture that has grown up around Mexico’s drug wars.

 

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Studio 360

Rihanna vs. Avril, John Mayer vs. Pepé Le Pew, and more

Thursday, May 08, 2014

This week in "Thanks, Internet!": Billy on the Street's great new game show, a 90s alt-rock supercut, Rihanna's singular meet-and-greets, and more.

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Mi Casa Es Tu Casa: Ali Gua Gua And Miss Bolivia

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Mexico's Ali Gua Gua brilliantly fuses traditional cumbia with punk and hip-hop. She invited Alt.Latino and Fusion to her house for an intimate performance alongside Argentine rapper Miss Bolivia.

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Lucius, 'Don't Just Sit There'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

"Don't Just Sit There," by the great live band Lucius, is one of the most contagious pop songs of the past few years, and now it's got an intriguing illustrated lyric video.

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Sia, 'Chandelier'

Thursday, May 08, 2014

A video for Sia's new single features a mind-boggling performance from 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler. The elaborate routine was choreographed by Ryan Heffington; Sia co-directed.

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Soundcheck

The Pogues' Accordion Player Recounts A Dozen Raucous Years On The Road

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Pogues streaked to stardom in the mid-1980's with an infectious blend of punk aggression and Celtic melody. The band's accordion player, James Fearnley, has just released his memoir in the U.S. and reflects on a dozen years with the notoriously pugnacious and booze-fueled band. 

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Alan Blackman's 'Coastal Suite' On JazzSet

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The pianist loves water and music. Inspired by a trip along the Pacific Northwest, The Coastal Suite spins out as one uninterrupted arc.

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Mothers Of Intervention: The Operatic Moms Puzzler

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Mothers in opera tend to be, well, operatic — stressed, dramatic, expressive. Try identifying the manic moms in this Mother's Day puzzler.

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Is It Worth It To Work It?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Iggy Azalea, Lily Allen and Sky Ferreira may not have much in common as musicians, but all three have recently drawn fire for appropriating masculine African-American imagery.

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Gregory Alan Isakov On Mountain Stage

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The South African-born musician has been on the road since he was 16. As a result, many of his songs evoke the landscapes and images of his travels. Today, he's accompanied by a cellist and violinist.

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The Takeaway

How Music & Technology Influence Each Other

Thursday, May 08, 2014

From Chet Atkins to Jimmy Page, musicians have been pushing the technical limits of their instruments and gadgets since the first bang on a drum. And today, those limits are being pushed even further.

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Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr. Lives On Through Daughter's Stories

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Many people considered Sammy Davis Junior the greatest entertainer of his era. His daughter Tracey Davis shares stories from her book Sammy Davis Jr.: A Personal Journey with My Father.

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Studio 360

Extra Credit: 1914 Blues Challenge

Thursday, May 08, 2014

W.C. Handy was the first to publish a body of songs identified as blues, based on lyrics and melodies from black Southern culture, that became known throughout America. His hit “Yellow Dog Blues,” was published in 1914, making the year a turning point in the history of the blues. Now we want to hear your version of the classic.

Enter the 1914 Blues Challenge

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The Steel Wheels On Mountain Stage

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Once a staple of house parties and East Coast festivals, the Virginia band has risen to the top of the Americana charts — and the covers of music-industry publications.

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